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Societal Concerns of Life Extension

You would think that the majority of people would support the development of life extension technologies that might help people to live healthier and longer lives; however, quite understandably, the idea of human life extension raises some concerns for certain people.

We talk to many people about aging research, and we encounter a wide range of views and concerns about using science to achieve longer, healthier lifespans, so we have compiled a series of articles that take a look at some of the more common issues and concerns surrounding increased human lifespans.

There are potentially massive changes coming to medicine and how we regard aging and treat age-related diseases in the next few decades. With these changes comes the potential for people to live longer and healthier lives thanks to the life extension therapies that directly target the various aging processes in order to delay, prevent, or even reverse age-related diseases.

It is no longer a question of if human aging can be reversed, but when

However, the realization that human life extension is coming, perhaps even in our lifetime, raises a number of concerns and objections to the suggestion of increasing healthy human longevity. Some of these concerns are perfectly understandable but are often based on logical fallacies -that is, the argument contains logically invalid reasoning.

Human life extension will almost certainly bring challenges with it; however, overcoming challenges and adapting is something that we, as a species, are very good at. History has many examples of how medicine has contributed to increased longevity such as the invention of vaccines which stopped people dropping dead in their 30’s from infectious diseases during the Victorian era. Just as the Victorians quickly got used to the idea that they would probably live longer than their 30’s thanks to medical advances, modern society will without a doubt adapt to longevity and increases in lifespan just as fast.

Whenever the topic of  healthy life extension is raised in public, there are inevitably some concerns about how increasing human longevity through medical science could impact society. It is only right that we should endeavour to be responsible when developing potentially world-changing technologies and as part of our ethical duty, we have addressed some of the more common concerns below.

Common concerns about life extension

Overpopulation Box
Overpopulation is a common concern when it comes to longer lives.
Not in my Lifetime Box
It won’t happen in my lifetime is a common argument against longevity tech.
Immortal Dictators Box
Immortal dictators is a common topic around longevity therapies.
Boredom Box
Eternal boredom is a common concern when it comes to longer lives.
Cultural Stagnation Box
Some worry that cultural stagnation will result from increased lifespans.
Loss of Motivation Box
Some people suggest that longer lives would lead to a loss of motivation.
It's Unnatural Box
Some people suggest life extension is unnatural or is against being human.
Lack of Resources Box
Some worry that resources will run out as a result from increased lifespans.
Increasing Frailty Box
A common concern is that longer life will mean increasing frailty.
What about Pensions? Box
A common concern is that pensions will change if people live longer.
Humanity vs Individual Box
A common objection to longer life is one of the good of humanity vs the individual.
Aging is not the Priority Box
There are other priorities than aging is a frequent objection to increased lifespans.
It's Just a Fear of Death Box
Some believe this reasearch is simply driven by a fear of death.
Death is Inevitable Box
Death is inevitable so there’s no point trying to live longer is a less common objection.