Investing in Immortality

Kurweil – How would you like to invest in immortality?

With his 2045 Initiative, Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world’s first immortality research center

Does not seem realistic to me on several counts.

1 – it seems far easier to extend human life-spans indefinitely, than it does to create digital clones of oneself.

2 – there are many possible causes of death, age related, disease related, human related, and other (meteor, comet, volcano, earthquake, etc).

If one looks at extending life-spans to very long terms, then the probabilities of the various causes of death alter dramatically.
The biggest threat is then other people.

We need to develop systems that give all individuals a guarantee of freedom and security, if we are to avoid the threat from someone with a serious grudge. That cannot happen in a market based paradigm. We need to develop technology and culture to support a trust based system of abundance.

I suspect that if we do manage to create digital clones of ourselves, they will require similar amounts of mass to our physical bodies to accurately mirror the experience of being human. Personally, I think I’d rather stay with the biological version, and extend it indefinitely into the future.

The key to that seems to be to evolve our social systems past money and markets as rapidly as possible. The transition could get a little “interesting”.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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