Eric Drexler (thanks @omniku for recommendation!) writes about a future in which nanotechnology will ensure eternal youth. It will also allow us to explore space indefinitely, so no overpopulation. Do you think eternal youth will help or harm?
The world would have a difficult time supporting such a notion, both with housing and food. I am in agony every day of my life. Why not work on fixing that instead of making it so people live longer? Let's not forget, the intelligent and the idiot would have a chance to extend their lives. I pray I die before I see this happen.
I'm amazed how few recognize the possibilities. With an average lifespan of 500-800 years (an insurance company calculated that, if aging and disease are no more), people could do longterm projects we can only dream of. Yes. This includes settling space. In that controlled environment, many would live for thousands of years. They can pursue multiple careers. We'd adapt to a longer life.
What could go wrong? Aside from war over who gets to stay and who has to leave.
Does the brain also not mature? If so, it would be horrible. Either way, it would be horrible.
Yes, the brain matures. Why would it be horrible?
I can't think of any positives besides ones that are vain
What about no death or disease?
I hate to be morbid and inhumane, but would the population cease growing? It would get very crowded if not.
We could also explore and settle space indefinitely. I mentioned it in the question but it wasn't so clear.
That would be great. It wouldn't matter how slowly you built wealth because you would still have plenty of time to enjoy it and keep building.
Although with nanotechnology this advanced, wealth will be irrelevant because all needs and wants can be automatically produced at little cost.
Also, everyone else would be just as rich or richer.
The technology described wouldn't do anything more towards meeting people's needs.
Potentially true on the latter point, though the vast majority of people don't attempt to build wealth but rather everything they earn and then go into debt to buy even more stuff they can't afford. As far as people as a whole, I don't think it would change all that much. If anything, they'd likely be even less responsible since in their mind they wouldn't have to plan for about retirement.
Should say "squander everything they earn." For some reason autocorrect didn't like that.
Drexler goes into the many uses of nanotechnology and one is completely automated, dirt-cheap production. But I think if anything people will be more responsible- they have centuries to live with the consequences of their mistakes.
Well I guess when it's his story, he can make up whatever he wants, haha.
I think you're thinking what if what you would do in that situation rather than what others would do. Never underestimate people's stupidity and short-sightedness.
It's a nonfiction, scientific book. Not a story.
But you're right, it's a big mistake to assume everyone is rational.
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Well if that happens you can arrange your death.
Exactly. You aren't actually immortal. Jumping from s cliff will still kill you. All it does is eradicate diseases and aging, not suicide or accidents.
We all need to die sometime.