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Could anti-aging technology produce immortal trillionaires?

By T.K. Randall
January 9, 2023 · Comment icon 34 comments

Imagine an immortal Elon Musk with 100 times the wealth... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steve Jurvetson
If it's possible to slow down or stop the aging process, chances are it's the richest among us who will be the first to take advantage.
Mankind has been obsessed with gaining immortality for thousands of years, but even despite the incredible advances in science and medicine achieved over the last few centuries, our species still remains just as vulnerable to the aging process as our ancestors were millions of years ago.

In the not-too-distant future, however, advances in medical technology could very realistically offer the opportunity to turn back the clock and might eventually be able to stop it entirely.

But assuming such treatments would be fairly expensive, it is reasonable to assume that it is the very rich who will have exclusive early access to anything of this nature, extending their lives far beyond the natural life-span of the vast majority of the world's population.

In a recent article in the Financial Times, Christopher Wareham - a bioethicist at Utrecht University - painted a rather disturbing picture of a future dominated by these wealthy immortals.

Suffice to say, if it is possible to acquire billions of dollars in personal wealth over a standard lifetime, someone who might live for centuries could see their wealth compound to astronomical levels.
"Suppose, for example, we had a kind of vaccine for the pandemic of age," said Wareham.

"This is going to potentially exacerbate all the kinds of existing inequalities that we have... "

"The longer you're around, the more your wealth compounds, and the wealthier you are, the more political influence you have."

This means that we could see, for instance, ageless trillionaires with enough power and money to influence major world events and shape the very future of our civilization.

Given the influence individuals like Elon Musk have today, it's not difficult to imagine what might be possible if someone like that happened to live for several centuries.

Source: Futurism | Comments (34)

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Comment icon #25 Posted by jpeniel333 1 year ago
So, I'll be a 200lb 1 year old?
Comment icon #26 Posted by simplybill 1 year ago
Well, you don’t hear of muggers robbing people for their knives. Or drug dealers protecting their turf so they can acquire a nice collection of kitchen knives. As the saying goes, “It’s all about the Benjamins”. (American slang for $100 dollar bills).
Comment icon #27 Posted by Chaldon 1 year ago
Well that was just an example from my Siberian perspective 
Comment icon #28 Posted by Chaldon 1 year ago
Actually any human would be useful to society for 200 years or more but that would require modifications to our brains, taking out all the garbage from there. All we have now are some quite inefficient mind practices, such as Zen meditation, but they can only pacify brain without giving it the young vigor. And immortality doesn't give it too. I think the scientists should better work on rejuvenation of mind rather than immortality.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I have spent some time in Oregon.  I would fly in to Portland and drive down to what ever county I was installing software for.   I remember the 4 times I went, (winter and fall) that people would comment that I was there the one sunny week of the month.   
Comment icon #30 Posted by Chaldon 1 year ago
At least it's warm in Oregon during winter. Here in Siberia I live in a private house in the village, without gas pipeline, so have to burn coal all the winter, that's almost 8 months, twice a day. That's a very hard and dirty physical work overall, but on the upside I live on my own land under the sky, instead of an apartment building.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Desertrat56 1 year ago
I know how you feel about being on your own land instead in an apartment.   I think it is harder for you.   I have an old house on 1/2 acre in a city where almost everyone in the neighborhood has subdivided and built and sold a second house.   My property doesn't lend itself to that as the house sits smack in the middle, and it is a big house.   I like that, I have a 6 ft high block wall around most of it to block some of the city noise.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Tatetopa 1 year ago
I live on the outskirts of Portland now.   Local wisdom is that if you can't see Mt. Hood, that means its raining.  If you can see Mt. Hood, that means its going to rain soon.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Imran S 1 year ago
We will live forever, but it the next life…
Comment icon #34 Posted by Audio Imagez 1 year ago
Nah. You're placing blame on a tool. Money is not the problem. Many people do good things with it. It's people that are the problem.

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