[ExI] Economics of SENS

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Jun 17 15:02:32 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 4:18 PM, Aleksei Riikonen <aleksei at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 4:50 PM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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?
> Cost-benefit analyses have next to nothing to do with how humans
> usually make decisions.

Nowadays humans mostly make a decision on what the analysts would
recommend regarding the company's shares next week, or - if they are
politicians rather than managers - what the effects of its
announcement will be on next poll... :-)

The problem is not simply to have people with a vision. It is becoming
whether it is actually possible and viable to pursue a radical vision,
should you even have one, in contemporary society. Abstract or
technical feasibility is not always the real hurdle, as most lawyers
dealing with fundamental patents and breakthroughs know only too

Stefano Vaj

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