Google’s leading futurist, Ray Kurzweil, wants to live for 200 years.

18 May

“We’re going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more,”

“In fact the non-biological part – the machine part – will be so powerful it can completely model and understand the biological part. So even if that biological part went away it wouldn’t make any difference.”

Google’s leading futurist, Ray Kurzweil, wants to live forever.

Kurzweil is 67, but thanks to some unusual habits, he says his “biological age” is in the late 40s.

These habits begin with eating.

According to Caroline Daniel of The Financial Times, who just had breakfast with him, Kurzweil used to eat 250 nutritional pills a day. Now, thanks to advances in food science and pill technology, he’s down to 100.

After he downs the morning ration of 30 pills, Kurzweil settles down to breakfast:

  • berries
  • dark chocolate infused with espresso
  • smoked salmon and mackerel
  • vanilla soy milk
  • stevia
  • porridge
  • green tea

This selection, apparently, emphasizes “healthy carbs.” It also apparently “fills you up with fewer calories.”

The breakfast portion of the Immortality Diet doesn’t sound too wacky: Most people could probably choke it down. But the pill portion makes the diet more exclusive. Specifically, it makes it available only to the few folks around who have the means and desire to invest “a few thousand dollars a day” in supplemental nutrition.

“A few thousand dollars a day” adds up to about $1 million a year.

That’s about $1.6 million a year of pre-tax income devoted to nutritional supplements alone!

Living forever clearly isn’t for everyone.

In his childhood, Kurzweil was a technical prodigy. Before he turned 13, he’d fashioned telephone relays into a calculating device that could find square roots. At 14, he wrote software that analyzed statistical deviance; the program was distributed as standard equipment with the new IBM 1620. As a teenager, he cofounded a business that matched high school students with colleges based on computer evaluation of a mail-in questionnaire. He sold the company to Harcourt, Brace & World in 1968 for $100,000 plus royalties and had his first small fortune while still an undergraduate at MIT.

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