If you are human, you are going to die. This isn’t the most comforting thought, but death is the inevitable price we must pay for being alive. Humans are, however, getting better at pushing back our expiration date, as our medicines and technologies advance.
If the human life span continues to stretch, could we one day become immortal? The answer depends on what you think it means to be an immortal human.
“I don’t think when people are even asking about immortality they really mean true immortality, unless they believe in something like a soul,” Susan Schneider, a philosopher and founding director of the Center for the Future Mind at Florida Atlantic University, told Live Science. “If someone was, say, to upgrade their brain and body to live a really long time, they would still not be able to live beyond the end of the universe.”