Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my stance on technology and how I believe it is going to shape the future of humanity. However, there are things that are starting to happen right now that if we do not recognize could be with us for the next 1000 plus years whether we like it or not.
In the past information wasn’t readily available like it is today and bad opinions could die out with people dying. The problem is we are rapidly approaching a time when dying may not be an immediate (100 years) reality. The idea of life extension and the end of aging has profound implications for the human race; it would represent a fundamental paradigm shift in how we view our lives. There is, however, a problem with life extension and that is bigoted views will become even more difficult to eradicate.
Bigoted views can still continue today by them being passed from one generation to the next but with the introduction of massive life extension it would mean that the most outspoken and passionate individuals will remain alive to continue their thoughts. This problem cannot be understated.
Without death the rejuvenating power of new ideas could be lost. We are regrowing organs, going to space, and doing trillions of calculations but it must be realized that cultural trends and opinions established within the next 100 years could persist and stay with us for the next 1000 years. It is now more important than ever, as a race, to decide what we truly want moving forward.