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(Slate)   Hate your spouse? No? Aw, that's sweet. You're a couple of lovebirds. Now, imagine a future where you both live to be 150 years old. Ready to kill yourself yet?   (slate.com) divider line 153
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2013-10-22 01:02:16 AM

Gunther: namatad: but would your wife be perfectly ok with you? are you certain?
the number of people that I know in unhappy marriages is legion.

It's at least as absurd for you to believe that every marriage is unhappy as it would be for someone else to believe that every marriage is happy.


Yeah, this.

I've never understood why people instinctively look down on marriage/child-rearing. I'm not sure I'll ever be married, and I don't ever plan to have kids, but this is entirely due to a serious realization of my own personal failings rather than any misguided sense of superiority.
 
2013-10-22 01:07:38 AM

Spork's N Knives: I'd go back to college and take every single class that tickled my fancy and go to a LOT more concerts! I'd also buy and restore that '64 1/2 Mustang I always wanted and learn to play bass guitar. And books! I'd buy soooooo many more books!


You sound old enough to do those things now, without worrying too much about money, kids, etc. What's stopping you?
 
2013-10-22 01:11:05 AM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen. But as I lay there, the world didn't sound like the place I had left, but something different.
[rock music begins]

Better. It became worthwhile to rise again as new gods were born and worshipped. Night and day, they were never alone. I would become one of them.
[feeds]

Whether it was that first meal, or a hundred years of rest, I'm not sure. But suddenly I was feeling better than ever. My senses so high they led me straight to the instrument of my resurrection, playing in my old house.


That movie is so much better than people give it credit for.

But then again, the main hobby my wife and I indulge in is LARPing vampire. It's how we met.

And we could leave that movie on repeat all day night just for background noise while doing whatever else.
 
2013-10-22 01:20:38 AM

Praying for the end of time


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2013-10-22 01:26:32 AM
Possibly if all other diseases are off the table. If not fark that. Getting old doed not look fun.
 
2013-10-22 01:28:50 AM
I've been trying to divorce my present wife since 1984.

So don't even get me started.
 
2013-10-22 01:29:08 AM

Infernalist: I imagine by the time that we reach a future where the average lifespan reaches 150, we'll have adapted our society to fit.


One would hope.

Imagine if you will [cue Twilight Zone music] someone who had been born in 1850 and was still alive today. Now look at the changes that person has had to go through, adapt to, accept and adjust to. Social mores, dress, lifestyle, housing, language, politics....if you're not a completely flexible and adaptable person, just the environmental changes would drive you mad over the course of your long life. Hell, in my aged grandmother's life (she's 98) we've gone from most people still traveling by horse and train, and using kerosene, to jet travel and the Internet. Not everyone can tolerate that kind of change.

It's not a question of "would you want to" live to be 150, or even if you could afford it, it's whether psychologically you could endure the massive alterations you'd experience. Look at all the people anxious to revert to a pre-1950's idyll, and imagine them forced to live a century and a half.
 
2013-10-22 01:32:03 AM

whistleridge: Wow.

What a grimly biatchy, narrow-minded, and unappealing future. Men are gold-digging non-providers who ditch women for younger models, and women are breadwinners who still join the bitter ex-wives club before couging out and proclaiming their independence from the paradigm of love.

Why do I feel like this "article" is more about the author projecting her current emotional crises than it is about projecting a plausible future?


I was thinking of a comment, you hit pretty close to what I wanted to say.

Men are useless
Marriage is a myth
Women after 30 can only be single and play bingo
Men can only remarry younger women as men have no substance
 
2013-10-22 01:32:17 AM
The basic premise is that nothing will change except people will live longer after their first divorce. Big farking whoop.

Those sweet, old couples that stay married 50+ years and then die would still stay together and then die. Those couples which stay together for the kids would still stay together for the kids and then divorce. Lonely old divorcees would still be lonely old divorcees. The only difference is that the last stage lasts longer.
 
