The lifestyle of the pimm future: the Kurzweil case

May 7, 2006 at 10:27 pm 4 comments

The lifestyle of a partially immortalized individual won't be easy. At the beginning of the technology it takes continuous monitoring and treatment of the body, which equals significant proportion of the lifetime in the regeneration clinic, or at home, if the treatment permits it. Make no mistake: this is the price of pimm. And not the whole. If intuition fails to capture this situation, and it does, then look at the life of Ray Kurzweil, the former successful computer scientist (Stevie Wonder, anyone remembers?), author of the Spiritual Machines book (oh man, I liked that much) who is the leading extreme longevity proponent of our time. In a fascinating interview with Kurzweil by David Jay Brown, called Reprogramming your Biochemistry for Immortality, Kurzweil uncovers his lifestyle: "I take two hundred and fifty supplements a day, and I monitor my body regularly. I’m not just flying without instrumentation. Being an engineer, I like data and I monitor fifty or sixty different blood levels every few months, and I’m constantly fine-tuning my program. All of my blood levels are ideal. My Homocysteine level many years ago was eleven, but now it’s five. My C-reactive protein is 0.1. My cholesterol is 130. My LDL is about 60, and my HDL—which was 28—is now close to sixty. And so on and so forth. …I’ve also taken biological aging tests, which measure things like tactile sensitivity, reaction time, memory, and decision-making speed. There are forty different tests…"

So here is your timetable for the next week:



And here is an argument against those, who reject radical life extension on the ground that to live extremely long would be extremely boring: if you are under a continuous regeneration treatment, it takes a substantial portion of your lifetime, say, 30%, and during treatment time, you won't be bored, because it needs your active participation, in the extremity, so eventually you become your own regenerative physician. Biotech DIY on the highest level.
What we need is a whole new kind of body awareness.
Hey, would-be immortalizers, pimmers! Get ready for the future!

Next: Why do we have the right to partially immortalize ourselves, if it is possible?


Entry filed under: anti-aging, lifeextension, longevity, partialimmortalization, pimm, technology.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna Sebastian  |  May 15, 2006 at 8:43 am

    It does sound quite demanding, and an upside down change in the way we think about less than enthusiatically having to go to the doctor/ dentist etc. In the waiting room you can meet several pensioners who keep discussing their illnesses in lengthy details and using really technical terms related to their bodiliy concerns–and so far that seemed to be something distant, boring and scary. Now the change you are talking about also means that the content of our communication is likely to follow the pattern above, that is we will consider more natural to discuss the fitness/wellness/regeneration titbits of our lives as if it was a weather report.

  • 3. siemering  |  July 2, 2006 at 9:11 am

    mesmerizing blog!

  • […] Bionic in the present sense refers to having particular physiological functions augmented or replaced by electronic or electromechanical components. The article covers recent bionic projects like Cyberhand the European multidisciplinary hand prosthesis for amputees, and EyeTap, an always-on eye-cam that has been adapted for control via signals sent from the wearer’s occipital lobe. What are the similarities and differences comparing bionic trials to partial immortalization, the eventual stem-cell therapy? First, the pattern of future acceptance: the distance between denial and acceptance could turn as much on what current machines can and can’t do, as it does body image. Second it is interesting to see which needs a more radical body transformation: bionics, electronic devices, Wi-Fi implant in your ears or maximum life extension treatment via regenerative medicine. The similarity is that both treatments could have deep psychological consequences. Both kind of treatments require early adopter style, and self-experimenting skills. Consider the Kurzweil case and the new kind of body awareness 250 supplements/day equals to. Main difference is that in the case of partial immortalization the aim is to maintain body function with the same tools (molecules, cells, tissues, organs) evolution itself uses while in bionics, replacements come from silicon and not from carbon. There is a distinction in the focus of the treatment: pimm is just about feeling yourself indefinitely cool in your present make-up while bionics is into changing your very physical constitution. […]


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