What would you do?

In breaking news an international conglomerate of scientists is to release their stem cell therapy rejuvenation injections next month. They have stated that for every one injection paid for they will provide two free versions to designated countries and welfare recipients in non-designated countries. The method which makes use of the constant turnover of cells by the human entity allows for reversal of ageing in the already aged to a fully functional cell approximating to a biological age of mid-20s, maintenance indefinitely of that functionality; and the vast array of diseases linked directly to the degenerative ageing process have been reduced to curiosities, they say. They said that unfortunately they can do little about accidents, violent acts and some unprecedented bugs.

In further news the people of the world say thanks but no thanks to the age drug. They collectively agreed to this stance via twitter! The explanations given for the blanket refusal to take the drug included fears of over-population and resource depletion, as well as a general Mr Smith like distaste for themselves as a collective or species; but of much more significance when all 7+ billion of them were asked was the fact that they would be bored and couldn’t imagine what to do with their time!

It may seem a small hindrance to the acceptance of this possibility, that will elicit the hastening of funding for anti-ageing therapies, and also the psychological need to adjust to this altered reality, but this notion of boredom is one that should have a light shone on it momentarily to show that of all the reasons feared this is surely the least sensible.
The key issue here is that to live one hundred years, takes one hundred years. And so much as we tackle the current 80+ expectancy in much shorter term cycles in our thinking, one of the major misconceptions is assuming that you have to figure out now what you will do in a hundred years’ time. It doesn’t work like this, relax and enjoy the removal of that darkest and most inevitable of clouds.

There is probably some need to appease the imagination though, and so as an example and with much less than a century of thought into it, some of the things I would like to do include; to read history, but I mean vast swathes of it in areas I am interested in – using modern technologies I would like all the relevant information and best loved writings to be at my disposal as I become an expert for no other reason but that I can – that I have the time. I would like to look at the world now and see what I could learn, playing a musical instrument which might stretch the time mentioned already – or even playing a few of them! Becoming the best I can possibly become at some sports. I would like to think that I and others might shove the sports and other events we are interested in outwards to ten year leagues running concurrently with existing ones, things that allow for the broader timeframe interest, a golden world cup every fourth edition. I would like to study lots and lots of things. Of course, this is currently, I cannot even envisage what interests I may accrue over this time as other activities and possibilities come to pass. But mostly I would like to slow down, look around, seep it all in and relax – it and I aren’t going anywhere!

Martin O'Dea

About Martin O'Dea

Martin O’Dea lives in Dublin, Ireland. His interests and writings are varied and include areas relating to human development through technological and biological advances, as well as the economics and politics of rapid technological advance. His first novel is 'Beyond the Subjectivity Trap'.

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