On my recent trip to San Diego, I had a lot of reading time. One of the books I read was The Scientific Conquest of Death, a recently published collection of essays on both science/technology and ethics/philosophy. It's quite an interesting little volume (270 pages), with some stimulating ideas.
I recommend this book, and not just because one of the essays is mine. You'll also read the thoughts of Michael Rose, Aubrey de Grey, Michael West, Robert Freitas, Ray Kurzweil, Marvin Minsky, Brad Mellon, Eric Rabkin, Russell Blackford, and several others. (Note that neither I nor any of the contributors is receiving financial compensation for the book; revenues will accrue to the nonprofit organization, ImmInst.)
Advanced nanotechnology, together with other emerging technologies, may make possible many previously unreachable goals. It remains to be seen how responsibly we will handle the implications, and it's good that people are starting to think seriously about the radical changes just ahead of us.
In the 21st century, a single lifetime will see more change than a dozen lifetimes in the past. - Bob Adams, CEO of New Global Initiatives