"There's already fantastic therapies to overcome heart disease, cancer and every other neurological disease based on this idea of reprogramming the software."
Ray Kurzweil was a well-known futurist even before he went to work at Google. Kurzweil was one of the speakers at the recent Global Future 2045 World Congress, which is an event that brings some of the world's top scientists together to talk about the future of humankind and technology and the prospect of dramatic life extension.
You can read more in an article by Cadie Thompson on the CNBC News web site at http://www.cnbc.com/id/100818858. That article also contains links to other interesting articles on the same subject.