reply to post by esteay812
However, if our ultimate goal is to reach some level of immortality, it's obvious that it must be limited to a select few. Earth could never produce
the resources to sustain a multiplying, immortal population.
Forgive me, but this is an often quoted, but extremely short-sighted point of view.
Not having a bash at you, only the point you raised btw.
Think about a society where the majority have the option to live vastly extended lifespans.
I'm not talking about cyborgs or robot bodies, but our own flesh and blood bodies, whether the research takes us in the direction of stem cell and
gene therapies that specifically target and turn off the genes that cause the majority of our genetic aging, and stem cell therapies that target and
repair / support the prevention of aging effects caused by non-genetic aging, like radiation damage, pollution, etc. etc. or not..cyborgs are only
going to fill the period of time between researching the growing of full biological bodies to replace our own. Cyborgs will be used i suspect for
dangerous situations, like search and rescue, exploration and probably warfare.
Although i'd imagine this would be mostly done using a mind-machine interface of some sort that allows the mind to control the cyborg body as though
it is our actual body, complete with a nervous system feedback.
OK..we have our society where (if we choose to) we can manipulate our lifespans..what other aspects would obviously be in place well before this life
extension became mainstream?
Organised birth control would be one measure, another would be a 'one out - one in' system, where fatal accidents (which would still kill as many
immortals as they do mortals today) would make room for a birth.
A million deaths through accidents, murder, warfare, natural disasters, or whatever reason would open up as it were, a million birth slots and so
I see nothing wrong with this concept, and as long as the total population numbers are not rising, there is no resource based problems.
As an aside, European population numbers are falling alarmingly...Germany for example are wondering what they can do to bring their own population
numbers back up to a more stable level, they have underpopulation, as do a lot of other countries.
With the advent of the technology for enhanced lifespans we're talking about here, our species will be able to not only enhance the comparatively
wealthy Western nations, but also be able to successfully take on the overpopulation problems of the so-called 3rd world, which is what we're really
talking about when 'overpopulation' is spoken about.
With an enhanced life expectancy, and the option to become what would essentially be 'choice based immortality', the populations of the 3rd world
would shrink very rapidly and would be subject to the one out-one in rule. With a lifespan of several hundred years (or more), we'd have plenty of
time before we ever had to worry about starting a family to carry us on, so family planning would be a very different proposition than it is today
with biological clocks ticking all over the place...the clock would be stopped so to speak, children could be born to people whose chronological age
would be measured in the centuries, while their bodies would be that of fertile young people.
There would be no population issues to worry about.