[ExI] Medical Costs and the end of humanity

hkhenson hkhenson at rogers.com
Wed Feb 20 13:37:47 UTC 2008

At 10:41 PM 2/19/2008, Bryan wrote:
>On Tuesday 19 February 2008, Tom Tobin wrote:
> > I *am* ambivalent about libertarianism vs. the liberal-welfare-state
> > when it comes to transhumanism, I'll admit; the welfare state is
> > better for *unaugmented* humans, but becomes stifling for
> > transhumans/posthumans.  I don't know how to resolve this; I'd be
> > better off here-and-now under a solid welfare state, but I'd curse
> > myself the moment the serious cog upgrades came along ... but one
> > might not *get there* without the welfare state.  ::sigh::
>Seems welfare becomes obsolete when we have self-replicating drugs, This
>at least gets people back up to some sort of 'baseline standard' and
>they can work from there, if they want. Something like that.

I think you should be aware that advancing technology following a 
strict libertarian model could wipe out the entire human race and 
they would fail to even notice.  Here is my fictional take on the end 
of humanity.


It's amusing that almost nobody sees this story as a tragedy or at 
least of having a most ambiguous ending.


PS.  In order to have a story line and characters to identify with, 
the "powers that be" 100 years from now encourage a remnant 
population.  It's a literary cheat.  The most likely scenario is a 
total population wipe out. 

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