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NancyLebovitz comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

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Comment author: NancyLebovitz 14 December 2010 12:29:54PM 2 points [-]

Would this be worth it if lifespans aren't extended?

What do you need to master to be allowed to use life extension tech?

Enforcement of rules like that would be a challenge.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 14 December 2010 12:41:41PM 6 points [-]

Probably not worth it, no -- though most kids would go through gramophones, casette players and CDs in a matter of weeks or months before they reached MP3s and music directly downloadable into your brain.

And we could say that life-extension tech and other health-supportive technologies are excluded from this requirement, so as to prevent this weirdtopia from being a simple dystopia.

Comment author: Strange7 17 December 2010 09:10:38PM 3 points [-]

Two explanations I can think of.

Simpler one is, having your life extended by medical interventions doesn't require proficiency because you're not /using/ the technology in question, just paying someone else to use it on your behalf (specifically, on your body). Same way that world wouldn't require someone to master calligraphy before dictating a letter to be written down by a secretary.

Weirder one is, failure to fast-track your kids through basic medical tech is considered a form of child abuse, on the same level as denying them social contact or nutrition, and for the same reasons.