When no one needs to die anymore, we will get everyone killed
Decades ago, I wrote an inspirational book on the possibility of physical immortality. I never published it because I was sure this was too far out.
Yet the Jewish Tradition predicts and promises that in the end (pardon the pun), G^d will slaughter the Angel of Death. Death no more. Judaism does not command us to die, even not if we have a family tradition to do so.
Meanwhile, medical scientists started to end the most common causes of death, then they’ll move to heal rarer illnesses, and then they’ll finish with ending the hardest cases. Then they’ll try to stop and reverse aging.
If it’s up to physicians, we won’t get sick anymore, when wounded or dead, they’ll repair or recover us, and we’ll be mentally and physically fit forever. There is now even a prediction that death will be outmoded by 2045.
Burial is free in Israel for all living here. Yet many have paid and reserved family plots. Would we get our money back when we won’t need them?
Yet, what value has immortality if we’d die in enormous numbers from climate change, massive wars, crime, starvation, and prescription drugs?
It used to be that people smoked, drank alcohol, voluntarily ate junk food, did not end world hunger, murdered for fun or money, enabled wars, and ignored climate change ‘since we’re all going to die anyway, eventually.’
That should all change with a chance that we all might stay alive after all.
But will we? Human record doesn’t make optimistic. It’d be extra bitter if humanity would succumb to passive ‘suicide’ after becoming ‘immortal.’
When we listen to ‘experts,’ we must ask ourselves what’s their expertise. Once, a Nobel Prize winner promoted junk medical science. Being smart is insufficient. Today, high-level executives at Google and Microsoft warned that “the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.” 1. As I wrote before, Artificial Intelligence is neither. 2. We can’t die out from viruses since they never kill everyone. And even if they would, they won’t get to every person. 3. The dangers of extinction are atomic war and climate change.
In unrelated apocalyptic health news: the news that absorbing radioactive metals soon may be preventable is hazardous, not hopeful. It reduces the threshold to start a global nuclear war. Comparable to why physicians resist the idea of adding vitamins to alcoholic beverages alcoholics lack the most. This is to prevent claims that drinking alcohol would be healthy.
Let’s close off with some hopeful reporting about feeding humanity.