Blogs Jun 25, 2010 at 8:38 am


Like this woman, 77 years old:…
so uh are these 300 year old people made in a lab or uh is everybody gonna be 300 years old, all 10billion of us, or only some of us, or after all the big wars only a few of us like dick cheyneys clone. fuck all this shit lets make people with huge genitals
I plan on living with my head in a glass jar on a robot body. I don't know what the rest of you had lined up.
#2, if we start to get people THAT old, most likely it will be a small subset at first. The most genetically and nutritionally fortunate of people, perhaps they will need a lot of money for specialized medications as well. It will be like a special class of the ultra old.
Can you imagine what this would mean for the workplace? Christ, you would have to have a century-long career or more to enable yourself to live on for another 50 years in retired bliss(?). No thanks. I'll stick to having a coronary embolism around 85 or so.
Good Morning Charles,
You bring up a very important point regarding 200+ y/o people. Beyond the surreality and ethical dilemma, the maintenance of the hyper-elderly will pose a greater financial burden too. As we age, we require more health care and services. So, it stands to reason that the hyper-elderly would require even more.

I am not sure I want to be a centurion and I most certainly DON'T want to be a Methuselah-like fellow (an OT Biblical character who lived to be 969 y/o). But, I do look forward to a low maintenance old age. If for no reason other than to impart wisdom. I believe it a virtue. And like fine wine only gets better with age.
if they get it right. have you read this article:… ? looks to me like the medical community will continue to push devices that keep the heart going, even when the mind is gone. rather than sustaining good health and youth, we are simply sustaining heartbeats, which keeps a human going even as the body and mind decay. when we do die, we'll have all kind of metal wires in our ashes.... and then eventually maybe #3 isn't so far off. if we focused more on preventative medicine and healthy lifestyles, i think extending youth is not such a far reached idea. but instead we are simply preventing people from dying, even if they want to but are too old and incapacitated to communicate their wishes. why do we insist on plugging in man made devices rather than let nature take its course? because death is taboo. can we discuss this idea instead?
sorry i can't link the article, but the title is "what broke my father's heart" , you can find it at new york times online. while i'm not opposed at all to medical science and sustaining life, it is a fascinating perspective from one family's experience. and scary implications for "longer life" in the future i think...
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