Ed­i­tor’snote

Tech­now­ize May 2017

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Peter Thiel, co-founder of Pay­pal and the most suc­cess­ful ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist in Sil­i­con Val­ley, plans to live to be 120. Dmitry It­skov, the “god­fa­ther” of the Rus­sian In­ter­net, says his goal is to live to 10,000; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, wants to some­day “cure death,” and Larry El­li­son, co-founder of Or­a­cle, has called mor­tal­ity “in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.”

The key thing about mor­tal­ity is that its ap­proach to a given ques­tion al­ways seems, and on all lev­els, per­fectly log­i­cal. To take our cur­rent ex­am­ple, the ar­gu­ment about AI pos­ing an ex­is­ten­tial threat to hu­man­ity, in most mean­ing­ful re­spects is, quite com­pelling. If and when we de­velop hu­man-level ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, it’s only a mat­ter of time un­til this AI gives rise to smart it­er­a­tions of it­self whose in­tel­li­gence is far su­pe­rior to our own as our in­tel­li­gence is cur­rently to that of an­i­mal species on the planet.

The most log­i­cal route, is to end up wip­ing death it­self. This di­men­sion is faintly vis­i­ble in the techno-mil­lenar­i­an­ism of the Sin­gu­lar­ity: a point in the fu­ture at which hu­man be­ings will ir­re­vo­ca­bly merge with tech­nol­ogy, to be­come up­loaded minds, in­cor­po­real be­ings of pure thought. This par­tic­u­lar strain of tech­no­log­i­cal Sin­gu­lar­ity could be glimpsed in our Cover­story:the­gold­e­na­ge­of­pill­robots. Plungein!

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