Daniel Halliday
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Will a longevity revolution have a positive or negative impact on humanity?

The investment world is becoming increasingly excited about breakthroughs in longevity science and billions have already been invested in biotechnology and pharmaceutical laboratories that are trying to minimise the impact of ageing. Clinical trials are already going ahead using stem cells to cure age related disease such as Parkinson’s disease, and senolytic drugs (that kill senescent cells that damage and age the body) are likewise under development. While these therapies may help combat age related diseases, some scientists and investors are speculating that this field is on the verge of a life-span breakthrough that could see most people living well beyond 100. But how would the world cope with such a big change in demographics and population? Will longevity medicine/drugs be detrimental to society? Or will societies benefit from people living longer? Can society handle an anti-ageing breakthrough? medium.com/neodotlife/juvenescence-jim-mellon-longevity-e9a415dd0569 sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190107112944.htm internationalstemcell.com/2017/12/29/clinical-results-for-parkinsons-disease-stem-cell-clinical-trial theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/10/what-happens-when-we-all-live-to-100/379338
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A negative impact in the world’s current state

The prospect of lifespan-increasing medicine making populations live well beyond a century would be terrible considering the widespread inequality and the lack of adequate healthcare in the world. A development such as this could give rise to a new health crisis, as so many people are too poor to afford basic healthcare such as rehydration therapy that makes diarrhea non-lethal. This would lead to a two tier experience of life as life-span enhancing drugs take inequality to a new level, with the richest being able to afford more of a life. That’s not to mention the fact that it will worsen pension issues and aging population problems that face many societies currently; increasing taxation demands, slowing economic growth, and fueling labour shortages and economic inequality, making this technology in the current climate quite dangerous to the majority.

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