In this compilation of classic transhumanist presentations from the 2010s, streamed as the U.S. Transhumanist Party Virtual Enlightenment Salon of November 13, 2022, Chairman Gennady Stolyarov II outlines a framework for thinking about various aspects of humankind’s future as a result of the attainment of radical life extension through scientific and technological progress.
Economic Effects of Life Extension – December 11, 2011
Mr. Stolyarov discusses how indefinite human life extension will bring about numerous economic benefits to human beings and human civilization. He approaches the subject from the standpoint of the idea of time preference and the time horizons that would be greatly expanded for humans who live much longer. Furthermore, indefinite human longevity will enable humans to confront major existential threats - such as the threat of a meteor impact or a new ice age - that are beyond the timeframe of the individual lifespan today.
Life Extension, Crime, and Criminal Justice – January 1, 2012
What would be the effects of indefinite human life extension on crime and the criminal-justice system? Mr. Stolyarov offers some possibilities.
Religion and Indefinite Life Extension – January 1, 2012
Mr. Stolyarov discusses the future of religious worldviews in a society where human longevity increases indefinitely and death is no longer perceived as inevitable. Mr. Stolyarov argues that religions evolve, too, and - to survive - they will need to adapt to the reality of far longer human lifespans.
Transhumanism and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – January 28, 2012
Mr. Stolyarov explains why, as an advocate of indefinite human life extension, he is not concerned about a posited "heat death of the universe" one googol years from now. Furthermore, he dispels a common misunderstanding about the Second Law of Thermodynamics – a misunderstanding which has led many to espouse the "heat death" hypothesis.
Impacts of Indefinite Life Extension: Answers to Common Questions – June 15, 2016
As a proponent of attaining indefinite human longevity through the progress of medical science and technology, Mr. Stolyarov is frequently asked to address key questions about the effects that indefinite life extension would have on human incentives, behaviors, and societies. Here, he offers his outlook on what some of these impacts would be.
The specific questions addressed are the following:
1. What would be the benefits of life extension?
2. What drawbacks would life extension pose?
3. Would governments ban indefinite life extension if it is achieved?
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