A book written by a 24-year old futurist, called “The Second Generation,” has sold more than 4 million copies in China. The book reveals author Wang Xiaoping’s great dream: Immortality and infinite joy for mankind. How will this dream be achieved? Ms. Xiaoping believes that science and technology are becoming so advanced, that we are reaching the point when computers and machines can begin to design and build ever-more powerful versions of themselves.
With these super-machines, we will confer upon ourselves supernatural powers, such as genius intelligence, high morality, perfect beauty, day-long ecstasy and even immortality. That is, of course, if we can just get through this current rough patch where we have invented machines powerful enough to kill us but not yet powerful enough to save us by making us wise.