For Biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey, aging is an engineering problem: for him the body is a machine and, much "like any machine, it can be maintained for as long as we want." If de Grey is successful in his quest, some very interesting questions come to the forefront of immortality.
If we develop these anti-aging technologies, who will have access to them? Will inequality deepen even further in a post-aging world? And what about the additional resources required to support humans living 200 or 300 or 500 years? The planet is stretched as it is with 7 billion people living roughly 70 years on average (women tend to live three to five years longer than men) — and is already facing serious stresses around food, water, and global warming going forward.
Grey, to his credit, has thought through these problems. I’m not sure he’s alive to the political implications of this technology, specifically the levels of state coercion it might demand.
But when pressed, he defends his project forcefully.
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