2013-10-22 01:33:39 AM

Spork's N Knives: Well I've been married for 34 years, and if I knew I'd be in for another 97 years, I don't think I could do it. I mean, I do love my husband, you don't stay married to someone for 34 years if you don't. He's a good man, sometimes too good. But it seems like his biggest wish is to be even more of a hermit than he has been all his life and football and movies is about as adventurous as he goes unless I push him.
I've gotten used to going out and doing things without him because I refuse to spend the rest of my life just sitting in front of a 72 inch TV screen. I have time to pursue things I put off because I had kids to raise and worked full-time too and I am not ready for a rocking chair built for two.
I'd go back to college and take every single class that tickled my fancy and go to a LOT more concerts! I'd also buy and restore that '64 1/2 Mustang I always wanted and learn to play bass guitar. And books! I'd buy soooooo many more books!
Boring is deadly, to the heart, to the soul and to a marriage.


You don't need 97 years to learn to play bass guitar... More like, maybe an hour or two.

/bassist
 
2013-10-22 01:38:27 AM

optional: Gunther: namatad: but would your wife be perfectly ok with you? are you certain?
the number of people that I know in unhappy marriages is legion.

It's at least as absurd for you to believe that every marriage is unhappy as it would be for someone else to believe that every marriage is happy.

Yeah, this.

I've never understood why people instinctively look down on marriage/child-rearing. I'm not sure I'll ever be married, and I don't ever plan to have kids, but this is entirely due to a serious realization of my own personal failings rather than any misguided sense of superiority.


Wow, I respect what you said. If more people just said "No I'm not cut out for this" and not giving into society's pressure and dogma, society would be better off.
 
2013-10-22 01:39:18 AM

mjjt: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: 150? I don't even plan on being 75....

Funny thing: all 74 year olds have changed their mind on that one


Heh. No shiat. I must admit at 48 that I'm not too old to remember when I thought this age was impossibly old and probably no fun. I'm not sure how to put this but I feel like I've stayed the same age in my brain the whole time. I know a lot more shiat than I did 25 years ago, but my brain feels the same. And I'm happy to report 50 year chicks can certainly be hot. I thought about that thirty years ago and concluded the opposite but it's really good to find out I was just a young idiot that didn't know any better.
 
2013-10-22 01:40:09 AM

justalittledonedout: Possibly if all other diseases are off the table. If not fark that. Getting old doed not look fun.


No, it doedn't.
 
2013-10-22 01:42:11 AM

Danger Avoid Death: justalittledonedout: Possibly if all other diseases are off the table. If not fark that. Getting old doed not look fun.

No, it doedn't.


Niiiice.
 
2013-10-22 01:45:25 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Infernalist: I imagine by the time that we reach a future where the average lifespan reaches 150, we'll have adapted our society to fit.

Yeah, judging by how we've used our resources so far, probably by increasing the work week, reducing salaries and increasing the retirement age...

meat0918: Or, you might think a little more long term about everything, fundamentally changing how humanity looks at resource usage, keeping offspring lower, etc.

But to be honest, we can't go super longevity until we reliably and safely establish off planet colonies.

Too bad that won't ever happen, eh? Looks like we'll have to adapt right here.

See, if we had magic technology that would allow humans to live on dead rocks... we can use it right here!

The paradox of the techno-space utopian.



Where do the new people that get born live, now that the old people won't be dying off?  What's your eugenics plan?
 
2013-10-22 01:45:51 AM
Larry Niven, the scifi author, addressed this very same issue years ago in his books and came to essentially the same conclusions.

He also coined the word 'organ-legging' for killing or bribing people into giving up transplantable body parts. In his version, criminals were harvested for organs and the rejection factor had been overcome. However, he predicted that if this happened, you'd suddenly find something as simple as a traffic ticket warranting a death sentence and the years of appeals we currently have would be reduced dramatically.

Not having ever married, I can't fully say if one could remain with the same spouse for 60 - 70 years. Especially if you were able to retard the aging process so your age would freeze -- mainly in appearances -- at say, 35. Once you pass 60 and you've been married 25 years or so, I'd say you start to depend on your spouse for support because your body is starting to change and not for the good.

Decades ago, I used to know elderly couples who seemed to hate each other. They seemed to squabble and fight all of the time, yet let one fall seriously ill and the older almost went insane with worry until the sick one got better.

I noticed also that couples in their late 60s started looking like each other.

When you fall in love, the surge of emotions are wild and intoxicating. Obsessive, actually. They're wonderful -- so long as they are reciprocated. You begin and end in the other person's glow. You see your beloved through rose colored glasses.

