How to Increase Life Span of Humans
Stop the Aging Gene
I believe scientists are pretty close to finding the genetic sequence that controls our aging process. If they haven’t already, they will soon know what it will take to turn it off.
Genetics has changed a lot about how we deal with certain ailments and illnesses. We have discovered technology and therapies derived from genetic sciences that can help us recover from breakdowns within our own bodies.
We have successfully cloned animals and I would not be surprised if some company or government entity has cloned humans in some way. If we can figure out how to manipulate the genome before we clone a human then we could technically turn off the aging and that new life would live for a very long time if not forever.
Finding a way to change the genome within a human that’s already living, and adults who want to pay money to turn off the aging gene would become a huge market. If some scientist can figure out how to turn off that gene in every human on the planet, then we would have a worldwide community of immortals.
There are risks when changing sequences in DNA. Some scientists believe genes can control multiple things. You might turn off the aging gene, but you might also turn another aspect of that person on. You might give that person cancer or give them a superpower. You might turn off the ability to grow hair. We should definitely be careful when playing with genes.
Writing Prompt: Write about a group of people who were the test subjects in a genetic trial to see if the aging gene could be turned off. What happens to them over the course of their extended lives? Do they have any genetic problems caused by the genetic manipulation? Do they get tired of living forever?
Replace Our Parts as They Fail
Doctors can already replace a heart or a lung with a synthetic part. They don’t do it often because it’s expensive, not to mention transplanting a donor organ is probably less expensive too.
Giving somebody a prosthetic leg or arm has become normal routine among people who have lost those limbs. You can purchase i’ll kinds of options to help you run faster or climb stairs or play the violin with synthetic limbs.
I don’t think it will be long before you could replace just about any part of the human body except maybe the brain with a synthetic or donated organ. Right now you can only get one of these limbs if you are forced to have yours removed or were born without them.
Eventually it will be an elective surgery. You’ll be able to have your legs replaced with something new and technological, advanced in every way. You could replace a heart that is not working very well. You could get new lungs to help you breathe more like an athlete or maybe breathe underwater. You could even have an arm built with a tool box of instruments to help you do a job. You will have those tools with you everywhere you go.
Eventually you will be able to replace every bit of yourself making it like you were new again each time you had something replaced. This will allow you to live on forever because whenever something broke or stopped working correctly you just replace that part over and over again. It might even be possible to replace parts of the brain with computer-based chips that will mimic the functions of the human brain if technology ever advances that far.
Writing Prompt: tell a story where your main character elects to have part of his/her body replaced so he/she could become a better athlete. What happens when he/she becomes better than everyone else? Do they ban him/her from that sport? Does something go wrong with that part making it impossible for him/her to do the things they love to do?
Scientists have already figured out one way of cloning a human being. There have been rumors that humans have been cloned. I can’t prove anything but it’s possible. The only problem with cloning is you can’t transfer somebody’s thoughts from one body to the next. That clone is it’s own individual.
The big question with cloning to living forever is can you actually transfer somebody’s soul, not just their minds to the new body. This is a big question. What happens to the old body when you do transfer those thoughts. Do you have to murder the old body? Does the brain die because you’ve extracted everything from it?
I think cloning is one of the hardest ways to live forever because you deal with ethics. You deal with whether or not the clone is a new human being even though it looks exactly like you.
There are ways around some of these ethics. You can make sure that clone is never conscious until the memories and thoughts of the original have been transferred, that way they already have everything they need to be the person that was transferred into them. Then you have to decide whether or not you’re really living forever or you’re just giving another body your thoughts.
Writing Prompt: Write a story about a clone dealing with its own mortality. Are they really who they think they are? Do they want to continue in their predecessors footsteps? Should they grow their own clone so they can live or transfer their own thoughts to a new clone, meaning you would have a clone of a clone of a clone?
Upload to a Computer
Instead of transferring your mind to a clone, what if you could transfer your mind and thoughts to a synthetic mainframe. Could you copy yourself to a computer as a backup?
There is still the problem of your physical body and original thoughts still being alive. Just because you copied everything from your brain into a computer does not mean that you yourself have been transferred to that computer. Basically it’s a copy of yourself. Your original self will die, whether it be of old age or you destroy yourself once your digital self has been uploaded.
Once you’ve been uploaded to a computer, your digital self has several options. It could be transferred into another body whether it be digital or made of flesh. Your digital self could also live within a computer simulation of your choosing. You could live in a world that’s like ours or you could create a new world completely made up, a creation of your own.
Another option is to send yourself inside a computer on a spaceship or probe that you send out to different parts of the galaxy. You could send out hundreds of versions of yourself hoping to land on other planets. Then the computer that you sent yourself on could create a biological creation or clone of yourself and then upload your consciousness within that being. Then you could have hundreds of versions of yourself throughout the galaxy.
What would happen if you uploaded your digital self to hundreds of clones or even versions that were not of your original body? Would you be yourself in all those different copies of yourself. Would each one be a different being, learning different things and experiencing different happenings because they are not really you but versions of you. Could you have a world created of people, all of them with your thoughts and memories?
Writing Prompt: Write a story about a ship heading out to another world, it’s crew made up of dozens of clones all loaded with your thoughts and memories. What would happen on that long trip? Will they all end up the same or will they become different individuals?
I think science has proven that nanotechnology is going to be a difficult science to bring to reality. Each robot being microscopic in size would have very limited abilities. They might be able to work together but to control them to do a specific thing will be extremely hard.
But let’s play the what if game. What if you could have nano technology that could repair your body whenever something breaks or is injured? Could you program your nanotechnology to repair the effects of aging, keeping your body young forever.
Will this nanotechnology breakdown over time? Will we need more injections of these nano robots? Will life revolve around these nano robots?
I think if the science behind nanotechnology increases, the need for drugs and doctors and physical therapy will become obsolete. You will lose an entire segment of our society. If we can teach nano robots to do all the medical work for us then we won’t need doctors.
There will be a need for those who know how to program nano robots. There will be those who will need to build these robots.
Another leap forward would be to create nano technology that can self replicate. This would mean if you have a nano robot that can completely fix a human being and then create another version of itself so when it breaks down it has a robot to replace it then the need to build these robots will diminish. The world will be covered in these nano robots that know how to fix human bodies.
Writing Prompt: Write a story about Nanotechnology at it’s best. Think about how it would fix all the things we break or poison or burn down. Can they build homes. Can they provide armor. Can they feed us when we cant feed ourselves?