Nanotech and immortality

John Carroll reviews Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near,”

we are all a bunch of nano-machines that have evolved over the course of billions of years. Weird stuff, and even weirder is to think that this kind of thing happened all on its own. That’s probably the reason some think there had to be some rational guiding principle to it all, as spontaneously self-organizing nano-machines seems too weird…
…unless that says something about the inherent structure of the universe, which in itself is weird. What a confusing puzzle we live in.

Read the review, read the book!



  1. Do you really believe that this kind of thing happened “all on its own?” With the connectivity of everything effecting everything else, nothing could happen “all on its own.” Nothing happens until something moves. Something obviously moved. Question is, what? (And why?)


  2. jeannie49, The “all on its own” quote is from the linked review of Ray Kurzweil’s book.

    Ray Kurzweil regularly addresses numerous ideas about where the path of technological development will lead us as a species.

    Ray Kurzweil is worth paying attention to. He is our modern day Descartes.

    Science and philosophy (including religious belief) will all be fed to the Singularity blender … likely sooner than any of us may think.

    What is the end result? Well, “A black hole in the Extropian worldview” seems to apply. We can’t really know, we can only strive for the best.


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