Marry and have kids and the rose colored glasses change to clear as you assume the responsibility of being everything to a growing, helpless child. The romance starts to fade. You don't bring her flowers on impulse anymore and she has developed an affinity for Mom Jeans.

I would think that, after a certain amount of time, especially after the kids have grown and moved on, that couples would get tired of each other, wanting to recapture the wonderful feelings of being wildly in love again.

I can't say for sure, because I also have a dim view of people in general. Some are so absolutely stupid and selfish that I question their right to live and breed. I've known couples who have broken up for various reasons and very few seem to have agreeable divorces.

Back when the Jettson's came out, things were different and few people considered the sociological changes that could and would come. I knew folks where the husband earned all the money, took care of all the bills and gave the 'little woman' a household allowance. Everything would have been legally under his name.

I also knew that the husband could repeatedly beat his wife and kids half to death with near impunity. As the husband, he had the right. Many a kid went to school with welts on his arse and back from being beat with a belt or switch and the schools thought nothing of it.

We've changed extraordinarily over the millions of years we've been around and huge changes have been made in my lifetime concerning society. I expect there will be more to come and not all will be good.

Multiple marriages just might become the norm or else just personal contracts, made out for a number of years.

Now, I have heard of folks who have been madly in love with each other for decades, right up until their deaths, but they're not that common. I've known one spouse to die and, within a few days or weeks, the other, who had been healthy, also just dies.

Some folks seem to be able to make lifetime marriages work.
 
2013-10-22 01:46:40 AM
Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?
 
2013-10-22 01:52:05 AM

Gyrfalcon: Infernalist: I imagine by the time that we reach a future where the average lifespan reaches 150, we'll have adapted our society to fit.

One would hope.

Imagine if you will [cue Twilight Zone music] someone who had been born in 1850 and was still alive today. Now look at the changes that person has had to go through, adapt to, accept and adjust to. Social mores, dress, lifestyle, housing, language, politics....if you're not a completely flexible and adaptable person, just the environmental changes would drive you mad over the course of your long life. Hell, in my aged grandmother's life (she's 98) we've gone from most people still traveling by horse and train, and using kerosene, to jet travel and the Internet. Not everyone can tolerate that kind of change.

It's not a question of "would you want to" live to be 150, or even if you could afford it, it's whether psychologically you could endure the massive alterations you'd experience. Look at all the people anxious to revert to a pre-1950's idyll, and imagine them forced to live a century and a half.


Just think of how much game you'll have with the high school chicks.

Or think of Twilight.  That dude is like 120 years old, but he's totally still into high school chicks, which is completely creepy.
 
2013-10-22 01:52:13 AM

NobleHam: The basic premise is that nothing will change except people will live longer after their first divorce. Big farking whoop.

Those sweet, old couples that stay married 50+ years and then die would still stay together and then die. Those couples which stay together for the kids would still stay together for the kids and then divorce. Lonely old divorcees would still be lonely old divorcees. The only difference is that the last stage lasts longer.


Yeah maybe, or they just might like the person. I've never been "in love" with my husband but I love him, think his humor, ethics and empathy are awesome. He puts up with my shiat and baggage. I just like the guy. I like hanging out. Talking trash, doing stupid things and raising our turdmonkies is a riot.
 
2013-10-22 01:53:56 AM

sleeps in trees: optional: Gunther: namatad: but would your wife be perfectly ok with you? are you certain?
the number of people that I know in unhappy marriages is legion.

It's at least as absurd for you to believe that every marriage is unhappy as it would be for someone else to believe that every marriage is happy.

Yeah, this.

I've never understood why people instinctively look down on marriage/child-rearing. I'm not sure I'll ever be married, and I don't ever plan to have kids, but this is entirely due to a serious realization of my own personal failings rather than any misguided sense of superiority.

Wow, I respect what you said. If more people just said "No I'm not cut out for this" and not giving into society's pressure and dogma, society would be better off.


Well, the danger with that is people won't try to better themselves and simply take the easy way out (and that's exactly what this is). I am trying to better myself, but I really do think I'm fundamentally just too selfish to be a good father. I know that your heart is supposed to melt the moment you see your infant child, but a lot of things that were sure to make me feel warm and fuzzy had no emotional effect at all.

