“Of course, there are only taxes and death,” says the famous proverb describing the human condition. If from a biological point of view it is a fairly undeniable fact, as a recent study of the maximum lifespan a human can attain has shown, then he turned his gaze to the digital world.Immortality may not be impossible.
The People grow old and die, this is a fact from which no one can escape, but in the animal kingdom there are some examples that do not “stick to the rules”. Among these we can mention the immortal jellyfish that are able to renew themselves indefinitely and the small invertebrate animals known as hydra.
For this microscopic animal, its characteristic is that it consists of stem cells that are capable of Divide and create new cells potentially indefinitely. “They don’t look like they’re getting old, so they’re potentially immortalsaid Daniel Martinez, discoverer of Hydra’s anti-aging capabilities.
If we consider human biology, we have stem cells to repair parts of our bodies. Unfortunately, the The number of cells used for regeneration is limited. This limitation is due to the astonishing diversity of human cells that, during evolution, have reached an incredible level of specialization.
“We make cells engage in a function, and in doing so, they must lose the ability to divideMartinez explains As cells age, so do we.
Man cannot replace degraded components with mechanisms similar to those of hydra, due to the high degree of specialization, Cells are vital and irreplaceable. One example is neurons whose replacement may lead to memory loss.
However, studies of these fascinating lifeforms can enable humans to do just that Identify the mechanisms for living a healthier life, by enhancing cell activity with age, although biological immortality remains elusive, to the extent of humans.
The biological limit imposed on human life is a maximum of 150 years, according to recent studies. Beyond this limit Cell renewal capabilities lose their effectiveness. Therefore, to live off biological taxes, it will be necessary to rely on technology.
According to some members of the scientific community, the only way humans should be able to experience a hint of immortality would be through technological innovation. An interesting branch is precisely that of nanotechnology, based on Nanomachines that would interfere with biological processesDirectly on cells to repair damage and prevent aging.
Another “solution” could come to achieve the goal of immortality Transferring consciousness to a computerized machine. Not an easy task, given that mapping the approximately 86 billion neurons in the human brain would be required, but, if possible, it could mark a historic turning point.
When the human mind is convertible into a computerized device, it will no longer be needed Worry about the physiological state of the body. In connection with this possibility, some scholars put the intent on a question that may arise from the action: Will we still be ourselves?
In light of these astonishing alternatives, which would allow humans to project themselves toward the “mirage of immortality,” wouldn’t it be better to look forward to this form of eternal life experienced by the great poets, writers, and personalities of human history?
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