People are living much longer now than they use to, but many of them are barely aware of their surroundings, at age 85 1/2 of the population is in some stage of Alzheimer's.
Maybe longevity would finally teach us to set and accomplish some truly long-term goals.
STARGAZING: All I see are the lights of a billion places I'll never go. --Howard Tayler, Schlock Mercenary
We assume that average lifespans are going to inexorably rise.
But what if the actuaries notice that it is gradually starting to fall? (eg due to pollution, obesity, new degenerative diseases, dysgenics, cosmic radiation, declining quality of medical care etc)
The current average lifespan in the US is 76. If ten years from now (barring a war or cataclysm) it was 72, what would you say?
Maybe the big hazard in that case would be rogue nanobots malfunctioning and doing physical damage.
I'm over 50, and although I'm in very good shape, I wouldn't want live another 200 years. Not unless they figure out how to give me an 18-year-old mind and body, that is.
Reductionist and proud of it.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails. Clarence Darrow
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. Mark Twain