Also, I know that there are parents out there who never really wanted their children, and resent their kids for it. I see no reason to inflict that kind of attitude on anyone (and I'm a pretty resentful asshole).
 
2013-10-22 01:55:25 AM

JonBuck: Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?



Yep.  Ideally, you'd extend the middle part of life, not the end.  Which would possibly extend fertility from a 40 year period to an 80 year period, which would cause a horrendous population problem.

More people, living longer, making more people, living longer, etc.  Where do they live?
 
2013-10-22 01:58:50 AM

jaylectricity: drunk


Hmm..which came first?
 
2013-10-22 02:06:32 AM
As long as life stages scale along with the lifespan.  Extend my 30s-50s to 30s-130s, I'm okay with that.  Extend my life so that the last 80 years is "shiatting myself, eating tapioca, yelling at clouds, and forgetting the name of the nurse who comes by the nursing home to roll me over to avoid bedsores", I'll be eating a bullet at 75.
 
2013-10-22 02:08:21 AM

JonBuck: Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?


So one day, if I live that long, I might be saying, "So I'm dating this woman and she's 130, but she's got the body of a 110-year-old." I cringe.
 
2013-10-22 02:08:49 AM
Here's a secret, guys. Those "lonely" old women you hear about? They're actually just fine without your tender attentions.  I chatted with one old lady, asking if she was interested in dating after widowhood. She gave a rather amusing description of "the scrotum...it gets longer and longer... " with the accompanying hand gesture.
 
2013-10-22 02:08:50 AM

meat0918: sendtodave: meat0918: Or, you might think a little more long term about everything, fundamentally changing how humanity looks at resource usage, keeping offspring lower, etc.

But to be honest, we can't go super longevity until we reliably and safely establish off planet colonies.

Will they offer me a chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure?

They'll actually be shooting you into the sun.


Sounds like a Disaster Area!
 
2013-10-22 02:11:08 AM

noitsnot: JonBuck: Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?


Yep.  Ideally, you'd extend the middle part of life, not the end.  Which would possibly extend fertility from a 40 year period to an 80 year period, which would cause a horrendous population problem.

More people, living longer, making more people, living longer, etc.  Where do they live?


Miami.
 
2013-10-22 02:13:54 AM
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i figure more because of physical inability and pain; human contact would be a tally mark on the stay alive side
 
2013-10-22 02:17:05 AM
And the idea of being 150 years old with the woman I love sounds amazing. We are (at 40) building new careers and intend to (almost literally) destroy all the youngers with their 'newfangled' ideas of what's next...we grew up with Alice Cooper. Blondie. GG Allin. The Plasmatics. Shock only appeals to us if there is a brain behind it (which there usually is not). Can we make money off them? Great. Will we have them party at our house with our kids? OH FARK NO. Look, if my grandkids find my copy of Whitehouse or my greasy bullet belt 50 years from now, great. I'm not in it for my kids, except to feed, train, and show them that the world ain't their hometown. Other than that, show them that the powerful are either born into it or grab it, and they have to make the decision if it's worth it to be a type-a mofo. Me? If they are anarchists or vegans or ANYTHING...I just hope that they are more than a set of prescribed values. I hope in 150 years (!!!) we can get past the kid/parent thing and keep conversing and growing...and that they will pay for dinner.
 
2013-10-22 02:47:36 AM
Just wait until nano-technology infuses your body with an army of microscopic robots that not only automatically repair any damage to your body but will modify it as need be. Want to go deep sea diving? No problem we'll just whip you up a set of gills and a body that can withstand the pressures at 700 feet. Oh no shark! We'll when we sense the pressure points of the bites we'll create armour in those areas to protect you. Now just sit back and enjoy the ride until he gets tired of chomping on you and realizes you're inedible.

Now that would be a cool future. Every hundred years or so when you get sick of your physical appearance you can just program yourself a new one. Given thousands of years of life and an ever expanding exploration of the universe who even knows if there would be anyone left who even bothers looking like anything we once called human.
 
2013-10-22 02:48:04 AM
The problem with science fiction has always been that people tend to imagine the future society as more or less as the present but with more robots and flying cars.

The nuclear family is built around a timetable: Get married, get kids, make career, raise kids, send kids to college and watch the start their own nuclear family, retire, enjoy 20 years retirement, die.

