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Posted: 19 September 2012 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I think that far enough in the future everyone will essentially be ageless cyborgs, if we’re around long enough. The cyborg part will have physical aspects, like perhaps replacing organs with more effecient artificial parts, but the real difference-maker will be direct-integration computers into the brain, making the first significant increase in human cognition since the development of language.

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Posted: 19 September 2012 12:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Hm, i think that these organs wont be some sort of fully mechanical metal parts but enhanced biological parts like bones which are made of durable minerals, red blood cells which can take more oxygen, or a heart made of more efficient muscles.

As for living for 300 years? What in the world would you do in all that time?

I know a lot of things i would like to do, and if i run out of these things iam sure ill find a lot of new things to do grin
Long time research would be a nice thing, acquiring tons of knowledge, and use that knowledge to change the world for the better, build a monumental building by myself, the way i like it, see mars, make experiences in all possible jobs,...

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Posted: 20 September 2012 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Youll see everyone die in front of you…like those vampire movies..haha

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Posted: 20 September 2012 02:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Jennifer Stallone - 20 September 2012 09:51 AM

Youll see everyone die in front of you…like those vampire movies..haha

Not if everyone(or a lot of people) takes the “immortality-pill”, it would be sad if i would be the only one.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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The thought of being an “ageless cyborg” horrifies me.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Dead Monky - 25 September 2012 08:44 AM

The thought of being an “ageless cyborg” horrifies me.

We are the borg.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 01:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Dead Monky - 25 September 2012 08:44 AM

The thought of being an “ageless cyborg” horrifies me.

You’re watching too much Star Trek. Pop-sci-fi seems to have a fetish for making cyborgs mindless automatons, and they won’t be.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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It sounds as if we are making progress in that direction.  Yesterday, on public radio, they interviewed some people working on progeria, the premature aging of children.  Very recently they were able to isolate a compound produced by these chiildren that caused cells to age.  Then they were also able to synthesize a chemical that inhibited that compound.  Apparently it’s made quite a difference in the boy who they’ve been treating it with.  They also found that as we normals get older, we produce increasing amounts of this compound.  So, it would seem that taking the inhibiting chemical would slow down our aging.

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Posted: 25 September 2012 03:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Occam. - 25 September 2012 02:54 PM

It sounds as if we are making progress in that direction.  Yesterday, on public radio, they interviewed some people working on progeria, the premature aging of children.  Very recently they were able to isolate a compound produced by these chiildren that caused cells to age.  Then they were also able to synthesize a chemical that inhibited that compound.  Apparently it’s made quite a difference in the boy who they’ve been treating it with.  They also found that as we normals get older, we produce increasing amounts of this compound.  So, it would seem that taking the inhibiting chemical would slow down our aging.

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That’s really cool.

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 26 September 2012 04:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Well, my other prediction is right on track.  I found the chemical they are giving the kids, went to the website of a supplier and looked up the price.  For 100 100mg tablets, it was $2,760.  At two a day, that’s $55.20 or $20,162 a year.  As I had said earlier, only the wealthy will be able to afford longevity drugs.

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Posted: 26 September 2012 08:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Occam. - 26 September 2012 04:51 PM

Well, my other prediction is right on track.  I found the chemical they are giving the kids, went to the website of a supplier and looked up the price.  For 100 100mg tablets, it was $2,760.  At two a day, that’s $55.20 or $20,162 a year.  As I had said earlier, only the wealthy will be able to afford longevity drugs.

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Doesn’t that pretty much echo most dystopian future predicting sci-fi? downer

Well, the ultra rich would have to preserve some of us non-rich folks. Hmm… Unless they had robots to do all the mundane stuff for them. In which case, I’ll be rooting for Skynet. wink

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Derek

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Posted: 26 September 2012 10:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Nah, they don’t have to preserve any of us non-rich folks.  In fact, they’d prefer that while they may 135 years old, that we be quite young and energetic to do all the skut work they have to have taken care of and not mature enough to question them.  LOL

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Posted: 27 September 2012 08:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Occam. - 26 September 2012 04:51 PM

As I had said earlier, only the wealthy will be able to afford longevity drugs.

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Also, it’s possible that after a certain point a large group of the population may end up rejecting a lot of these kinds of advances on moral grounds. So, you’ll get three groups: the ageless rich cyborgs, the people who want to become ageless rich cyborgs, and the people who want nothing to do with either. Technology nowadays is far out-pacing morality, so it’s possible that this divide may become significant.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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TromboneAndrew - 25 September 2012 01:53 PM

You’re watching too much Star Trek. Pop-sci-fi seems to have a fetish for making cyborgs mindless automatons, and they won’t be.

That’s horrifying, yes.  But it disturbs me on a more fundamental level.  The idea of replacing or augmenting our systems with artificial bits I find repellent and disturbing.  It’s viscerally repulsive to me.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 02:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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This technology has kept Dick Cheney with us.  Horrifying, indeed.

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