Society

How will society cope with people living forever? If society doesn’t survive, then you don’t survive… technology giveth, and technology taketh away!

Lots in the news at the moment about AI and robots taking over our jobs – but if Ian Pearson is right that we’ll soon be able to live comfortably with no pension then maybe we won’t need one? Maybe everybody will be part of a world parliament or an “internet of people” (IOP) – I’m trademarking that one!!

Overpopulation

According to David Wood of London Futurists if death stopped tomorrow it would take a hundred years to double the planet’s population – that does give us a long time to figure out how to solve the overpopulation problem.

Resources

UK Transhumanist Party – http://www.transhumanistparty.org.uk/
Transhumanism is the idea that we must improve ourselves and society using the most effective tools available – to go beyond what we have been, in order to overcome the world’s problems and create a better future.

 

Latest News

Should We Die? – The Atlantic – 18-Feb-2017
Zoltan Istvan wants to be the one to decide when his life ends.
Goal is one shared by many futurists in Silicon Valley.
Will Earth become a paradise of eternally youthful artists, or a hellish, depleted nursing home?
Author admits her views would change if she could stay sharp and energetic.
This feeling of abundant possibility is one of the chief motivations of the pro-longevity crowd.
Bostrom dismisses the thought that there’s something about impending death that adds meaning or motivation to our days.
COMMENT: there will be more enthusiasm for living forever as people realise it means living indefinitely youthfully

Cheating death – The Economist – 13-Aug-2016
Senescence is coming under scrutiny from doctors and biologists.
Long life will exacerbate existing social and economic problems.
Humanity must avoid the trap fallen into by Tithonus.
Biological understanding is advancing apace. Greater longevity is within reach.

Impacts of Indefinite Life Extension FAQ – IEET – 11-May-2016
Gennady Stolyarov II addresses key questions about the effects of indefinite life extension.
What would be the benefits of life extension?
What drawbacks would life extension pose?
Would governments ban indefinite life extension if it is achieved?
G. Stolyarov II is Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator and Chief Executive of the Nevada Transhumanist Party

If death becomes optional, will only the rich get to live forever? – Fusion – 3-Mar-2016
They will not be old in mind or body, only in years.
Likely to amplify economic inequality.
Those already at the top will be able to keep on accumulating assets throughout their lives.
Perhaps you’ll be able to get loan for the treatment.

Japan population shrinks by one million – BBC News – 26-Feb-2016
0.7% fewer people than 5 years ago.
By 2060 about 40% of its citizens will be sixty-five or older.
COMMENT: It would be good if the global population reduced a bit before we find the cure for aging – that would buy as some time to figure how to to prevent or cope with a population explosion.

Transcending Overpopulation With a Bionic Future – IEET – 18-Feb-2016
The topic of overpopulation is flooded with both hype and misunderstandings.
Newer resources will replace previous ones in both access and efficiency.
Rate of population growth is declining quite dramatically.
COMMENT: will fertility rate drop fast enough if cure for aging is found in the next decade?

Lifespans Are Long Enough? Most disagree – Intelligence Squared U.S. – 3-Feb-2016
What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans?
Should we accept a “natural” end, or should we find a cure to aging?
Full video of debate available.
Debating against:
Aubrey de Grey – Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, SENS Research Foundation
Brian Kennedy – CEO & President, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Debating for:
Ian Ground – Philosopher & Lecturer, University of Newcastle
Paul Root Wolpe – Director, Emory Center for Ethics
Post-debate Poll Results: 40% for, 49% against, 11% undecided

Foreign Office study predicts society will collapse by 2040 – The Independent – 22-Jun-2015
If no actions taken (i.e. the world carries on with business as usual) catastrophic food shortages caused by climate change and other production shocks will generate riots resulting in total breakdown of society.

Will radical life extension be the abortion politics of 2050? – The Week – 1-Jun-2015
Both left and right ring politics may be split on the issue of life extension technology – god versus freedom.

Staying alive: who pays for long life expectancy? – Public Finance – 20-May-2015
By 2030 most men and women can expect to live into their mid-80s.

James Abbott Green candidate – Braintree and Witham Times – 20-Apr-15
What scares me is… breakdown of society due to war/environmental collapse.

Global Risks 2015 Interconnections Map – World Economic Forum – 2015

Citizen wage and why under 35s don’t need pensions – Ian Pearson of Futurizon – 11-Nov-14

 

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