Only The Rich Evolve

Apparently in about 20 years, with all the technological advances being made in medicine, we will all be able to have testing done to help prevent hereditary diseases we may be susceptible to, but regrow our own replacements organs and achieve immortality. Sound like a creepy sci-fi movie? It’s not. Let me explain.

American futurologist Paul Saffo of San Francisco says that due to specially tailored drugs and genetic research tools we will be able to completely avoid possible hereditary health dangers. He believes tomorrow’s world will be a fusion of biology and technology, where robots do chores, cars drive themselves, and artificial limbs are better than real ones. Now, I’m not exactly sure how one becomes a futurologist, but it sure sounds like an exceptionally cool job.

A few months ago, American scientist Ray Kurzweil stated that due to advancements in nanotechnology and an increased understanding of how the body works, immortality is only 20 years away. He says our understanding of genes and computer technology is accelerating at such an incredible rate that we will have the means to reprogram our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt and reverse aging, therefore letting us live forever. Kurzweil wrote in The Sun, “Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively.”

But the catch here is that all of these improvements will only be available to the “super-rich” and may eventually lead to a divide between the classes. The wealthy will evolve into a different species entirely, leaving the plebeians behind. According to Telegraph UK, Saffo told the Sunday Times, “I sometimes wonder if the very rich can live, on average, 20 years longer than the poor. That’s 20 more years of earning and saving. Think about wealth and power and the advantages that you pass on to your children.”

So eventually everyone’s life will be run my computers with those little holograms-like figures popping into our brains telling us what to do or what’s happening. We will all be cyborgs and have artificial limbs and organs. Well, at least the wealthy will because the not-so-wealthy humans will obviously all die off. If that’s what the “futurologist” thinks,  then it must be true.

Via: NY Mag, Telegraph,