I came on still another article about the new drive on anti-aging and the quest for human immortality funded and directed by some of the rich guys at Google. Slate terms it "the race for immortality." Subtitle: "Ray Kurzweil thinks we can stay one step ahead of death." Link to the Slate article
The article in Slate is by Will Oremus, and joins other articles we've referenced here, which I'll link to below.
My context for interest in articles on the quest for immortality flows from my techno-thriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH. The book is done and out in the world, but I'm still keeping up with the literature.
In a nutshell, A REMEDY FOR DEATH is about a kind of Jurassic Park for rich old guys . . . and about the unforeseen consquences that flow. (More info on A REMEDY FOR DEATH.)
One key difference between my approach in A REMEDY FOR DEATH and the main trend covered in these articles: Ray Kurzweil's approach is directed to staying alive long enough to be around for what he terms "the singularity," when we have computers and other devices smart enough to in effect download "us" to the cloud.
Without spoiling the plot, in REMEDY the characters take a more bio-tech approach, including printing out replacement organs (which is actually under way right now in labs around the world); other bioartificial organs and organ fabrication; the use of stem cells; tissue engineering; and the use of human-animal chimeras.
In both REMEDY and the proposed Kurzweil approach arises the small matter of how do you move "consciousness," or "the soul," or whatever you term it across to the new?
Here are my links and comments on some other recent articles on that theme of a Jurassic Park for rich old guys (and not so old yet). Topics include anti-aging, reversing aging, human immortality, fear of aging and death, regenerative medicine, eternal youth, eternal life, and the regenerative medicine industry:
Business Insider article, "These Tech Billionaires Are Determined to Buy Their Way Out of Death"
See my previous post "New Google division, along with TIME Magazine, follow trail blazed by technothriller A REMEDY FOR DEATH!" That will link you to the TIME cover story on Calico, a new division or subsidiary, of Google. Calico is exploring much the same issues as in my technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH.
See also Adam Gollner's article in the Daily Bookbeast, "The Immortality Financiers: The Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever"