“Bioengineered treatments for cancer and heart disease have greatly reduced the mortality from these diseases.”
Once again, Kurzweil’s predictions are ahead of reality. There certainly are bioenginneered treatments for both conditions: from bioengineered heart valves to drugs. And mortality has decreased (although probably not “greatly”.) Cancer rates fell about 1% per year in the U.S. during the last decade, but that was largely due to earlier and better screening and better surgical techniques. It had little to do with bioenginneering. Heart disease rates have dropped even faster, but it still remains the leading cause of death in the US . . . and again, improvements have mostly been in drug therapy and better surgery techniques. Not bio-enginneering.
Kurzweil was wrong again.