Human Immortality

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Jack Arnett
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Controversy: Human Immortality The speculation and realization that within the next 50 years, it is possible to extend human life span indefinitely. The science is progressing faster than we can keep up with, and the very real possibilities are no longer something of science fiction, but rather science fact. There are many things to consider both pro and con on this subject. Some see it as a great achievement in human evolution and part of the natural progression of our race. Some see it to bring forth the very worst of society and that moral decay will spread, for no longer is the fear of death a factor to consider. There have been many movies and books on this subject, and I will explore the impact of a few of them on society. The ethical questions that are being asked are needed and to plan ahead for this event in human history will need to be closely considered and controlled. There is also religious considerations, will the religious community embrace or repulse this science? Does this make us more Godlike and are we competing with God by bending his natural ways? I will evaluate both sides of this controversy and leave you to decide based on the information I present. Ray Kurzweil, author of “The singularity is near” explores the possibility and firmly believes that the singularity is nearly here. The technological singularity is a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable. Included in this…...

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