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Immortal pets?


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I was on my way to work this morning when I had some fond memories of some pets of my past, and remembering them getting frail and oulder and sicker before we had to put them down. And I sometimes still think about those last moments where they don't really seem to suspect that tomorrow won't be about waking up from their sleep and seeing their family and getting treats.

 

And then it crossed my mind that if we ever get to the point where we can halt and even reverse aging in us, some people would do it for their pets. Not nessecarily with the intent of making them immortal but just so they don't get older and that will amount to the same thing without intent.

 

But then iy occurs to me, a four hundred year old dog? By that point it may well be fluent in the language, if it could talk, and be able to guide you to people just by you asking.

 

It's a slightly disturbing idea that just be centuries of accumulated knowledge and experience pet rats could be on par with modern chimps or maybe an elderly slightly senile human.

 

what do you think?


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Well, there are already some forzen animals alcor.Some regenerative medicine is already applied to some animals. Plus i think that the first mind uploading will be perfored on rats, primates and even dogs. So they may be the first to become immortal.

 

Ceritainly if dog live much longer, they could become more intelligent ( assuming that also their brain cells are keeping efficent) but i don't think that a dog that is 100 years old will be much more intelligent than a dog who died at the age of 15.

That said animals Language will be detected in a better way in the future and we will comprend some of their behaviours more easily.



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But what happens if the owners die or disown their immortal pet?Are they just going wander the earth or sit in a cage at an animal shelter until the sun goes super nova?Or will people start killing them as soon as they're tired of them since they won't die on their own?Immortality can be a curse and it seems cruel to give that curse to animals that didn't want it in the first place.



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Some animals do live forever, and some species of turtle live in captivity for over 100 years.  None have become fluent in any language.  I know turtles can't speak, but as far as I know it didn't make them much more intelligent.

 

Maybe a 100 year old parrot or monkey would.  Both can communicate with humans with either sign language or vocally.


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but what if you could apply aspects of the technological singularity to make your animal more self aware / sentient. that'd be creepy


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Immortal pets would be brilliant, and I certainly see them as a possibility for when human immortality is achieved. It's better to have a companion for life than just for 20 years at a time.




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