LOL...I forgot I started this thread... I came across that 'interesting' site after trying to explore and interesting poem......can't find it anymore.... ...
..Here's another interesting theory....
"The book is partly a health guide so people can live to benefit from a coming explosion in technology he predicts will make infinite life spans possible.
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I found this quote of the good Dr. that really bothered me:
"Death is a tragedy," a process of suffering that rids the world of its most tested, experienced members — people whose contributions to science and the arts could only multiply with agelessness, he said.
Death to me is nota "tragedy" - it is simply a fact of life.
I think one of the other people in the interview pointed out two things that are simply very valid points:
Sherwin Nuland, a bioethics professor at Yale University's School of Medicine, calls Kurzweil a "genius" but also says he's a product of a narcissistic age when brilliant people are becoming obsessed with their longevity. "They've forgotten they're acting on the basic biological fear of death and extinction, and it distorts their rational approach to the human condition," Nuland said.
I think this is a valid point. After a certain age, 50+, people start fearing the 'end'. Now one being just over 50 and have had more than my share of health challenges - I can honestly say, "death does not bother me. I do not fear the fact that I'm going to die. Why? Fearing death isn't going to make it go away! I've choosen to not fear death, but to enjoy life! Now I will say that when it's my time - I would rather it not be painful... "
The instinct to preserve individuality, and to gain advantage for yourself and children, would survive any breakthrough into biological immortality — which Silver doesn't think is possible. The gap between the haves and have-nots would widen and Kurzweil's vision of a united humanity would become ever more elusive, he said.
I think those who 'owned' this technology would use it to their own end. The Rich & Powerful could afford this and we the middle +/- class would not. Thus the Rich and Powerful would grow more Rich and more Powerful and those who were not - well - simply put would not.
As long as Poltics and Money exist - so will the abuse of power over those people that are not into the political scene and are not rich.