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I'm not convinced you read most of the thread there buddy
Some people seem to want to keep themselves normal while still utilizing the technology to some extent.
If you live a million years, or 10 years extra from this technology then die, what is the difference for these people? Nothing, there is no use in the technology for this purpose.
Where are the other posters? If anyone thinks this is the way forward...I feel extremely sorry for you.
This man does not know how things work. Biological death is not death.
Or have a billion clones of yourself serving as slaves inside some control freak's infinite software loop, tortured and abused over and over again at trillions of cycles per second, until the end of time!
I mean, it isn't just born like we are.
How can they be so sure that just "uploading" your brain into some sort of computer matrix which replicates it will actually be "you"? 'm not religious, but science doesn't hold an answer to that yet.
For it to be actual intelligence free will and consciousness is a basic requirement.
The simple fact it doesn't include death is an obvious sign that it's not actual intelligence. There is a reason we die. It's not obvious to most of us, but when you start looking at the philosophy of life and such it becomes very clear.
Originally posted by Lasheic
reply to post by spitefulgod
You're talking about the mechanism which results in death. (Barring accident, disease, predation, etc. Telomere damage during cell division is the largest cause of aging, which leads to death) Still, there are cells in the body which do not divide and multiply - such as brain cells. Once the brain is done growing, it will not regenerate or replenish itself. The braincells you have in your head right now will last your entire life. Certain other cells such as cancerous cells are technically immortal since they do not suffer telomere damage either.
I'm talking about the purpose of death in nature. Not the mechanism. I'm sure there is some way to protect the telomeres in normal healthy cells during division, but nature never selected for it. It wouldn't have, because by eliminating death you're allowing a single set of genetic information to spread throughout at population for practically eternity. This increases the risk of a single, say, disease which takes advantage of a weakness in the genetic code to weak havoc on a large population that doesn't have the genetic variability or versatility to adapt to it. It increases the likelihood that a single mishap would wipe out an entire species.
The other half of this, of course, is reproduction with variation - which as said, a population without death would have serious overpopulation and resource management problems - since the older generations would be in constant direct competition with the younger generations. It would stymie the new generation and slow down the rate of variation and thus make a species more susceptible to extinction.
"Life" solves these problem with death. You are born, grow, give birth to the next generation, and die.
We were born naturally immortal.
----It's impossible. Everything dies
At first, we were kept in balance by birthrate.
Few of us were ever born, less than a handful each year.
Then, I think the universe decided that to appreciate life....for there to be change and growth, life had to be short.
So the generations that followed us grew old, infirm, died.
But those of us who were first went on.
We discovered the Vorlons and the Shadows when they were infant races......and nourished them, helped them......and all the other races you call the First Ones.
In time, most of them died. Or passed beyond the Rim....to whatever lies in the darkness between galaxies.
We've lived too long, seen too much.
To live on as we have is to leave behind......joy and love and companionship.....because we know it to be transitory, of the moment.