Published October 18, 2013
Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil devotes a lot of his life to postponing death.
Kurzweil, the brilliant 65-year-old inventor and futurist, is dead-set on living long enough to be immortal, although getting himself to that point has proven to be a lot of work in and of itself. In an interview with Maclean’s, Kurzweil reveals how he’s built himself a “bridge” to immortality by making sure his body holds together long enough for life-lengthening technology to really mature.
“In the last two health books I co-wrote, we talk about a bridge to a bridge to a bridge,” he explains “I can never say, ‘I’ve done it, I’ve lived forever,’ because it’s never forever. We’re really talking about being on a path that will get us to the next point. People sometimes ask me, ‘You take a lot of supplements. Do you really think it will make you live hundreds of years?’”
At this point, the Maclean’s interviewer asked Kurzweil how many supplements he takes a day and he replied “about 150.” Kurzweil says that all these supplements are keeping his body healthy enough for him to reach his ultimate goal of living long enough to reach the “nanotech revolution.” At this point Kurzweil says “we can have little robots, sometimes called nanobots, that augment your immune system” and can “be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.”
It should be noted that Kurzweil has also predicted in the past that by the late 2020s, we’ll be able to eat as much junk food as we want because we’ll all have nanobots injected into our bodies that will provide us with all the proper nutrients we need while also eliminating all the excess fat we’ll gain.