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Can a country (Russia) of people who can’t plan a meeting a week in advance really be working on technology to let people live forever?

A country of cyborg and avatars:
As a rule, Russians don’t really like to plan ahead. An innocent question like “what do you plan to do this summer?” tends to provoke frank bewilderment. Most likely, the person asked will shrug his shoulders philosophically and say: “We’ll see what happens.” The last 20 years in Russia — and the kaleidoscopic speed of all the changes — have made us accustomed to the idea that you can’t plan your life more than a month ahead, or even a week. The old saying, “Man proposes, God disposes,” is more relevant than ever…

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