Lena Gorska

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Should we invest with a specific objective of achieving immortality, or let it be just a happy consequence of fighting specific diseases?

As a TEDtranslator I have stumbled upon today on a relatively new TEDxAmsterdam 2010 talk in Amara by one of my favourite visionary scientist – Dr Aubrey de Grey.
The talk is yet to be transcribed and translated and is not visible on TED website, thus I am sharing a link to it on the YouTube.
In a nutshell, de Grey, a biomedical gerontologist, the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation advocates that world community should invest as much resources as possible for research into ways to slow and possibly end the process of aging – in effect leading to immortality. I am curious of your opinion on that issue.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVyWC-dNuF0

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    Jan 27 2013: .
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    Happiness only comes from the feeling of things being A-STEP-BETTER for keeping our DNA alive.
    Immortality eliminates the A-STEP-BETTER.
    Then, NO HAPPINESS !!!

    Who likes that ?
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    Jan 10 2013: However, this would mean a cut-off of funding for researchers, like de Grey, who's findings may actually contribute to other disease combating research...
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    Jan 9 2013: the two things are pretty much the same. death by age does not exist. you alway die from some disease, let it be cancer, clotting in vessels, degradation of brain tissue, etc. if we fight all the diseases, we achieve immortality.
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    Jan 9 2013: Large expenditures done right can help reactivate the economy, and it does seem like that's sorely needed in more than one country right now. For sure, we don't want countries to start wars for the sake of spending --been there, done that.

    It could be argued spending in immortality research not only has its intrinsic returns of investment, but also saves us the costs economic instability has, in this case, with an endeavour that may make it easier to raise taxes on the wealthiest, as they would more readily trade part of their fortune for a real chance of enjoying a substantial life extension.