If you think autonomous vehicles are pretty far out how about nano-robots that can heal the body from within?
What prompts that question is a report in EETimes on a keynote speech given by "futurist," inventor, and tech guru Ray Kurzweil at the Supercomputing Conference highlighting his thoughts on computers enabling people to live forever in the future. The gist of his predictions is that nanoscale robots will cure us of diseases and infirmities from within our bodies, and computers will be able to backup human memories.
In addition, within 25 years, robots will pass humans in intellect and be able to share "knowledge." (Kind of sounds like the concept of the Cylon race of machines created by humans in TV's "Battlestar Galactica.") People and machines will intermix, and if humans live past that time, they could live forever.
Now aside from the ethical, moral, and religious issues such a society might create (hey, my feelings are that we were meant to do our act and then get off the stage), what about the more mundane problems living forever might raisesuch as when do you retire? At 65, 650, or 6,500? Does living forever mean working forever? That sounds like a great idea!
And what would a society of mostly elders look likedoes the whole world turn into Florida? But most seriously, can you imagine a world essentially without children? You tell them about life and they tell you what life is aboutand any society without that spark may not be worth living forever for.
Happy New Year.