Originally Posted by dejanh
a lot of very young and possibly privileged people here it seems, that do not quite understand how much you actually need to bust your gonads in life. I can definitely say that I would not want to have that and then double it.
On a more scientific note, this is also bound to result in more genetic and degenerative diseases almost certainly being developed, maybe even at a much younger (relatively speaking) age. Not quite so simple as "live longer". I don't even want to get into the environmental pressure due to on average 6 - 8 generations being alive at the same time all consuming resources comparing to today's typical 2-4.
Assuming we had invulnerability from old age, you can bet that the whole work thing would change. Sure, you might spend 2-3 lifetimes working but you'd get some that are pure holidays and fun too.
Originally Posted by Stuuut
Originally Posted by SpankyMcFlych
Where I live the the population density is 5.69 /km2, hardly overpopulated. The rest of the world may be overpopulated, but they probably can't afford buckyball pills anyways.
So where you live its not overpopulated, I bet when such a pill would exist it would be.
There will be more hunger, more polution, more everything.
Please wait another 80 years with such an invention so i don't have to be here when the earth gets destroyed.
Except if we had a way to live longer, long flight times, etc would mean much less for space travel.
Originally Posted by Sapientia
We already make more than enough food to feed all 7 billion of us adequately. The problem there is distribution. A great deal of food is simply thrown away. As for overpopulation, industrial nations already have stable populations, and developing nations will
hit that equilibrium as well. The earth isn't going to be destroyed.
QFT. The Earth can handle quite a few more people, at the very least a lot of 1st world countries will have to cut down. (ie. Instead of buying a full meal and eating half of it, eat the whole damn thing or order a smaller meal. I see that quite a bit here and it annoys the hell out of me)
Seriously, if it got bad enough to actually be a major threat to humans continued survival, we'd have expeditions to Mars for a sustainable city/habitat within 2 years. Probably less. Move a bunch of humans off Earth (willingly, of course) and use the land they've given up as farmland. Mind you, after you improve the efficiency of certain countries in terms of food and water wasted, I doubt we'd hit any type of emergency levels for a long time.