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Originally posted by smallpeeps
... "life-extension technology", which came in a box and was sold in a price-range beyond the majority of humans --this would not last. It would be destroyed before it became a factor.
Humans will allow an advance that helps all humans live longer.
Humans will NOT allow an advance that helps some humans live longer.
Yeah I agree with that, it;s what I had said ealier this would be fought over like nothing before in human history, and I dont think it would ever be allowed to go too mainstraim if it ever comes out, one of the major draws to such a long live would be the advantage it would give you over others and people would fight and kill to control that (I know I would). I believe if this ever comes to and the way it should be done would be to expand it to maybe a few hundred years or so, more than that and it gets very iffy in my opinion. I can see the average lifespan of human upped to maybe 100-120 on average without some major breakthrough like smallpeeps said, and probably somewhere between 300+ categaroy with technological help. I would personaly like to extend my life for a few hundred years if possible but I dont' think I would like to live forever or millineas.
[edit on 4/12/2005 by Oblivions void]
Originally posted by Motile
I agree with tomcat, we are not ready for an imortal life, or a finite 1000 years for that matter, it would have to a world with out children, that to me is a nightmarish thought. Not until we begin to reach the stars can we grant ourselves imortality, when we have the resources and realestate to cope with the population, that means we need to put our resources into space flight and far flung technologys to get us to the stars and to new planets.
We only have the capacity for a certian amount of memory, we would have to live lives and then store our memorys while discarding memorys we didnt want. Peter F Hamilton's book pandoras star gives us quite a good look at the future if we had imortality through technology and how through cloning and memory saves death is no longer real, and through rejuves you could live forever never having to be cloned. But until we do reach the stars we should not pursue this technology, mother earth simply can not support us all forever.
With all that said the greedy and stupid rich elite will take a completely different view and the fear of death will drive them to milk the new fountain of youth, it may even start wars.
Originally posted by tomcat ha
I dont mind that we are getting near immortality but it is just unlogical to do it in one big step. Doing several smaller steps should be allot better.
[edit on 12-4-2005 by tomcat ha]
Originally posted by rufi0o
"I think it’s reasonable to suppose that one could oscillate between being biologically 20 and biologically 25 indefinitely."
-- Aubrey de Grey
Time may indeed be on your side. If you can just last another quarter century.
By then, people will start lives that could last 1,000 years or more. Our human genomes will be modified to include the genetic material of microorganisms that live in the soil, enabling us to break down the junk proteins that our cells amass over time and which they can’t digest on their own. People will have the option of looking and feeling the way they did at 20 for the rest of their lives, or opt for an older look if they get bored. Of course, everyone will be required to go in for age rejuvenation therapy once every decade or so, but that will be a small price to pay for near-immortality.
Really interesting work. What do you guys think about the effect of immortality?
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Death is so overly feared. Death is not a terrible thing. Think about, who would really want to live forever, especially in this world? Death is a release from this physical reality, from the torments of other human beings, ect. Humanity needs to come to grips with its fear of death. Its part of the natural cycle of being.
And we do already have immortality: children. We regenrate and ressurect through them. Children and the young are every species opportunity for immortality. The current revulsion in modern day society against having children is unatural and unhealthy. Children are news lives, children are renewal. I certainly would not want the same stagnant people visiting this inn called earth beyond their intended stay. We need fresh new generations of people to continue to grow and evolve.