This idea is interesting and fascinating, if people want it, let them pursue it.
Agreed. If they pull it off, they'll reap what they sowed.
This implies ablation of unwanted memories and experiences. Forgetfulness is an important element of longevity in the way I conceive transcendentalism (the only passable way), it also implies re-learning and re-experiencing things.
A society of perpetual manchildren, ever seeking novel activities then erasing their memory of them to regain that sweet, sweet naivete. That's fucking crazy. BTW living forever is more than just statistically impossible- it's physically impossible for the Universe to sustain life indefinitely.
Admittedly, I'd like more than 50 more 'good' years of life. But there are only so many ways to reconcile that immortality with humanity. You can do all the living you wanted, then kill yourself. You can just keep living, no matter how unpleasant, and wait ages for an accident or entropy to take you. Or, you can shed your humanity, of which your solution is an example.
It's not the concept of immortality so much as the mentality behind it that bothers me. If folks supported it as part of some half-baked neofascist human-chauvinist power program, I could respect their ideas, crazy as they are. But most supporters are just nerds who erroneously believe they personally
are valuable enough to live indefinitely, and that given an unbounded amount of time, they could make good on all their shortcomings. Egregiously selfish thinking. Among those who are 100% convinced immortality will soon be possible, it's even worse, like a delayed delusion of grandeur. "I wanna live forever!"
becomes "I'm gonna live forever!"
This is just one corner of the modern rebellion against nature. Nature has a way of smacking you the fuck back down to your lowly station, which is why I'm unconvinced immortality will be developed at all, but also why I think it's not even a good idea. People need to learn some humility.
And we know this because of all those people who lived forever already and went totally cray cray.
Most elderly people DGAF about mortality. There's never been selective pressure on people to enjoy living indefinitely, so why would we be capable of it without 'assistance'? Anyway, bringing up YUO CANT KNOW!!!
in a discussion on hypothetical technology is daft.