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Canofceleri

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Canofceleri

I was reading about the world's oldest organisms thanks to a CNN post, I'm always intrigued by that kind of sh*t.

 

Then my Wikipedia clicks went the way of life extension. Some interesting concepts to entertain, no matter how outlandish. I'll post a couple that I thought were interesting.

 

 

One idea that has been advanced involves uploading an individual's personality and memories via direct mind-computer interface.The individual's memory may be loaded to a computer or to a newly born baby's mind. The baby will then grow with the previous person's individuality, and may not develop its own personality. Extropian futurists like Moravec and Kurzweil have proposed that, thanks to exponentially growing computing power, it will someday be possible to upload human consciousness onto a computer system, and live indefinitely in a virtual environment. This could be accomplished via advanced cybernetics, where computer hardware would initially be installed in the brain to help sort memory or accelerate thought processes. Components would be added gradually until the person's entire brain functions were handled by artificial devices, avoiding sharp transitions that would lead to issues of identity. After this point, the human body could be treated as an optional accessory and the mind could be transferred to any sufficiently powerful computer. Another possible mechanism for mind upload is to perform a detailed scan of an individual's original, organic brain and simulate the entire structure in a computer. What level of detail such scans and simulations would need to achieve to emulate consciousness, and whether the scanning process would destroy the brain, is still to be determined.[24] Whatever the route to mind upload, persons in this state would then be essentially immortal, short of loss or traumatic destruction of the machines that maintained them.

 

 

Technological immortality is the prospect for much longer life spans made possible by scientific advances in a variety of fields: nanotechnology, emergency room procedures, genetics, biological engineering, regenerative medicine, microbiology, and others. Contemporary life spans in the advanced industrial societies are already markedly longer than those of the past because of better nutrition, availability of health care, standard of living and bio-medical scientific advances. Technological immortality predicts further progress for the same reasons over the near term. An important aspect of current scientific thinking about immortality is that some combination of human cloning, cryonics or nanotechnology will play an essential role in extreme life extension. Robert Freitas, a nanorobotics theorist, suggests tiny medical nanorobots could be created to go through human bloodstreams, find dangerous things like cancer cells and bacteria, and destroy them.[23] Freitas anticipates that gene-therapies and nanotechnology will eventually make the human body effectively self-sustainable and capable of living indefinitely, short of severe brain trauma. This supports the theory that we will be able to continually create biological or synthetic replacement parts to replace damaged or dying ones.

 

 

Leon Kass (chairman of the US President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005) has questioned whether potential exacerbation of overpopulation problems would make life extension unethical.[30] He states his opposition to life extension with the words:

 

"simply to covet a prolonged life span for ourselves is both a sign and a cause of our failure to open ourselves to procreation and to any higher purpose. …[The] desire to prolong youthfulness is not only a childish desire to eat one's life and keep it; it is also an expression of a childish and narcissistic wish incompatible with devotion to posterity."[31]

 

Transhumanist philosopher Nick Bostrom has argued that any technological advances in life extension must be equitably distributed and not restricted to a privileged few.[32] In an extended metaphor entitled "The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant", Bostrom envisions death as a monstrous dragon who demands human sacrifices. In the fable, after a lengthy debate between those who believe the dragon is a fact of life and those who believe the dragon can and should be destroyed, the dragon is finally killed. Bostrom argues that political inaction allowed many preventable human deaths to occur.[33]

 

Discuss.

Edited by Candarelli

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gizmo

i suppose you could say so in a sense. But like anything else it will need to be backed up, many will fail, and even if possible, will take many failures before success.

 

very interesting concept tho.

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E.A.B.

I hope to God I don't live in such a world. I hope I f*cking die before that happens. I wish to never see such technological 'achievements'.

 

Life loses all meaning when the threat of Death is put away. When the constant struggle is done away with. There is no purpose. There is no drive to do anything when there is no end.

 

It's f*cking scary. It also sounds kinda Tuck Everlasting-ish. I always tell my grandma that I wouldn't hope for ever-lasting life, since all my loved ones would wither out and die. If you can rid yourself of emotions, though, it wouldn't be hard at all. But at what cost.

 

Besides, human bodies naturally cripple away and deteriorate at a certain point. Science can only do so much to keep you alive. I see some old people constantly entering hospitals to ward off death for another month or so, but they aren't happy whatsoever. Quite honestly, their time is up. They're lonely, and have done all they can.

 

Where was I? Oh, yeah. If I can live indefinitely with my family as well in a technological network of sorts, then society has certainly entered another revolutionary stage that is more drastic than the industrial revolution. Still, quite honestly, I'm scared of it. It's too much for me. Just the thought kinda worries me simply because its so uncertain. I wouldn't be able to handle such a future.

 

So when it comes to this question, I can't body this bitch.

Edited by E.A.B.

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