Social Impacts

Beyond Retirement: A New Social Compact for the Age of Longevity

Beyond Retirement: A New Social Compact for the Age of Longevity

author Paul A. Spiegel    Humanity stands on the brink of the Age of Longevity. Advances in science hold the promise of extending the healthy lifespan beyond the roughly 120 years presently accepted as the “natural” limit’, achieving radical life extension (“RLE”)[1]. In considering this breakthrough, two questions often arise in popular discourse: If people live indefinitely, how will societ...

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Opinion: Synthetic Biology — The True Savior of Mankind

Opinion: Synthetic Biology — The True Savior of Mankind

Once we recognize that the current species are flawed, we will see that only by designing and introducing new species can suffering, poverty and the depletion of natural resources be stopped. Once we look at this option, we find already a perfect and ultimately moral solution to the threats of climate change, disease, overpopulation and the terrible scarcity giving rise to endless injustice and re...

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Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom?

A friend emailed me to say that he believed that transhumanists should strive to be free, if free will doesn’t currently exist, or strive to be freer, if humans currently possess some small modicum of free will.

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