Google Has Everything! Life Extension Will Be the Ultimate Job Perk

Google engineers may be the first to experience life-extending technologies as a job perk. Google Director of Staffing, Todd Carlisle, hinted at the possibility at the end of a forum on attracting top talent in Silicon Valley.

What if where you worked extended your life? If you got the best medical care along with the best job. You would’t want to leave.

This idea is consistent with the hire of Ray Kurzweil in 2012 as the Director of Engineering. Kurzweil is the most vocal and reliable proponent of the future technological singularity. The singularity is a time in the future when humans transcend biology to merge with technology; essentially sidestepping death.

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If this ever came to fruition, how could any other companies compete? Cisco and Twitter were also in the discussion with topics such as: salary-levels, working from home, learning opportunities, and even free food and beer. Those are all nice and well, but compared to evolving a longer life-span, they don’t even register.

This is like a video game when your power is really low, flashing bright red, you’re inches from death, and there stands Google across the bridge with an extra life.

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The Singularity -The Inexplicable Future of Humans and Technology

The singularity is a term borrowed from physics by Google’s chief engineer, Ray Kurzweil. The meaning in physics relates to the point inside of a black hole at which the laws of physics have completely broken down. Kurzweil’s definition refers to a point in the future at which technology has increased to such a high level that it is not possible to perceive a difference between technology and humanity.

Imagine a time in the future that has changed so much that, like physical laws in a black hole, life as we know it to be ceases to exist, and life begins anew in a completely different context. This is similar to the point in our evolution when language developed… try explaining to a non-lingual, pre-human the verses of Shakespeare, or the verses of Jay-Z for that matter.

The life expectancy was 20, 1,000 years ago, we doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15, we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress.”…Based on conservative estimates of the amount of computation you need to functionally simulate a human brain, we’ll be able to expand the scope of our intelligence a billion-fold.” – Ray Kurzweil

Beginning is Near

The most amazing part is the time-frame that is projected. By Kurzweil’s estimates based on the exponential leaps shown by Moore’s Law, we may reach this tech-haven by 2045. So that’s all there is to it… hold on for 32 more years and it’s all virtual reality gravy. I’ll leave you with this by Friedrich Nietzsche…

“Man is something that shall be overcome…. Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman — a rope over an abyss… What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end.”

A Disabled Veteran’s Second First Steps… Truly Inspirational Yoga Transformation

Arthur Boorman was a Gulf-War paratrooper; a veteran disabled from too many hard landings. This is among the most beautiful and inspiring videos that I’ve come across. Arthur tries to regain control of his life through yoga after being told he would never again be able to walk unassisted.

I rediscovered this today, and I feel enriched every time I see it. You see so much pain and strength and positivity in this video that it makes you yearn to be half as inspired and to have half the will power.  This goes to show how much power an individual can have. It began with a choice, and now his life is changed forever, and his story has touched millions.

The great thing about this video is that it doesn’t pertain to exercise or yoga or fitness exclusively.

This is a video about inner power. The power of will, dedication, persistence and mostly the power of positivity.

Chase the good in your life. Follow the things in life that make you smile and give you energy. Pursue your happiness and you will dwell within it.

Where Will Human Evolution Take Us?

How Will Humans Evolve?

This is an older article from Nat Geo that explores different ways humans might evolve in the future. I’m pushing for immortal cyborgs, but hey I’ll take genius superhuman too; I’m not a picky guy.

A philosophy known as transhumanism sees humans taking charge of their evolution and transcending their biological limitations via technology.
Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, said Darwinian evolution “is happening on a very slow time scale now relative to other things that are leading to changes in the human condition”—cloning, genetic enhancement, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology, for starters.

For a more in depth look at the ways we’ll be awesome in the future, hit the link for the full article.

FUTURE HUMANS: Four Ways We May, or May Not, Evolve.

Computer Memory… Then vs Now

Computer Storage Now vs Then

In case you were wondering, that’s over 13,000 times as much memory storage. Over a period of 57 years the price per Megabyte has dropped from $24,000 per megabyte to less than 10% of a penny per megabyte. Talk about an exponential jump in price and performance!

Moore’s Law show’s that this exponential increase in computing power will continue to double  every 11-18 months until at least 2020. We cannot conceive of what technology will look like in another 10 years, and forget about the next 50. Despite the exponential increases in technological prowess, I still don’t have my damn hover-board from Back to the Future.