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An award-winning scientist, engineer, and millionaire several times over predicted that by 2029, humans could start living forever.
That’s right. Immortality is almost here.
This ‘futurist’ has been frightening the masses with his predictions for years.
He predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, described the rise of the Internet, and foretold the year a computer would beat a World chess champion… along with dozens of other predictions that have come true or are being realized today.
His critics have called him “one of the greatest hucksters of the age,” and a “narcissistic crackpot obsessed with longevity.”
Love him or hate him, Ray Kurzweil is a man whose track record speaks for itself.
Co-author of multiple books focusing on how to extend one’s life, and living well, Kurzweil has spent decades figuring out the secret to eternal life.
He breaks down the journey to immortality in three steps (called bridges).
Bridge One: applying what we know today to help us extend our lives.
Eating healthy, exercising, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol – these are things that help us reach Bridge Two (Biotechnology).
Biotechnology, is what Kurzweil and Grossman believe will help humans overcome disease and the ageing process.
Kurzweil and Grossman also saw potential in biotechnology regenerating cells and organ tissues – predictions we’re already seeing come true today.
Kurzweil believes that by the year 2045, biotechnology will be sufficient enough to make humans live forever.
The final bridge humans need to cross to realize immortality is nanotechnology.
“Nanotechnology will enable us to rebuild and extend our bodies and brains and create virtually any product from mere information, resulting in remarkable gains in prosperity,” says Kurzweil.
He predicts that nano machines will take over our immune system (fixing problems like cancerous cells and clogged arteries) and connecting our brains to the cloud ultimately extending human life indefinitely.
In his books, Kurzweil provides a more actionable plan to improving longevity with concrete evidence.
The plan is laid out in an easy-to-remember acronym ‘transcend’ which I’ll walk you through today.
Kurzweil and Grossman are big advocates of preventative medicine. They recommend a typical doctor-patient visit consists of three parts.
Here’s what they recommend you do for each part:
Compile your personal and familial medical histories prior to your doctor’s visit.
Include personal information on your diet, sleep patterns, medications and supplements and exercise program.
Include family information from your parents, children and siblings.
2. Physical Exam
Several components can be done at home (e.g. breast self-exams and testicular self-exams) and you should get in the habit of performing these regularly.
A comprehensive physician will also examine your head, lungs, heart, abdomen, spine and other body systems.
3. Laboratory Testing
Many tests (e.g. cholesterol, homocysteine levels) are routinely done by conventional physicians.
Others (e.g. hormone levels, vitamin levels) are less routinely done, but you can request them during your visit.
There is no way to eliminate all stress, so Kurzweil and Grossman recommend you learn how to better manage your stress.
Time management - maintain a plan to organize your time and avoid over commitment
Priorities - checking and resetting your priorities ensures you do what is important and allow yourself time for spontaneity and relaxation
Relationships - maintaining close interpersonal relationships are essential, providing an outlet for emotional energy and a network of understanding
Implementing the 4 C’s into your daily life can help you develop and maintain a positive constructive attitude.
“The two pillars that will help you to live - and remain in optimal health - long enough to take full advantage of upcoming health technologies are Prevention and Early Detection of disease,” says Kurzweil.
Lifestyle choices are the key to successful prevention.
Eating healthy, exercising, avoiding bad habits like smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will all compound in a successful prevention plan.
For early detection, there are a number of tests you can perform like, breast self-exams, heart rate blood pressure, and fitness testing.
Nutrition is a nuanced topic so it will vary from person to person. But here’s a high-level summary:
At one point Kurzweil admits to taking 250 pills per day! He’s down to 100 but says that average person can get away with less if they’re consuming some of these nutrients from whole food sources.
Vitamins and Minerals
Find your maintenance calorie level and start eating that number of calories each day.
Kurzweil and Grossman recommend integrating three types of exercise into a complete regimen to help you live longer:
Bridge Two is biotechnology. The manipulation of genes and reprogramming of cells.
While there’s not a lot you can do yourself to influence the speed at biotechnology progresses, you can be prepared for when it arrives.
Kurzweil and Grossman recommend:
Toxins lead to mutations in our bodies which cause cancer and other disease.
To prevent toxin accumulation, you should practice regular detoxification by reducing your exposure to toxins and strengthening your defenses.
Here are the main areas to focus your energy:
Here’s what steps to take to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation:
There’s no saying whether or not humans will live forever.
But given Kurzweil’s track record I won’t bet against him.
To a richer life,
— Nilus Mattive
Editor, The Rich Life Roadmap