Cheating Death

Given the chance, would you want to live forever? In the Epic of Gilgamesh, written over 4,000 years ago, a Sumerian king seeks eternal life. And 500 years ago, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon came to the Americas searching for the fountain of youth. Every generation, a new ploy for outsmarting the reaper emerges--always futile, always in vain. But is the key to immortality within reach? Some people think that technology will help us cure diseases, build new organs, and essentially reprogram our bodies' faulty software. Futurist Ray Kurzweil calculates that 20 years is all it'll take for this exponential boom in computing power to help us live forever. But other scientists are more skeptical. They say that to understand immortality, we must understand our own DNA.

Nowadays, there are enough companies offering you to preserve your DNA for various periods of time depending on the money you are ready to spend and even some (like DNA Live Forever) proposing storage unlimited in time till scientists will come up with a way to turn the DNA back into a living being. Till the time science discovers technology to regenerate a person from his/her DNA, those wishing to live forever have to learn to be emotionally fresh and ready to get surprised for eternity. The great thing is, just like when you go to sleep, you awake in what seem like a second. So when you go into the great sleep, a 100 or 300 years will go by like a second. This is without a doubt the real time travel or time machine of the future.

 

A famous man once remarked that the opinion of history won’t matter because in the future we’ll all be dead. Maybe…maybe not.


Kemo D. 7

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