[ExI] Economics of SENS

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 13:50:53 UTC 2008

2008/6/17 The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com>:
> A question entered my mind today: With rising medical costs and an ever
> increasing population of elderly forced to retire at age 65 just when they
> start needing the medical care the most, would the added productivity of SENS
> and the elimination of the medical costs associated with aging simply by
> preventing it not be more cost effective for individuals, insurance companies,
> and society as a whole in the long run? I don't have any numbers but I suspect
> that government/private investment in SENS could conceivably pay for itself in
> the span of several decades. I mean why let a productive tax-payer, consumer,
> or policy holder steadily become a burden on society by letting him get old
> when it is preventable? Any thoughts? This might be topic that Robin Hanson and
> Aubrey de Grey could address more effectively than I for obvious reasons.

Is it plausible that the reason more money isn't spent on SENS is that
people have neglected important positives in the cost-benefit
analysis, rather than simply because they don't believe it is likely
to work?

Stathis Papaioannou

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