The Purpose of Technology

NickOttensNickOttens Community ManagerAmsterdam, NetherlandsPosts: 898 admin
Balaji S. Srinivasan argues that if the proximate purpose of technology is to reduce scarcity, the ultimate purpose of technology is to eliminate mortality.

Is the ultimate purpose of technology to eliminate mortality? Well, mortality is the main source of scarcity. If we had infinite time, we would be less concerned with whether something was faster. The reason speed has value is because time has value; the reason time has value is because human life has value, and lifespans are finite. If you made lifespans much longer, you'd reduce the effective cost of everything. Thus insofar as reducing scarcity is acknowledged to be the proximate purpose of technology, eliminating the main source of scarcity – namely mortality – is the ultimate purpose of technology. Life extension is the most important thing we can invent.

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