I’m currently reading “Fantastic Voyage - Live Long Enough to Live Forever” by Ray Kurzweil (the same who wrote “The Singularity is Near”) and Terry Grossman, M.D from 2004. It’s a book about Kurzweil and Grossman’s “Radical Life Extension” techniques, e.g. how to avoid common degenerative diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiac diseases).
The idea is, if you manage to live until 2050-2100, you have (so the authors think) a pretty good chance to live very long, or indeed forever, since progress in the areas of biotechnology, medicine, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (related to the concept of the “Technological Singularity”) will eventually help us to end aging.
I’m still at the beginning, but it’s an interesting read (at least for someone who isn’t convinced of an afterlife or similar concepts). Despite the over-the-top title, the described approach seems to be quite scientific (with sometimes Kurzweil beeing the research subject), which is no wonder, since Kurzweil is pretty famous as a computer scientist.