Monday, June 11, 2012

Book - "The Singularity is Near"

This book by futurist Ray Kurzweil is absolutely mind blowing!  I mean, I think you have to be kind of a science geek to really get into it, but I'll tell you about it anyways...  Kurzweil wrote this 652-page doorstop (harhar) to help us imagine the future, synthesizing our current technologies & predicting the developing ones, by explaining the practical applications.

Is this how you picture nanobots?

A lot of the book is about nanotechnology, which for me is the totally trippy part.  We are currently developing microscopic robots that mimic the functions of our own body's cells--blood cells, pancreatic cells, respiratory cells.  Do you realize the implications of this kind of technology?  No more diseases!  Because the teeny tiny robots swimming around in your body will fix all that!

This is not a joke, or some fairytale.

Kurzweil says, "Nanoscale scaffolds have been used to grow biological tissues such as skin.  Future therapies could use these tiny scaffolds to grow any type of tissue needed for repairs inside the body" (242).  ...Which theoretically means we'll be able to live forever!

This is a cell.

How exciting is that?  I'd love to hear what you think.

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