A friend asked me recently, “If science and technology could help you live forever, would you want to?”
At first I thought yes why not. Imagine all the cool things I would get to see 100, 200 and 500 years from now.
I would be able to watch my family tree grow, witness and travel the universe, see how AI helps further advance humanity, sit in a flying car, watch the world be cured of all cancers and witness the possibility of time travel.
What if you could do all these things and more in the future, would you want to live forever?
As I started to think about the question, I started to think about some of the problems that could arise. What if the world’s population went to 15 or 20 billion?
Would we have enough food for everyone? Would countless people die from hunger before they were able to get the magical cure of a long life?
Then I asked myself, should we, as a society, trust advancements in science and technology when it comes to our lives?
Currently with aging, there are so many unknowns and everyday someone claims that they have discovered the fountain of youth.
Millions of people are spending billions of dollars to look and feel younger. Many people want to be ageless.
There has been some amazing advancement and the improvement of millions of people’s lives because of science and technology.
Science and technology has a place in our society, no doubt, but if we let the advancements go too far, will science and technology become our new God?
At some point in your life you have probably consider going on a diet, eating clean, becoming vegan or vegetarian. Not to mention you might have also consider going to the gym, walking more and taking up an extra-curricular activity.
I certainly have. Any time my wife and I are headed to a beach vacation, I want to look good with my shirt off. So I work out, clean up my diet and hope that I will have enough time to get the results I desire.
When I start preparing for trips I begin by cutting out sugar, flour, fruit and rice. Mostly my diet consists of beans, vegetables and meat (Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Beef and Pork).
Because of these habits, I am usually able to lose 10 pounds with no exercise.
Here is a question I asked myself and I suggest you ask yourself, “Is eating a well-balanced diet necessary if science and technology could help you live and healthier?”
According to Wikipedia, the oldest person to live on record was 122 years and 164 days old. The other interesting fact is that 18 of the 20 oldest people to ever live are/were women.
So, does your sex play a role in how old you will live to?
If you are a man reading this you might be saying, I hope not. If you are a woman reading this it might make you happy to know you can live a little longer than the average.
Consider the stories in the Bible and other religious texts. If these religious texts hold truths, we find that many people talked about in these books lived to ages older than 500-900 years.
We should ask how is this possible and if it is possible, are we able to do the same with our science and technology?
Did the people of the past, have their own version of science and technology? One that our society is only starting to understand and duplicate.
Science and Technology Should Consider …
Look around and you see more people struggling everyday into their old age. Financially people are not making it and statics say many people will be dead or broke by the age of 65.
Far less people can save enough money to live the comfortable life they imagined after retirement.
If science and technology can increase your longevity, what will you do for money when you are 200 or 300 years old?
Will we all become slaves to the banking system? Can you and I even afford food if there are 15-20 billion people on earth?
Will money rule people’s lives, as science and technology lead the wave of the future?
To answer the question from above, you might have to work more hours and 7 days a week to have enough money to eat and provide for your family.
As you read this and you might be thinking, “I work 40 hours a week and will for the next 40 years. I look forward to retirement. I do not want to work anymore than I have to.”
Will AI not take away the need for me to work? Sure, AI may take your job but you may still have a huge outstanding mortgage and other bills that needs to be paid.
Do you want to live a longer life just to work longer hours and harder because science and technology can increase the age you live until?
I believe the answer is NO. I do not believe we were put on this earth to work from birth to death.
Ever wonder where all your money goes after you get paid?
Outside of paying for your student debt, mortgage, car payment, children’s education, food, gas, vacations and countless credit cards, most of us are being sold pharmaceuticals by the science and technology companies.
As people start to age or face health challenges they dependent on “Big Pharma” to take care of them. They purchase their medicine and that medicine helps with whatever the issues they face
You can pay for medicine one of two ways.
You can pay full price such as what people do in retirement or you can pay the subsidized price as people who work do.
If many people do not have money when they retire this means they will have to work to pay for the medicine or their loved ones will have to fork over the cash.
No matter how you look at it, we will need money. Which means we will need to work to pay for the “Cure” if AI has not already replaced you and I.
Lose of Enlightenment
Let’s consider the implications science and technology will have on the religious side.
There are billions of people around the world who believe that they have been reincarnated before and will continue to be for generations to come.
They believe their karma has not been fulfilled so they will be reborn until they are able to fulfil that karma and gain enlightenment. Therefore, I meditate daily to gain that enlightenment.
Let’s consider the idea that science and technology could increase your age and you can live forever. Would the people who believe rebirth is their karma lose the ability to experience life and death in countless cycles?
Or maybe they will choose not to take part in the advancements science and technology has to offer.
The Best of The Best
Go back into history and you will see that every generation has witnessed the best of the best in sports, literature, government, comedy, music, acting, science and technology.
If it was not for these people history books would not be filled with amazing human innovations.
If humans were to live forever would there be a need give birth the next generation of babies? Would family trees cease to exist?
Let’s consider the food we eat. Today much of the world can enjoy some of the best food farmers have to offer.
If we keep giving birth to more babies would we soon over populate the earth, will we run out of food options?
Will we have to rely on science and technology to have a helping hand in producing the food we eat? Would GMO’s be the answer even through all the controversy?
Consider the fact GMO’s have become a part of our daily life and food labeling standards have not kept up. Many of us are already consuming these foods and are not aware of it.
Perhaps the process to have us live forever has already started.
You can see funding to science and technology has increased and new developments are being talked about in institution, schools and magazines.
As the advancements of science and technology come to the for front we will need to ask ourselves these and other important question.
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