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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 42
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2013-10-21 09:56:37 PM
4 votes:
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.
2013-10-21 09:07:14 PM
4 votes:
Longevity would suck.   Your money will run out, unless you work until age 100 or more.  The idea of working to age 100 is enough to make me want things to be like they are.

Then, let's assume that while lives may be extended, it's doubtful that sexuality and libido would be doubled.  So, let's say that menopause gets delayed until age 70, and people stop having sex at age 80 or 90.   That's another 80 or 90 years, not getting laid.

And driving.  Even if we live to be 170, do you trust a 110 year old person to drive?
2013-10-21 08:43:31 PM
3 votes:
Probably a future of term-limited marriage contracts and breeding permits, ala Larry Niven.
2013-10-22 02:47:36 AM
2 votes:
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 01:29:08 AM
2 votes:

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 01:01:46 AM
2 votes:
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.
2013-10-21 11:36:55 PM
2 votes:
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?
2013-10-21 11:29:35 PM
2 votes:
That lady is the only reason I haven't swallowed a bullet already, subby.

Still though...150 years...I'd hate to think of her suffering through my bullshiat for that long.
2013-10-21 11:16:10 PM
2 votes:

Mr. Eugenides: What does Hallmark suggest for the 125th anniversary?


depends
2013-10-21 11:14:55 PM
2 votes:

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


Niven, Varley, Heinlein, Asimov, LeGuin, pretty much every SF author has taken stabs at this.
GUESS WHAT?!
The future is different!!

Varley and Heinlein writing about relationships and sexual identity are legendary.

If you could switch to the other gender and back, with 100% functionality, would you?
Would you after being one for 100 years? 500 years? 5000 years?

At some point you would get bored to death of what you have and want ANYTHING NEW!
2013-10-21 11:06:15 PM
2 votes:
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....
2013-10-21 10:21:21 PM
2 votes:
Most people still wouldn't be able to retire.............

/don't want to live that long
//and work that long
2013-10-21 09:21:25 PM
2 votes:
So how about voluntary suicide? The gov't pays out the present value of your Social Security payments to your kids and everyone's a winner.
2013-10-21 08:11:37 PM
2 votes:
I might need that long for my 401K to mature.
2013-10-22 11:16:25 AM
1 votes:
admittedly I'm only 11 years in, but challengeaccepted.jpg

I think we could do it. I'd love to try.
2013-10-22 10:04:16 AM
1 votes:

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 07:19:00 AM
1 votes:

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 06:49:11 AM
1 votes:

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


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2013-10-22 04:19:21 AM
1 votes:
Am I the only one that wouldn't have a problem with this?

/lucky me... an actual happy marriage.
2013-10-22 03:28:58 AM
1 votes:

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 02:48:04 AM
1 votes:
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 02:17:05 AM
1 votes:
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 02:08:49 AM
1 votes:
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 02:06:32 AM
1 votes:
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 01:46:40 AM
1 votes:
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 01:42:11 AM
1 votes:

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 01:39:18 AM
1 votes:

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 01:26:32 AM
1 votes:
Possibly if all other diseases are off the table. If not fark that. Getting old doed not look fun.
2013-10-22 01:20:38 AM
1 votes:

Praying for the end of time


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2013-10-22 01:01:28 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-10-22 12:49:50 AM
1 votes:

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

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


"Who wants to live to be 100? Someone who's 99." -- Bob Hope, before his 100th birthday.

"I'm so old, they cancelled my blood type." -- Bob Hope, after his 100th birthday.
2013-10-22 12:37:49 AM
1 votes:

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


Funny thing: all 74 year olds have changed their mind on that one
2013-10-22 12:35:00 AM
1 votes:

Earguy: Longevity would suck.   Your money will run out, unless you work until age 100 or more.  The idea of working to age 100 is enough to make me want things to be like they are.

Then, let's assume that while lives may be extended, it's doubtful that sexuality and libido would be doubled.  So, let's say that menopause gets delayed until age 70, and people stop having sex at age 80 or 90.   That's another 80 or 90 years, not getting laid.

And driving.  Even if we live to be 170, do you trust a 110 year old person to drive?


I'm hoping that reaching an age where you're no longer a slave to the little head will be liberating. At least that's what I tell myself...
2013-10-22 12:20:57 AM
1 votes:
My take: I've had 20 years with her, and would give just about anything for another 100- even if it's under the same deal that Eos got for Tithonos.
2013-10-21 11:44:50 PM
1 votes:

craigzy: IamAwake: Subby:  I'd be perfectly ok with living to 150 with my wife.  Sorry that your life has been so unfortunate as to make you so jaded.

yours reads your fark post history too eh?


No, it's not her type thing.  She is the coolest person I know though, and despite being together since we were teens (I just hit 40) I still think she's the bomb.  But then again, I'm not a cynical, angry fark...so maybe that factors in somewhere.
2013-10-21 11:22:39 PM
1 votes:
150? I don't even plan on being 75....
2013-10-21 11:20:23 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-10-21 11:16:19 PM
1 votes:
"In the future, relationships might be different! Here's a half dozen poorly thought out guesses as to how, stretched out to two pages with Jetsons references!".

Someone got paid to write that slop?  How do I get a gig like that?
2013-10-21 10:21:51 PM
1 votes:
I'm a drunk and she's very fat. We probably won't live too long.
2013-10-21 08:48:05 PM
1 votes:

djkutch: John marries a woman 20 years younger, ensuring he will have a partner who can look after his well-being, taking him to all his body-part-replacement appointments as he moves toward his first centennial.

Ann, at 120, takes a well-sculpted 70-year-old boyfriend, but prudently decides to live with rather than marry him.

Same shiat as now, but I gotta believe Ann is in pedo territory.


Half your age plus seven. At 120 that puts the floor at 67. So she's fine.
2013-10-21 08:11:40 PM
1 votes:
Most people will be Soylent Green before having to worry about that.
2013-10-21 08:05:08 PM
1 votes:
Actually, I'm kind of okay with this...
 
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