Originally Posted by redfroth
We're knocking on death's door and it's getting louder.
I consider myself to have trans-humanist opinions and completely believe the singularity will be reached in the next 50 years, there's my disclaimer.
The problem I have with "curing" death is that it won't be for the common man, maybe it shouldn't be due to population concerns , but the process to extend life indefinitely (or at least greatly increase it) will have enormous economic and sociological impacts, not all of which are ideal or some even down right frightening. [b[Imagine a judicial system where supreme court justices never die or retire. monarchs and dictators that never age, a wealthy elite will be the only ones who have access to this technology as it will almost certainly be horrifically expensive.[/b]
Couple that with the ever advancing concepts of automation in the workplace and the creation of true AI in the next two decades and a very bleak picture for the common man begins to be pieced together. Massive unemployment due to lack of jobs. Whole businesses will be run autonomously by one centralized AI, if there are people involved it will be in a service role being supervised by machines. Little meaningful education beyond basic schooling will be provided as a result. A decreasing quality of life as the worlds wealth is ever more centralized into the hands of the immortal wealthy elite. These are just a few of the issues that will arise out of the coming advances in the medical and artificial intelligence fields. Stopping advancements like this are futile and ultimately doomed. Finding a responsible path to guide society through the singularity should be a researchers number one goal, and is indeed important for us all that will live for the next half-century. I do have a problem with Kurzwiel's rose tinted opinions of what his predictions will bring, even though I do support his prognostications.
+rep and i need to read one of his books any recommendations ?
remember the google brain-upload thing and the mega-oligarch gold chained ridden fogey who wanted to live forever so he could continue being a greedy ****? Well these systems are only engineered for them in a Utopian elitist society.
the poor will die off long before this tech when machines replace the need for common workers.Edited by Pip Boy - 9/20/13 at 7:20am