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Augmented-Life in the Smart Lane by Brett King

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Chapter 5

Human 2.0

By Alex Lightman and Brett King

“We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered. Now what may foeman’s malice do to harm us? What, O Immortal, mortal man’s deception?”

Rigveda, 8.48.3

The Epic of Gilgamesh, considered the first great work of literature, is a collection of Mesopotamian poems that chronicles the journey of Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk.1 At the core of this journey is Gilgamesh’s search for immortality after the death of his brother Enkidu. Penned in the Third Dynasty of Ur (circa 2100 BC), it is one of mankind’s earliest surviving stories or epics.

The search for immortality occurs over and over again throughout history and throughout literature. As early as 475 BC

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