NPR’s ‘OnPoint’ interviews Ray Kurzweil on Radical Life Extension

July 9, 2004 | Source: KurzweilAI

Futurist Ray Kurzweil was interviewed by NPR “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook on radical life extension, Monday, July 12th, 8-9 p.m. EST.

On “Living Forever,” Kurzweil discussed how to dramatically slow down the aging process, even stop and reverse it, and the social and cultural ramifications. He also described his forthcoming book, “Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever,” co-authored with Terry Grossman, M.D.

“The book makes the scientific case that immortality is within our grasp,” says Kurzweil. “Our health program enables people to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that we can remain in good health and spirits until the more radical life-extending and life-enhancing technologies, now in the research and testing pipeline, become available.

“The book is a guide for aggressively applying today’s best knowledge, which will enable us to live long enough to take advantage of the full development of the biotechnology revolution. This, in turn, will allow us to reap the benefits of the nanotechnology-artificial intelligence revolution, which has the potential to allow us to live indefinitely.”

The show is available in the WBUR archives.

“On Point” is public radio’s live evening news program, covering daily developments and conducting conversations with prominent reporters, newsmakers, and thinkers from around the world.