Monday, January 22, 2007

Rethink your plans, you might live longer

If you are above 60, tough luck, because you'd likely miss exciting times ahead. And if you are much younger, beware that your parents would be around longer than you have believed.

Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why.

Source: BBC NEWS | UK | 'We will be able to live to 1,000'

We ought to address at least the foreseeable problems to make the transition to ultra-long, 1000-year life as smooth as possible. To start the process, here goes.

The rich and famous ought to worry about losing their wealth and retraining for future employment. Michael Jackson would have to consider new career options seriously.

Most job openings would arise when people quit because they are bored. And most employees would outlive their employing organizations, so you need to select your industry wisely.

Aviation industry would nosedive, at least in the short run. Inter stellar space travel would become a reality. Rail travel at 50 kph would be the ideal mode of transport for the earth bound.

Riskier sports, like Formula 1 without protective gear, would attract maximum sponsorship. Hard hats would be required in golf.

Club memberships and gun licenses would be very precious.

People would not only get new body parts, like noses, but may order them a particular shape. Everybody would thus be as handsome as they wish. The rich might afford brief periods of ugliness, just to break the monotony.

All marriages would be subject to natural limitation to make them void every 50 years or so. The term for life imprisonment would have to be enhanced to make it a realistic deterrent.

Everybody would blog for practical reasons. Were we married once? Let me check my blog. Yes, here you are mentioned 3 centuries before now.

Get the picture?

Links:

  1. Aubrey de Grey in wikipedia;
  2. bio: http://www.sens.org/AdGbio.htm
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1 comment:

Dr. Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D. said...

Thank you for your interesting post!
I thought perhaps you may also find this related story interesting to you:
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http://longevity-science.blogspot.com/2007/01/sens.html