Medical Nanorobotics: Breaking the Trance of Futility in Life Extension Research (A Reply to de Grey)

Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey has suggested that one of the reasons we as a society invest so little in research on combating aging is because we are in an intellectual trance. We think the effort will be futile: aging is immutable, so why try? A healthy skepticism can be a good thing but it is a major mistake to bet against the irresistible force of inexorable technological progress. Over the next few decades, nanotechnology will come to play a pivotal role in the solution to the problem of human aging. Medical nanorobotics, if it can be made to work, can unquestionably offer convenient solutions to all known causes of age-related damage and most likely can also successfully address any new causes of senescence that remain undiscovered today
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2202/1941-6008.1022
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 22,675
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Wayne Shelton (1998). A Broader Look at Medical Futility. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 19 (4):383-400.
John C. Moskop (1995). From Futility to Triage. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (2):191-205.
J. Savulescu (2013). Just Dying: The Futility of Futility. Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (9):583-584.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

21 ( #196,509 of 1,938,950 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

11 ( #50,009 of 1,938,950 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.