When we can live to be 200 years old

Stem Cells Could Extend Human Life by Over 100 Years
Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/27-science-fictions-that-became-science-facts-in-2

Imagine living to be 200. Does the thought excite? How many wouldn’t opt for this extension of existence? But what would be the downside, such as possible economic and environmental impacts? Would it be good or bad for our society? If the technology might be here soon, shouldn’t we prepare for the possibility? What actions would we need to take? How should we prepare?

If we lived to be 200:
• We wouldn’t get Social Security benefits until we were about 185. Until then, Social Security would be saved.
• We would need to seriously curb child birth or the human population would overtake and consume the earth. It’s already an issue as it is.
• Imagine everything we could learn and experience. Someone 200 years old today would have lived through the Civil War as an adult.
• We would be more accountable for our actions. No leaving our children behind with a big mess they would solely have to deal with such as enormous deficits and destroyed forests, we would live to see just about every consequence of every action.
• Imagine someone 150 years old still living with their parents.
• Imagine a bucket list looking like a telephone directory.
• Imagine the stories someone 200 years old could tell
• Our movies, music and culture would be extended, not forgotten so quickly.
• If we learn by our mistakes, certainly people over 100 would make fewer of them.
• Would our society become more mellow, peaceful and wise?

The prospects for our human race are exciting to say the least.

“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” -- Benjamin Franklin

James Kirk Wall

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