by Alex Vikoulov
"The only greatness for man is immortality."
- James Dean
I've been asked by Eric Schulke of The Movement for Indefinite Life Extension (MILE): Why do you support indefinite life extension? Here's my answer with a short video:
"First of all, just like most of us, I love life and I don't want to die. I think by dying you make your life experience, your unique world perspective, somewhat irrelevant. It's like you went on vacation, and when you're back home, you realize that you lost your camera with all your photos and videos.
The problem with the society today is that most people accept death as a natural part of life cycle. Nothing can be further from the truth. Life is what makes life meaningful!
Imagine a universe without life and consciousness. That universe would be dead and sterile. Some physicists would even argue a universe without a conscious observer would be simply non-existent, featureless ocean of potentiality.
These are by far the most exciting times to be alive. I don't think that we'll ever get bored, especially when we start to create myriads of virtual worlds for research and entertainment. That's what Transhumanism is all about:
RADICAL LIFE EXTENSION + RADICAL LIFE EXPANSION.
From the first cell on this planet, its splitting in two and to the more complicated life forms, the purpose of life, it seems, is to evolve and pass on information - In the form of genetic information, in human societies - memetic information - and soon we'll be able to instantly learn, share our knowledge and full sensory experiences with each other.
We're now rapidly approaching a pivotal moment in the history of this planet, when through scientific discovery an intelligent species could become a race of demigods, THE RACE OF THE IMMORTALS.
it's quite achievable now. In fact, that will probably happen in two stages: First stage - we have to extend our lifespan with ever-improving Biotechnology. Aging is declared a desease, and around 2029, with the advances in Nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence, we will be able start to reverse aging and add more than one year every year to an average life expectancy.
So if you're alive in 2030, chances are you'll live to 100 and beyond. What life would be like on the other side, when you know you can live indefinitely long? Well, we'll get used to it and adjust accordingly. We'll merge into the Global Brain, and emerge as the Global Mind.
DIGITAL IMMORTALITY, when we can digitize our minds and upload our consciousness to the cloud, would complete our "Return to Eden"."
- by Alex Vikoulov
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About the Author:
Alex Vikoulov is an evolutionary extrapolist, transhumanist, futurist, strategic philosopher, founder of Ecstadelic Media, painter and media artist, author of "The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution". Graduated in 1999 from Armstrong University, Berkeley, CA. Currently lives in Burlingame, California (San Francisco Bay Area).