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BareBones
29-04-2009, 03:16 PM
I've been reading about this guy Aubrey de Grey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_de_Grey) and watching this lecture (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging.html), and i didn't see any threads on it already so i thought i'd start one.

what do you guys reckon? Mr Tea, i know you'll have an opinion!

he's apparently also an adviser at the singularity institute, so vimothy might be into this too.

(edit: i'm not sure if gerontology is the correct title for this topic, but whatever)

zhao
29-04-2009, 03:40 PM
nano bots FTW!

but as my GF pointed out, all this stuff, when it does happen, will be the ultimate class divide... that between life and death.

mixed_biscuits
29-04-2009, 04:19 PM
The 'Transhumanist' movement is also interested in extending life-span and discussing the related ethical problems:

http://www.transhumanism.org/resources/FAQv21.pdf

vimothy
29-04-2009, 04:23 PM
There was an edition of Cato Unbound featuring de Grey recently:

http://www.cato-unbound.org/issues/do-we-need-death/

BareBones
30-04-2009, 12:42 PM
cheers for those links, i'll have a read on the tube later.

i wonder where/how essentially immortal humans will fit in with the kind of computer superintelligence that the singularity institute are all about?