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.

Future Cyborg




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.


Advanced Artificial Intelligence has the IQ of a Preschooler


Are you waiting for Rosie the Robot to be your own personal maid? Are you ready to send your robot sidekick to get your errands done while you catch up on critical napping time? If you’re anything like me, these concepts are very appealing but just… not… close… enough!

There is room for hope however; an advanced AI system known as ConceptNet4, has been recently tested and shown to have the IQ of a 4-year-old child. This doesn’t get very many people excited, but I think it should. Michio Kaku, a famous theoretical physicist, stated in 2010 that a.i. is currently at the level of a cockroach…

A mentally challenged cockroach; a lobotomized, mentally challenged cockroach.These cockroaches take about six hours to walk across the room.  They enter a room.  They see lines, circles, squares, triangles, but they don’t know the fact that they’re looking at chairs, desks, tables, people, lamps.  They see better than us.  They don’t know what they are seeing.  Also they hear better than us, but they don’t understand what they are hearing.

To think that in three years we have progressed from cockroach to 4-year-old child is pretty amazing. It is important to note that the system is not as fully intelligent as a normal child of this age. Its knowledge is greatly varied and lacks “common sense” and experience-gained knowledge. That being said, this level of a.i. is a new peak in a field with rising interest from scientists and businesses alike.

“Artificial intelligence has been getting exponentially smarter for decades, and some technologists even believe the singularity — the point when machine intelligence will overtake humans — is near. Along the way, we’ve seen the trivia-playing computer Watson trounced trivia maven Ken Jennings at Jeopardy, and chess program Deep Blue eventually beat chess master Gary Kasparov in 1997.” – Robert Sloan