Early last year it was announced that Google’s Sergey Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, together with Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner, were joining forces to set up a nonprofit foundation that will award prizes for breakthrough research in life extension. The foundation will be headed by Art Levinson, an influential figure in Apple and the biotechnology company Genentech.
In December 2012, a few months before the life extension project was announced, the futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google as Director of Engineering. There is nothing to suggest the two events were linked. Yet Kurzweil’s appointment is evidence of the powerful appeal to leading figures in Silicon Valley of the idea that technology can enable human beings to overcome what have in the past been accepted as natural limits.
We the pawn, they the royal.
Hiding in plain view.
Selling the future to me and you.
Lies, webs, nets, spys, flies.
Deception, deceit, destruction.
Look here, fear, fear, fear.
Tear, tear, tear.
Into the clear dark night.
We the knave, slave, pave, grave.
Silicone dreams line the valley of decision.