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In the past, finding a donor for organ transplantation was not an easy task. Thankfully, technology allows us now to create organs from scratch, using a 3D printer. Currently, not every organ can be printed, though probably in the near future, there won’t be any need for donors anymore.
It doesn’t mean that it is likely that in the 50 years it will become possible to extend life indefinitely. Even if we manage to stop aging, and cancer would no longer be an issue, there are still things that science cannot reverse. Sure, you could say that with the current brain-computer interfaces, uploading human consciousness to a pen drive will become possible in this century. For now, though, it seems like a concept that we can analyze only theoretically; it seems like a thing from a science-fiction novel. Still, if you were to show the current technology to people living 800 years ago, you would be treated as either a God or a Devil.
Robert H. Goddard said that “the dreams of today are the realities of tomorrow”. It might be true, no matter whether some of those visions seem impossible for us today. The discoveries that are sometimes a matter of life and death can later also be applied in more mundane ways. The microwaves that allow us to reheat food in a matter of seconds wouldn’t exist without radar technology. If you ever need to pass a drug test and need to know how to keep pee warm, you would probably use the internet, another invention that was used at first by the military. Just a little tip: don’t use a microwave.
If you want to learn more about the interesting, and often shocking history of organ transplants, check out this infographic, provided by Quick Fix Synthetic.