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Technology Has Its Ties to Politics

We are all aware of the fast pace at which technology moves. During one’s lifetime we can name several technological changes at different points in our lives. At least every five years, if not closer, there are very notable changes in technology which help us to keep our personal time lines in order. Technology is probably the third most referenced subject when trying to recall a time or an event; right after music and movies. How many times have you said, “The time that I did…. was when…. (technological reference)”, associating memories in your life with the technology of that same time? Many of us do. Just as it is easy to recall a song or movie you so enjoyed, it is just as easy to recall a change in technology.

Technology enables and actually even promotes changes in every aspect of our lives. Through the years technology has changed what and how we eat by way of the microwave, how and where we work by way of the internet, how we educate our children, how we appreciate music, how we are entertained, how much free time we have, and even how we keep in touch with friends and family. (You gotta love those social arenas like facebook!) Sometimes these changes can be quite difficult and even expensive to keep up with for those who even try. Either way, these changes have definitely been noticeable.

However, are we just as aware of the changes in politics throughout the years? Though the political game may not change as quickly as the pace of change in the technological game; there are definitely some notable changes in each one’s lifetime as far as the political area as well. Have you noticed any changes in the way politics are handled during your time? Changes in campaigning, fund raising and so forth? You don’t really have to look hard to find them. If you concern yourself with political history at all, I’m sure you could list a few.

Though many people notice the quick advance of technology throughout the years, many may not notice how technological advances have tied into changes in the way politics have been run. Much like every other area in life, technology has enabled or even promoted advances in politics too. The most noticeable changes occurred during our most recent Presidential campaign no doubt, Obama vs. McCain. Can you name some of the dramatic advances in campaigning during this time? There were many to choose from. The 2008 campaign year absolutely stepped up the political game and no doubt changed the way politics will be run forever. Still, I’m sure there will be more advances yet to come as technology continues to develop.

Long Life Technologies – Living Forever and Birth Spacing Requirements

The other day, we are having a conversation at our think tank about the future of human longevity. You see, there are a number of people working with Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Institute and it appears that many technologies are coming together rapidly which may actually help us find a cure for something very important; old age. Interestingly enough as modern medicine works to solve problems with diseases, viruses, and genetic health issues, these Kurzweil is working on something which is actually more important.

You see, anyone who has ever lived has died, most of them died of old age, although some had died in wars, car accidents, natural disasters, and from diseases. Old-age kills everyone eventually that is if they make it to the ripe old age without having an accident or some other life tragedy or catastrophe. Now then, let’s say we solve the problem of old age, and what if people could live to be 150 years old, or 250 years, or maybe 600.

If they could live that long surely by then our technology would be so advanced they could live forever. Or maybe they would terminate their life experience in the organic form in a different way; death by robot. This would be where the organic parts are replaced with robotic parts until eventually you don’t have any organic parts left. Yes, this was a futuristic conversation at our think tank, but you get the idea.

Now then, that presents another problem. What about overpopulation of Earth? If everyone lived forever, and they all had offspring, then all of their offspring and everyone who has ever lived in the past would still be living today. Interestingly enough if everyone who has ever lived was still living today, that would more than double today’s population. Now then if you are concerned with the overpopulation issue, perhaps you might want to read this book;

“Humans: An Endangered Species – The Only Solution” by Jason G. Brent, Self-Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2012, 121 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9854129-6.

In the book, the author discusses some of the challenges with increased longevity. How might we solve that if people did live for hundreds of years? We would have to come up with some sort of rule for birth spacing. In other words each person would be allowed to either have a clone, or only one person per couple to ensure that we didn’t run away with overpopulation on Earth’s resources. To do this properly the birth spacing would be critical.

In other words it would be okay to practice making babies, but you wouldn’t want to make very many. Perhaps you wouldn’t be allowed to have a child until you were 100 years old, seeing as you probably live to be 500. Anyway this is an interesting philosophical conundrum to discuss as mankind has yet to get to this problem, much less consider how to solve it. Please consider all this and think on it.