RE: ethical problem? Some kind of problem, anyway...

Billy Brown (
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 09:08:25 -0500

O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> Similarly with jobs. I think that a lot of people work their 40+ years
> in a career happy to know that it will come to an end in some imaginable
> period of time: I'd say a lot of (or most) people don't like their
> career, or to put it another way, if they were idependently wealthy,
> they'd stop working. Try telling them that they're ageless now, and the
> retirement age has moved to 400, or 800, or 100,000, or never.

Well, it can't get quite that bad. Any reasonably frugal person can save up enough to fund their own retirement in less than 100 years - often much less, especially in high-paying fields. You could also do a partially retirement - work hard for 20 years, then switch to a part-time job and use the interest on your savings to make up the difference.

Immortality would give everyone a chance to let compound interest turn their pennies into dollars, and their dollars into riches. Of course, if it becomes common for people to retire and live off their interest the economy is going to start looking pretty strange.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I