RE: life extension advocacy plans (fear of Tithonus) --> survey

From: Reason (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 02:15:57 MDT

---> Spike Jones quoting Mike Lorrey
>> I personally expect anyone with a more normal
>> expectancy who is 30-35 today to make it to the point where practical
>> immortality is attained.
>I pretty much agree with Mike on this, which is why I
>am willing to go to extreme measures such as CR to
>scratch for just a feeeew moooore yeeeears. Im 40. spike

--> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

> How old am I? Old enough to vote. Anything else is on a need-to-know
> basis, and you don't need to know. But to my mind, the worry is whether
> my *grandparents* make it to the Singularity. I seriously doubt that even
> the old fogeys among us will miss the train. If you're under forty, you
> essentially have a cast-iron guarantee that you won't die of old age. You
> may be hit by a truck, die of a premature heart attack at fifty, or have
> an artery eaten by goo, but you won't die of old age. Hope this cheers
> y'all up.

I really don't see this; really, really not. It just doesn't sound plausible
to be so absolute about this; it begins to seem like an issue of faith in
technology, in everything working out ok. Consider even just the trial and
error is-this-working timescales...

Anyone want to roll out some numerical- and factual- based arguments on one
side or the other?


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