Do you think the cure for death will be invented any time soon?
I have a feeling that it may be invented in our lifetime.
I hope not.
I think there will be a pill to significantly slow down the effects of aging--especially that type of plaque in the brain that is associated with Alzheimer's--within the next ten years.
Death, of course not, unless you're ready for a world war over food.
Uhm... death is not a disease. Therefore there is no reason to cure it. Can you imagine living forever? I can't and don't want to. Can you even fathom how bitchy a 1000 year old queen will be? It makes me shudder. Please no, no, no...
It already exists.
R5 You are not supposed to talk about these things anymore. Remember you have faked your own death already.
But even the ancient Greeks knew that eliminating death was useless, unless you figured out to have eternal youth first. Otherwise you just age and age and age, until you're no longer recognizable as human.
Life Extension, LLC.
If you can make it to 2045, when the technological singularity occurs, then you can download your brain and live forever as a transhuman-posthuman. Or at least until the dying sun goes nebula. But maybe you'll be off-planet too, I plan to be.
No, because there are too many things that can go wrong with your body inconsistent with life.
You need to see "Death Becomes Her" (1992) to see other pitfalls to staying alive too long.
Dumb question. All the answers you're going to get is quite obvious and obnoxious.
Our body is made up of individual parts that come together to form the body. Each part is susceptible to various afflictions and diseases unique to it. People often ask the dumber question, can we cure cancer? No. Cancer is an umbrella term. Each cancer is unique in its own way. Breast cancer is not the same as leukemia. A "cure" for one does not translate to another.
As r4 stated, death is not a disease that can be cured.
[quote]I have a feeling that it may be invented in our lifetime.
What is OUR lifetime? Are you 20 years old? 60 years old? Why do you assume we are all the same age?
People are just recycled over and over again.
I look forward to having my organs harvested for food.
cure for death!!!!
Is the death is an illness????
Do plants, the ones that come in bloom on an annual basis, ever die? Any one know?
What about trees? If the white man doesn't cut them down, do they live forever? Serious question. Aren't there trees that are 1000's of years old?
The problem isn't just death - it's the slow loss of capability as chronic illnesses accumulate, joints wear down, cognition slows and telomeres get damaged. Who cares if you live forever but need to be hooked up to a machine in a hospital to survive?
Ask any vampire
It has been invented. It's not all that, trust me dahling.
I really wouldn't want to live forever.
R14 shut up re: cancer cure. It may be an umbrella term but there are many consistencies between the different types that warrant them to be categorized as "cancer" and not the "flu". So finding a cure for one but open the doorway to finding cures for the other types
There are sequences on the end of the genetic material called telomeres. As cells divide the length of those sequences is reduced until finally the cell undergoes apoptosis or dies out.
There is also research out there that is working on bolstering the human immune system to seek out and destroy cancer cells.
Couple telomere restoration with cancer inhibition and you've got the recipe for a very long life indeed.
Not in your lifetime
The world would be an awful place if people stopped dying. We'd use up scarce resources even faster than we are, and much more of our money would be spent supporting old people who can't work anymore (assuming aging didn't otherwise stop). We need fewer old people, not more.
We're organic matter. Organic matter has a durational, finite existence and then it dies and changes into something else.
I'll be changed into energy and ashes because I'll be cremated.
And that's as it should be and how it is.
If there was a CURE for death, people would just start killing each other.
Yes, I read a scientific article that says the people who are being born now will be able to live over 1,000 years. They are learning how to grow body parts or clone them and will replace the ones that fail. This will of course be for only the rich.
So perhaps our grandchildren or great grandchildren will find immortality. That's what the scientific article predicted.
I want my fucking hair back! Where's the cure for that?!!
Death -- the new 40!
I believe that my nephew's children (he's 10) probably will live forever.
The first people to achieve dramatically extended lifespans have already been been born. It's coming much sooner than people think, and is likely to arrive very suddenly like the arrival of protese inhibitors suddenly changed the lifespans of those with HIV. It is likely those greater lifespans will enable them to live until immortality is achieved.
There are several drugs already under testing. Most antiage testing is done under the diabetes umbrella, as its hard to get funding for life extension.
Alot of people are already taking supplemdnts to extend their telomeres.
Not everyone will want to live forever, but being able to live into old age without suffering degenerative disease would be attractive to most.
Btw: there are things in your body that are already immortal: cancer cells can divide infinitely.
I want an android body!
Is there a test to measure our telomeres? Pretty sure mine are fucked.
Not human death.
I saw some scientist on TV when I was around 14 predicting there would be a cure for aging and death in about 20 years time and remember thinking, oh good, being 34 forever wouldn't be a bad thing at all. Well, now I am nearly 47 and still waiting.
Well, if it is invented soon it's not going to be available to 99% of you.
We'd have to totally redefine "eldergay."
Screw Eldergay, I want to live to be an Ancient Gay!!!
I used to believe it, until my wicked daughter wrote a book.
Have the emperor proclaim you a god!
Why are we looking for a cure for death when we don't even have a cure for rape?
without death there would be war with death there will be no pain with life is a miracle the expansion of its specie with death it makes things equal with the population and also causes evolution and finishes it by the extinction of species without death there would be no worrys with death there is full of worrys and alot of rush of life,war everything without death the world would be lazy and have so much pain torture sadness etc
thank you death for existing. if you cant sprint you run if you cant run jog if you cant jog walk if you cant walk limp if you cant limp crawl -christopher brennan
I hope not. Being really old, like 85 to a hundred is proving difficult for society, if a large portion of the population were immortal the whole society would have to change to support them. Humans are far to short-sighted and purblind to deserve immortality yet
This comment cracked me up and seems as good a reason as any to hope we never achieve immortality:
[quote[ Can you even fathom how bitchy a 1000 year old queen would be? It makes me shudder.
I think there will be some advances that will slow aging a bit, but that won't happen for 100 years or more.
The novel The Postmortal by Drew Magary takes place in 2019 when a cure for aging but not death becomes available. The rest of the book is about how the cure causes a lot of problems for society because it gets misused in certain situations.
No, we won't become immortal anytime soon, if ever.
If we did, it would dramatically increase the murder rate. Who the fuck could put up with some people forever? We'd have to kill them ourselves. I'm looking at you, Palin.
That picture at R13 looks like the kid from "Mask". Who is that woman?
I am immortal, no joke. I know people won't believe me but I am immortal. When I die I will simply wake up in a cybernetic body elsewhere. I know this is freaky but I am an alien abductee and this was done to me against my will but I've grown to accept it. It's interesting how being immortal changes you. I'm not sure if it's for everyone.
Hopefully in the future humanity will develop this technology by which they can store their minds in machines. When you die your mind will simply be uploaded into a machine. From there you could live in a virtual reality world inside a computer or even download your mind into a robotic or cybernetic body. Theoretically, you could also download your mind into a body that is identical to your last one or choose a different body.
My only fear is that the governments of this world would try to hog this technology to themselves and not share.
In the future there won't be any governments, no money, no celebrity, none of this stuff. Nothing that separates humans into "haves" and "have nots". All will be abolished. Humans will be divine and will live as gods. However, it's so very easy to screw this future up. I just hope humanity makes the right decisions along the path and learns to shed itself of the tyrants and evil people and groups that wish to control them and sway power over them.