Kurzweil does not believe in half measures. He takes 180 to 210 vitamin and mineral supplements a day, so many that he doesn't have time to organize them all himself. So he's hired a pill wrangler, who takes them out of their bottles and sorts them into daily doses, which he carries everywhere in plastic bags. Kurzweil also spends one day a week at a medical clinic, receiving intravenous longevity treatments. The reason for his focus on optimal health should be obvious: If the singularity is going to render humans immortal by the middle of this century, it would be a shame to die in the interim. To perish of a heart attack just before the singularity occurred would not only be sad for all the ordinary reasons, it would also be tragically bad luck, like being the last soldier shot down on the Western Front moments before the armistice was proclaimed.
Maybe you're not a Beatles fan. Maybe you even hate peace and love. But you are wired to find meaning in the world, a predisposition that leaves you with less control over your beliefs than you may think. Even if you're a hard-core atheist who walks under ladders and pronounces "new age" like "sewage," you believe in magic.
É inevitável: conforme drogas seguras surgem, mais e mais elas serão usadas. Em vez de considerá-las como trapaça, as pessoas deveriam reconhecer que a evolução humana cada vez mais depende de muletas. Claro que existem questões éticas envolvidas, mas usar a moral do Séc. XX para resolver um problema do Séc. XXI não vai levar a lugar algum.
Uma comparação da mesma história - Star Wars - contada em comics e mangá. A versão americana é muito datada, sendo feita há trinta anos.