If people start living much longer this timetable doesn't make sense, and we are going to see very different social structures.
 
2013-10-22 02:52:46 AM

Ghastly: Every hundred years or so when you get sick of your physical appearance you can just program yourself a new one.


Great. It takes a woman 3 hours to pick out an outfit to go out to dinner. How long is this gonna take?
 
2013-10-22 03:28:58 AM

ultramarinblaa: The problem with science fiction has always been that people tend to imagine the future society as more or less as the present but with more robots and flying cars.

The nuclear family is built around a timetable: Get married, get kids, make career, raise kids, send kids to college and watch the start their own nuclear family, retire, enjoy 20 years retirement, die.

If people start living much longer this timetable doesn't make sense, and we are going to see very different social structures.


Take out the "20 years" and nothing in that list really fails to make sense whether people are living to 80 or 180. Maybe people would extend their education, have kids later, work longer, do more after retirement. I'm not saying we definitely *wouldn't* see "very different social structures" instead of a simple stretch in the timetable (which is already happening), just that it seems to me that they aren't required.

/would happily stick around for another century or two, so...make it happen, Science
 
2013-10-22 03:32:48 AM
This article is ridiculously stupid.

As for Emily and Sarah: Likely as not they are the breadwinners in their households, given that even now, 40 percent of mothers are the primary earners in their households, a trend that shows no signs of abating.  In scenario G, Sarah and Emily by 2030 are the ones who go off to Spacely Space Sprockets every morning and leave a male partner-husband, boyfriend, cohabitant-in charge of the dog and the kids.

So, because 40% of mothers are the primary breadwinner, both of them are breadwinners?  When does 1+1=60?  Well done, Slate.
 
2013-10-22 03:36:25 AM

rocky_howard: It's not that "we think", it's that most men would take a younger version, because why not? What's next? Forcing men to court grannies?


Another point - part of it would be female's acceptance level for older partners.  On average 'trophy wives' only accrue to those with the resources to attract them despite their age.  Not everybody gets them.

As for the article itself, I can't help but consider my own family tree and figure that we're already mostly there.  The 'traditional'* nuclear family is already mostly gone, if it wasn't a mostly a myth** in the first place.

One of my ideas ties into the current fact that the children of younger women(and men) tend to be smarter with less defects than the children of older women.  The theory is that at some point the system of delaying pregnancy and birth reaches a critical point and we flip to a system where young adults have the kids(and by young I'm thinking 15-25), and the grandparents who are now financially established(30-50) takes care of the kids.  With expected lifespans well over 100, they have more time to raise the kids than our ancestors did raising their own.

*In quotes because it was only really 'normal' for about 2-3 generations after WWII.
**My immediate family was nuclear, but we were pretty much the only ones in our extended family...
 
2013-10-22 03:51:17 AM
No...because my spouse is super-awesome.
 
2013-10-22 04:19:21 AM
Am I the only one that wouldn't have a problem with this?

/lucky me... an actual happy marriage.
 
2013-10-22 05:26:50 AM
There was a time when most marriages were arranged, and this time has very little to recommend it. The trannsition to a setup where marriage was the decision of the people being married has been almost completely worthwhile. But they did understand one thing that we have forgotten: love is not something that just happens to people. It has to be deliberately cultivated, then carefully maintained, and sometimes even completely rebuilt, and if you don't do this, it dies.

In a society where we live to 150 or even longer, this will only become more important to rediscover. Unfortunately, resistance to the idea will probably also become stronger, and people will only become more miserable, and relationships less stable, for that,
 
2013-10-22 06:49:11 AM

simplicimus: Probably a future of term-limited marriage contracts and breeding permits, ala Larry Niven.


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2013-10-22 07:07:22 AM

DamnYankees: I know its rather unironic to say so, but I love my wife more than anything in the world. An extra 60 years would be fine with me.


This. I don't mean to sound smug, but I never understood the crowd of people badmouthing marriage. If you're unhappy and it's turned into some sort of asexual cohabitation that doesn't bring you any happiness, get divorced. Or you shouldn't have married in the first place. I've only been married 7 years (this month) but its flown by and I'm even more convinced it was the best thing I ever did.
 
