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If they are depending on the government that pays them retirement benefits to be the life lengthener (in the form of organ growing healthcare), goodluck, they won't after a person's utility is gone.
In the free market, it will be offered, but only until the elderly is out of capital (no descendants will count on inheritance any more, not necessarily a bad thing). Systems like this exists now for elderly care, they depend on the sale of an estate after death, but I think the body will quickly need all new organs and the debt will quickly outpace capital. Add the organ regrowing onto the cost of care, and most elderly won't afford it.
Let's face it, companies are in the business of making money. Could you go out and get a load for an organ transplant surgery right now, if you were on government checks and 70 years old. If you're house wasn't already mortgaged for your current healthcare, I highly doubt it.
What it will do is provide life lengthening for children, young adults, and middle aged people. So, it will bring up the average lifespan, by bringing in the bell curve from the left side, and maybe a total shift to the right of a few years, but I really highly doubt anything like a doubling.
Is developing games on Android useful?
If so, how is that more useful than painting, or playing music; or sitting on a bench drinking beer all day?
I think 'usefulness' and 'earning potential' are two entirely different things.
They are only the same from an abstract utilitarian point of view, but that's just one way to think about it.
I don't think elderly should die because they can't develop Android games, or any other reason. The entire idea that we should passively kill people because they aren't economically valuable is unethical and beyond absurd.
I'm not disagreeing with you at all, just saying how it is. Do you expect economically motivated entities to extend your life once your economic utility is depleted? Individuals, as do corporations, and governments, overwhelmingly act on their own behalf and not for the good of others.
Genetic printing is one of the weirder emerging technologies to think about.
I think THE major implication is not the increased life span, but the fact that we can use the same techniques to replicate food using nothing but a genetic blueprints, energy and 'waste' .
Disgusting as that sounds, it's essentially the same thing we do now; only that our printers are animals, plants and large areas farming ground to catch enough sunlight.
The fact is that industrial farming is highly inefficient and damaging to the environment, not to mention cruel at times, so we'll have to deal with the following dilemma:
Will we choose the infinite supermarket of artificial meat and veggies, or should we keep things "natural". What will the impact of the mass use of cloned food be on the populations health (immune system, allergies, etc...)? And will natural food become something only the super rich can afford?
The Independant[^] covers it - I'm not sure that the Daily Fail has woken up to the fact we don't have Victoria and an Empire any more...until they do another "immigrants spread plague on house prices says Diana via medium" story.
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
If I post futher on this it would have to be in the SoapBox given that we don't have freedom of speech either on this page or in the UK, nor recognition of our rights, nor much of any of the things we spent a thousand years arguing about and occasionally dying in our millions to achieve. || ...
"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage."
Thucydides (B.C. 460-400)
It's not law though. The bill has to go through the house of Lords and they'll probably reject it. Interestingly enough, because of the way the act was introduced, the government can't use the Parliament act to force it through onto the statute books.
I was brought up to respect my elders. I don't respect many people nowadays.
I got to play with a surface pro last night at the mall. Dear Microsoft... here you go.[^]
The pen with it felt kinda cheap. The machine itself felt solid and seemed very responsive. The store I was at had already given out all of their reservation cards. Guess I'll show up when they open Saturday and take my chances.
I bought the 64GB model which, at the time, came with the touch cover (black). It's a great little keyboard. I'm not quite as fast or accurate on it as I am on a full keyboard, but it works well. I'm typing this response on it, as a matter of fact. I actually spend as much time with the keyboard detached as I do with it in place. But it's great to have when I don't want to use the on-screen keyboard.
The better battery life of the RT is a selling point for me. I figured I'd buy the RT to test my apps with and pick up a Pro at some point, but when I'm on the go the RT does everything I need, so I'll spend less and buy a nice desktop machine.
Heck, with the remote desktop app, I can sit in my living room and run desktop apps on my laptop which is in another room. I've done that more than once.
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