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Imagine being as stupid as a baby.
    
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At this time it would almost be a catastrophe if we were to learn how to prolong the human lifetime considerably.
Not really.

There are still plenty of way to improve our use of resources, and the same advances that would increase lifespan considerably would increase one's active life span considerably, so people could be contributing members of society longer.

If ageless is actually achieved, there would be no reason for anyone to have to depend on the various social security or retirement programs that most goverments tax the hell out of their populations for. People could still retire, but they would do so on their own money.

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Yeah imagine immortal dictators claiming godhood.
Bullets, bombs, poison, and "accidents" can lay low even the ageless.

How many tyrants die of old age anyway?
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Except if less people died, there would be less room for everyone. Then our gains from better uses of resources would disappear as there would be more people and we are back to square one again.
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link for source does not go to article.
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Except if less people died, there would be less room for everyone. Then our gains from better uses of resources would disappear as there would be more people and we are back to square one again.
i totally agree. It would throw off the whole balance that the world has (we are already consuming too many natural resources as it is)
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sometimes i wish i was born in the next century not to mention the games we would have then
Don't worry, if you had been you'd be thinking that still because you wouldn't know otherwise. But, there is cryogenics... that'll give you the desired results (assuming we figure out that unfreezing thing).
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Except if less people died, there would be less room for everyone. Then our gains from better uses of resources would disappear as there would be more people and we are back to square one again.
Same prediction has been made for centuries, and there are more resources available per person now than their has been at any point in history.

Agelessness might produce another population boom, but that would not last. One way or another growth would fall to the replacement rate.

Also, it's unlikely that the most rapidly growing populations would be able to afford whatever treatments were necessary to provide agelessness.

Also, being back to "square one", except being able to expect to live 10 or 20 times as long, wouldn't be such a bad thing, in my opinion.

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that'll give you the desired results (assuming we figure out that unfreezing thing).
And assuming anyone cares enough to spend the time and money needed to repair a random freezer burnt corpse.
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Not sure why people are against extending their lifetime by a considerable amount. All of the potential problems that could arise were already countered by Blameless. Whatever the case it will just give me more of a chance to extend my own lifetime.
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sometimes i wish i was born in the next century not to mention the games we would have then

EDIT: of course thi is great but wont be out for years
And I bet the kid in the next century will be saying the exact same thing -_-
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We are already suffering stability problems for the amount of people we have... energy is one of the largest. Not to mention food quality, pollution, living space, etc.

Simply relying on science to come up with solutions for those problems is unreasonable...
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