2013-10-22 07:19:00 AM

WinoRhino: DamnYankees: I know its rather unironic to say so, but I love my wife more than anything in the world. An extra 60 years would be fine with me.

This. I don't mean to sound smug, but I never understood the crowd of people badmouthing marriage. If you're unhappy and it's turned into some sort of asexual cohabitation that doesn't bring you any happiness, get divorced. Or you shouldn't have married in the first place. I've only been married 7 years (this month) but its flown by and I'm even more convinced it was the best thing I ever did.


Nor I. I was 40 when I met my husband and spent a lot of years alone - and lonesome - prior. Maybe it's just good fortune, but he's made my life a very happy and very funny one. I can't imagine not wanting to spend 100 years with him.

Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs.
 
2013-10-22 08:32:22 AM

Candygram4Mongo: Actually, I'm kind of okay with this...


Something to be OK with then: Centenarian cougars.
 
KIA
2013-10-22 08:36:10 AM
People continually miss the point of advanced medical tech. The idea is you would be healthy and fit for extended periods of time, no different than, say, your 20's. There is no reason to retire. There is no reason not to have sex because reproduction control is part of advanced health tech, as is venereal health. Essentially, humans may truly mature and have relations for the right reasons and stay with them as long or short a time as the relationship stays good.

It is a beautiful dream, but one I wouldn't mind living for a few millenia.
 
2013-10-22 09:32:48 AM
Kill yourself?  You got that part wrong.

Like my father said on his 40th wedding anniversary:  "If I'd just killed her instead of marrying her, I'd be a free man right now."
 
2013-10-22 09:55:10 AM

Endive Wombat: If we can live to 150, perhaps there wont be such a rush to hurry through school, standardized testing, college, finding a career, getting married, having kids, buying a house, etc....


It would absolutely depend on when women would still hit menopause in her 40's/50's. Even if we are able to delay menopause, we'd have to consider the health of later pregnancies as well.

I wouldn't be surprised if couples became swingers/open-marriages after the fertility is gone and the kids are raised. Marriage would be more of an economic partnership rather than a pretty princess happy ending crap-show (like it should be).
 
2013-10-22 10:04:16 AM

KIA: People continually miss the point of advanced medical tech. The idea is you would be healthy and fit for extended periods of time, no different than, say, your 20's. There is no reason to retire. There is no reason not to have sex because reproduction control is part of advanced health tech, as is venereal health. Essentially, humans may truly mature and have relations for the right reasons and stay with them as long or short a time as the relationship stays good.

It is a beautiful dream, but one I wouldn't mind living for a few millenia.


This. QFT.
 
2013-10-22 11:16:25 AM
admittedly I'm only 11 years in, but challengeaccepted.jpg

I think we could do it. I'd love to try.
 
2013-10-22 11:29:24 AM
namatad:
Varley and Heinlein writing about relationships and sexual identity are legendary.

After reading and enjoying Heinlein, even teenage me wasn't able to take his projections about sex very seriously.  He had such an obvious "tee hee" attitude sometimes, no matter how good his ideas were.

Ghastly:
Just wait until nano-technology infuses your body with an army of microscopic robots that not only automatically repair any damage to your body but will modify it as need be. Want to go deep sea diving? No problem we'll just whip you up a set of gills and a body that can withstand the pressures at 700 feet. Oh no shark! We'll when we sense the pressure points of the bites we'll create armour in those areas to protect you. Now just sit back and enjoy the ride until he gets tired of chomping on you and realizes you're inedible.

Now that would be a cool future. Every hundred years or so when you get sick of your physical appearance you can just program yourself a new one. Given thousands of years of life and an ever expanding exploration of the universe who even knows if there would be anyone left who even bothers looking like anything we once called human.
TENTACLE DICKS EVERYWHERE

No shame, G, we know what you're really thinking ;)
 
2013-10-22 02:52:46 PM

JonBuck: Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?


Depends on how much help and service and advice you could give to others, especially younger people, with your experience.
 
2013-10-22 05:35:25 PM

ISO15693: JonBuck: Living that long would only be worthwhile if your body stayed youthful into your 130s. What's the point of living to 150 if you spend 80 years in a wheelchair?

Depends on how much help and service and advice you could give to others, especially younger people, with your experience.


Advice from old people - that's something young people can't get enough of!
 
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