Jeane Calment of France lived 122 years and 164 days. No one has come close since.
If you want to extend your ‘life’ for an eternity, theoretically it can be done.
You will likely not have a body, head, or arms and will have no use of the five senses with which we interact with this world.
You won’t need them, but if you insist, you can freeze your body and wait in the hope technology brings you back from the dead hundreds of years down the line and wake up to a different existence. But cryogenics is an expensive proposition and you’ll end up chilling alone for a while.
Meanwhile, most of this won’t matter if you don’t make it to 2050.
Futurist Dr. Ian Pearson argues that using the power of technology, humanity might be able to merge our minds with machines, making our bodies obsolete, stating: “One day, your body dies, and with it, your brain stops, but no big problem, because 99% of your mind is still fine, running happily on IT, in the cloud.”
You can connect to an android to use as your body, attend your own funeral, and then carry on as before, still you, just with a younger, highly upgraded body.
From 2050 and beyond, humans can replace android bodies, clouds and servers that compete at better preserving your consciousness.
You could live like an Avatar, yes the movie. Why not?
Or thanks to projects like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, your mind may just be a few simple clicks away from downloading yourself into a computer or robotic body.
Travel will be instantly rewarding. You just download yourself anywhere an android is stationed, and watch a football game, concert or attend a business conference.
Neuralink’s brain-computer interface could center around helping those with neurological mobility issues. But the eventual goal is to create a “digital superintelligence layer” to link humans with artificial intelligence (AI).
3D print your organs
Private institutions have found ways to 3D print organs like a 3D printed heart with human tissue and vessels which was unveiled just last year.
Companies like Skorpio Medical have gone as far as to begin research in the realms of 3D printed limbs. In the near future, you may be able to simply renew a body part, eye, leg, heart, when it goes bad.
Developments in robotics and prosthetics could open the gates to human-robot hybrids.
Keep getting younger, not older
This means that scientists can recreate a “younger you” in the form of an unevolved and unaged specimen, which could eventually turn into a fetus that will grow into an adult, with your DNA, which doesn’t age by the way.
See, the idea is to treat age as an illness and not a natural occurrence. “Once we understand how to reboot it and restore the functioning of DNA, we could have treatments for aging and perhaps even the possibility to reverse it, using cellular regeneration,” wrote Forbes.
Nanotech might seem positively supernatural, but, according to American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, it might be the thing that ends aging and death once and for all.
Imagine a time in which nanobots will course through our bodies, repairing damage before it grows out of control keeping us young and healthy.