I had a flash after watching some videos of Dr Aubrey de Gray's researches on postponing aging indefinitely. According to him, it will be possible – in a near future – to cure aging process of every single cell of our body, so people could remain healthy until … well for ever. And the major side effect of being healthy indefinitely is immortality.
How would humanity react to the possibility of humans living forever? How would that impact our global way of living? Ultimately, is a person’s immortality good or bad for humanity?
I like to observe that similarly to the impact of the industrial revolution. That revolution brought the possibility to do more and more things within the same life time (which is a little similar to what deGray’s science would bring) and it ends up pretty bad for the planet. It is like every time there is a revolution impacting life-length, we exploit the new concept until a new resource suffers from it. If we can live forever, what resource(s) will suffer first and is it better not to go there? Even if most people fear death, that step is the natural conclusion of the journey, isn’t it?
Sources and Quotes on deGrey:
"Our life expectancy will be in the region of 5,000 years" in rich countries in the year 2100, predicts Aubrey de Grey, a scholar at Cambridge University.
Here is a Source to more than 100 publications of his
Here is an interview recorded in 2009: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta teams with anti-aging experts to bring you an in-depth discussion on the search for immortality.