Funzing LDN Talks at Night: Is Tech The End of Getting Old?

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By 2040, could we have abolished what we now know as biological ageing?

Its a big if, but if we decide as a species to make this project a priority, theres around a 50% chance that practical rejuvenation therapies resulting in the comprehensive reversal of ageing will be widely available as early as 2040.

People everywhere, on the application of these treatments, will, if they wish, stop becoming biologically older. Instead, again if they wish, theyll start to become biologically younger, in both body and mind, as rejuvenation therapies take hold. In short, everyone will have the option to become ageless.

This possibility tends to provoke two powerful objections. First, people say that its not possible that such treatments are going to exist in any meaningful timescale any time soon. In other words, they insist that human rejuvenation cant be done. Its wishful thinking to suppose otherwise, they say. Its bad science. Its naively over-optimistic. Its ignorant of the long history of failures in this field. The technical challenges remain overwhelmingly difficult.

Secondly, people say that any such treatments would be socially destructive and morally indefensible. In other words, they insist that human rejuvenation shouldnt be done. Its essentially a selfish idea, they say an idea with all kinds of undesirable consequences for societal harmony or planetary well-being. Its an arrogant idea, from immature minds. Its an idea that deserves to be strangled.

Cant be done; shouldnt be done this talk will argue that both these objections are profoundly wrong. The speaker will argue instead that rejuvenation is a noble, highly desirable, eminently practical destiny for our species a Humanity+ destiny that could be achieved within just one human generation from now. The abolition of aging is set to take its place on the upward arc of human social progress, echoing developments such as the abolition of slavery, the abolition of racism, and the abolition of poverty.

In more detail, the talk will highlight issues and opportunities about:
Ongoing "business as usual" medical improvements
Various forthcoming engineering disruptions of the medical field
Various forthcoming social and political disruptions relevant to life extension.
The talk will also
Suggest actions that can be taken to increase the probability of the success of the rejuveneering project
Consider steps that we can all take to increase the chance of us living long enough to be able to reach the point of wide availability of these therapies.

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

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