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Paul Krugman: Billionaires Shouldn't Live Forever


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This issue really isn't far removed from inheritance enriching their children, and the solution is the same. The price of life extension has a tax imposed at a rate proportional to your net worth.

 

I cannot believe inheritances aren't taxed in many places. You work hard for your money, it gets taxed. You get a windfall you didn't work for, it's tax free. It does my head in. It appears to reflect the will of the majority though, so in that sense, for inheritance and life extension alike - you get the outcome you deserve. If people insist on no taxes that target passing on of wealth, then they will have to live with unlimited accrual of wealth at the top.

Most people don't really look into the issue in detail. Any time a significant inheritance tax is threatened they can just roll out stories of bereaved children getting told their parents have passed away and immediately receiving a massive tax bill until it become unpopular.



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I think Paul Krugman's right. Life extension technologies should not be available only to a narrow circle of authority people. This will lead to an increase in their power over the nations. I am not saying that these technologies should be banned. They just have to be accessible to everyone, and the concept of authority in the society of the future has to be absent. And one more important condition is that people should be spiritually developed. Then the prolongation of life will be justified, because a person will be able to properly use the time given to him, do something good. And in modern consumer society, such technologies will bring rather harm than good.



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If I made super intelligence and it developed various methods of immortality, should I bother sharing it with others? Why shouldn't I live forever if I worked hard and made it for myself? 



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If I made super intelligence and it developed various methods of immortality, should I bother sharing it with others? Why shouldn't I live forever if I worked hard and made it for myself? 

 

Because you'll be shot and torn apart by the millions of others who want it too, if they find out.

 

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More seriously, it's immoral because it makes you complacent with suffering. If you have an ability to save a life in front of you with no sacrifice to yourself, it's a moral imperative to save that life because if you were in the victim's position, you'd very much want the same.


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If I made super intelligence and it developed various methods of immortality, should I bother sharing it with others? Why shouldn't I live forever if I worked hard and made it for myself? 

 

It's not a coulda-woulda-shouda question. Although it may not be obvious at first, this is a question of pragmatism. There is such a thing as selfish altruism. Sure, you might create SI and you might come up with indefinite life-extension, but how are you going to ensure the continuity of such things? There will, without a doubt, be challenges to your wished perpetuity, and the vast majority of challenges will be overlooked by you and even, believe it or not, the super-intelligence. 

            Therefore, it is in your best interest to have others around that could...ummm.....watch your heinie. The more, the better because this is not a zero-sum game.






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