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180 years old? Experts debate limit of aging: CNN

  1. Jul 21, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    "I think we are knocking at the door of immortality," said Michael Zey, a Montclair State University business professor and author of two books on the future. "I think by 2075 we will see it and that's a conservative estimate."

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/07/19/aging/index.html
     
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  3. Jul 25, 2003 #2
    I definitely don't think it would be good, even if possible, for most people to live to be a 100.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2003 #3

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    100 is not long enough. We need an indefinite life span. ONly then will everyone be forced to start to really deal with the consequences of their actions.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2003 #4
    Tail, any specific reasoning behind your assertion?

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  6. Oct 3, 2003 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    $7,000,000 fees from the library on books overdue for 1200 years. 950 children to buy for at Christmas. Marriage for life...or even worse, 300 ex-wives? It could get ugly.

    Can a 900 year old marry a 20 year old? When do you finally tell the family that all 55,000 can't come to the reunion?

    Do we keep the "life in prison" sentence? Could we justify the death penalty? And most importantly, what about the Pope! He would never die, but he would effectively be out of a job; except for the really unlucky.

    Ok really, if we assume that all disease is also cured, it would seem that the average lifespan would be governed stricly by the odds of dying in an accident. This stuff makes for great sci-fi.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2003 #6

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    950 children because one couple will have that many kids, or because your kids have kids have kids have kids etc?

    I don't think people will start having more kids than we currently have (people are limiting themselves to 0, 1, or even 2 kids now when we could be having 20 if we wanted), and if you mean the extended family version, then you would say it much the same way as we say it now. You just invite those who you want. I mean, if you look back in history, even though they are dead, you can trace the descendants of your great great great great grandfather, and find a huge extended family and invite all of them....but you don't do you?

    meh, this is silly. I shouldn't have replied, I don't think you were really being serious.
     
  8. Oct 3, 2003 #7
    People will not insist on having immortality through their children when they can have the real thing.

    Today, using the past to predict the future is not as helpful as it used to be. Not only does change continue to happening in strange ways, but it's accelerating (Kurzweil). That's something which is missing when talking about the future. The next 25 years of progress will likely be comparable to the last 1,000 years, thus, leading us up the Singularity.

    Another God, the only objection of genuine concern brought up by Ivan is the problem of accidents and risk associated with living inside a biological body for thousands of years. However, in time I think we'll become better at avoiding risks. Also, risks will be dramatically mitigated when we successfully upload our consciousness to more durable and networked substrates.

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  9. Oct 3, 2003 #8
    I agree with this 100%

    I had seen a show a long time ago dealing with this. I freely admit I don't know if their numbers were correct or not, but they claimed the statistics indicated an average of 600 years prior to being killed in an accident of some type. That's a sorry figure for an immortal, but I'm leaning towards the optimism expressed by bjklein when he said;

    "However, in time I think we'll become better at avoiding risks. Also, risks will be dramatically mitigated when we successfully upload our consciousness to more durable and networked substrates."

    Yeah, I like every bit of that!!!
     
  10. Oct 3, 2003 #9
    Interestingly, Aubrey de Grey, anti-aging scholar at Cambridge University, has recently made a prediction worth noting. He made his prediction taking in to account that in time humans will become more risk averse in time, yet will still be exposed to overall risks that will ultimately lead to death.

    "Our life expectancy will be in the region of 5,000 years" in rich countries in the year 2100...
    http://imminst.org/forum/index.php?s=&act=ST&f=69&t=1559&st=0

    Aubrey also answered some direct questions about the possibility of immortality here:

    IMMINST: Among qualified scientists, you are one of the most outspoken
    proponents of the likelihood of 'extreme' life extension. For what do
    you accredit your outspokenness in comparison to other scientists?

    ADG: Two main reasons, I guess. Firstly, I am more outspoken because I am
    more optimistic about the timeframe for developing 'extreme' life
    extension. The reason I'm more optimistic is...
    http://imminst.org/forum/index.php?s=&act=ST&f=114&t=1857&st=0
     
  11. Oct 3, 2003 #10

    Ivan Seeking

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    Sorry Another God, I sometimes mix silliness with seriousness. In fact, I jest about issues that could be interesting. I can imagine that such a revolution would completely change the dynamics of the family and personal relationships. Much of our way of life requires our eventual deaths.
     
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    Can you explain?
     
  13. Oct 3, 2003 #12

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    Did you ever read Ring World? Niven conceived of a race - my gosh, I want to say they were called the puppeteers or something like that..I read this nearly 25 years ago - that had proven mathematically that they have no afterlife. As a result, they had beaten natural, biological death, and lived in a society based on extreme caution. They built the safest transport systems known.
     
  14. Jul 12, 2004 #13
    Genesis 3:22 Says "And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever." It would have been something if man had ate of that tree. We would be little gods, according to GOD! Of course we are not because "the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Meaning Death. So, to imagine life forever isn't far from reality. You can live forever, if you accept christ as your savior! Only then can we live forever and ever!
     
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  15. Jul 12, 2004 #14
    Why would you want to live forever on this crappy planet anyway! Too much sin and violence for me to want to live here!
     
  16. Jul 12, 2004 #15
    Why are you still here then?
     
  17. Jul 15, 2004 #16
    Because I'm here to make it better! That's what Christians are called out for!
     
  18. Jul 15, 2004 #17
    The oldest person currently in the world is only 114 or so.

    These people however really tend to look like they are 114. And that is with all this supposedly wonderful science in age research. Is it really reasonable to assume we can increase the timespan of a human life?

    Nothing much has changed over a century (or in its entire history) in the maximum lifespan of a human being.

    And what did this guy mention: nanotechnology. We don't even understand the basics of aging. How is he going to cure something we don't understand with something that doesn't even exist.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2004 #18

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    First, religious postings are frowned upon here, please keep your religious zeal to yourself. :smile: Secondly, I am unaware of eternal life for christians.

    There are christian forums on the internet, this is not one of them. Please refrain from religious outbursts in respect for other's beliefs. Thank you.
     
  20. Jul 15, 2004 #19

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    So if Christianity ever succeeds in making the world a wonderful place to live, would you then not mind spending so much time here?
     
  21. Aug 4, 2004 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    I am posting this because I am tired of seeing the size of the human penis at the top of my page. I think it is in poor taste, and frankly, it hits just a little too close to home.
     
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