Anti-aging technology is designed to hold off aging on a cellular level. The eventual goal is to have designs that allow a person to live to 500+ years but maintain the body of a 40 year old. This sounds unrealistic, and currently is, but Turtles for example do not develop old age. They reach middle age and then just stay there.
Since most diseases and many expenditures are tied into old age, shouldn’t anti-aging technology be a major health initiative? With no old age, there’d be no retirement. With no retirement, no social security (save 500 billion right there). Medicare would also not exist as the ‘elderly’ would not get sick anymore than those in their 30s. Right now the elderly make up disproportionate amounts of healthcare spending, but with no aging that takes away a huge chunk of the issue of healthcare costs spiraling out of control.
Plus most serious diseases are tied into aging. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alzheimers. With no aging, most diseases would be cured or cut down drastically. Ending aging to fight disease is kind of like banning the car to cut down on drunk driving accidents.
Plus anti-aging is going to allow us to keep the most educated, wise members of this society. There was a book I saw at the library “You life and learn: Then You Die and Forget It All”. So you spend 60-70 years learning how to lead life intelligently, how to be a good employees, etc and then you die. All that knowledge goes away for the most part and the most educated minds end up leaving us.
I realize anti-aging isn’t feasable now, but perhaps in 100 years it will be. Should we work on it? It seems to be economical and good for saving money as well as fighting disease and human suffering.
On the other hand, a society where no one dies would be a society where new ideas never get a foothold. You need a constant infusion of new minds to rethink old ideas. It’d be hard to convince a 300 year old person born in 1680 that gay marriage or ending racism is ok. However people born into a culture with these ideas are more open to them. So a society with no aging is a society that could stagnate.
I’m not really worried about overpopulation per se, as I feel we’d find ways to deal with that problem as it came.