There is little downside to the wonderful reality that human beings are now living longer than ever before. While many assume that society’s economic burden radically increases with greater longevity, the reality is the opposite. Everyone is better off because of longer life expectancies.
What the dystopian In Time gets wrong about a world of extreme life extension.
Scientists are on the brink of radically expanding the span of a healthy life. Author Sonia Arrison on the latest advances—and what they mean for human existence.
In America, a large part of funding for regenerative medicine comes from the Department of Defense, whose goal is to repair soldiers who come home wounded. That is an effort everyone recognizes as important. Yet, when it comes to repairing older people whose hearts and lungs are failing, society seems at peace accepting their demise because that is all humanity has ever known — a state of mind that some call the “pro-death trance.”
Kids need to be clear that logging on to services like Facebook is like walking into a public place — you can find people you know, you can see others you don’t know, and there are many whom you do not want to know. This is a basic and important lesson to learn. Regulators should focus their energy on how to make sure that kids whose parents aren’t doing their jobs can still get educated about online safety.
Like all online sites, Facebook is not perfect — and it has lost serious face after its attempt to smear Google — but it won’t be better after state bureaucrats get their hands on it. And once they do, they may not be willing to let go. Sen. Ellen Corbett’s social networking bill is not just antisocial. It’s an attack on the freedom of all technology entrepreneurs to run their businesses.
Reader’s Digest and Time magazine started out as content aggregators rewriting articles from other publications. Back then, “there was not a lot of brooding about other people’s intellectual property rights,” notes author Steven Rosenbaum. So, what has changed between then and now? If Reader’s Digest didn’t already exist, could it start in today’s environment?
America holds some distinct advantages over many developing countries, since it is a stable place where it is relatively easy to start a business and, despite flaws, its immigration policy still welcomes risk-tolerant entrepreneurs. Indeed, immigrants are responsible for starting more than half of all new companies in Silicon Valley in the past decade.
It is difficult enough to get a business running and profitable. Forcing businesses to do the government’s job is a huge additional burden that could break some companies. And of course, every time this issue comes up, it serves to remind Californians that they have the highest sales tax in the nation, not a distinction to brag about when state coffers are so empty.