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Originally posted by LiquidLight
Just a random thought I wanted to share. Technology is progressing exponentially, to the point where within 20 years time there will be several viable technologies to extend the human lifetime indefinitely. On one front, gene manipulation promises to reverse aging by manipulating the genes responsible for it; most of the diseases that people die from are an indirect result of the age of their cells.
Another technology that promises immortality is artificial organs. If your liver fails, get an artificial one. Bad heart? No problem... Slap in a mechanical one and you're good to go. Continuing that line of thought, it may soon be possible to use nanobots to repair damage to your organs on a microscopic scale.
A more controversial topic is uploading your brain into a computer... Is it still you? I can't say, but it's definitely something that could be possible within my, and possibly your, lifetime.
So, what's the catch? All of this technology will probably start out extremely expensive, and may stay that way for a long time. One of the only hopes of the average person getting access to this technology (barring the possibility of government subsidies) is to get a good education, and get a good, high paying job... That way, when the time comes, you'll have enough in the bank to get that injection of nanobots that will keep you eternally young.
To all those claiming that living forever would be terrible,
How do you know?
All the old people over 100 seem to love being alive.
Several hundred years would be awesome. Imaging all the places I could go and things to do.
If you don't want to live forever grow some balls and do the dangerous stuff that could get you killed, do it enough and the odds will be way against you lol.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
reply to post by LiquidLight
Why in the world would anyone want to live longer than 100 years?