In my last two posts, I have replied to the overpopulation objection to radical life extension, the most common objection to those of us who want to defeat death. While my defense of indefinite lifespans has so far centered around moral concerns, the computer scientist Alexandre Maurer has recently offered mathematical reasons to doubt the whole … Continue reading Overpopulation and Living Forever – Part 3
[I apologize to my readers. I discovered a few days after publication that this essay is virtually identical to my previous post. I would take it down but I would then lose the reader comments .]
[This column is dedicated to my mother, Mary Jane Hurley Messerly (1919-2005).] I have been engaged in a dialogue with a scientist who is doing anti-aging research.
(Originally published at 3 Quarks Daily. Reprinted by permission.) by Charlie Huenemann What would it be for life to have a “meaning”? What does it mean when people say life is meaningful? I’m not sure, so let’s start with smaller, more obviously meaningful things. Better yet, let’s start with some meaningless things.
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence Here is a reply from a computer scientist to my recent post about Ray Kurzweil‘s book. My brief reply is at the bottom. There is a limit to computer intelligence arising from its database. Human beings require at least 18 years of experiences in order … Continue reading What Computers Will Never Do