Two new words entered my lexicon today. Firstly the word "methuselarity" which was coined by Aubrey de Grey to mean a future point in time when all of the medical conditions that cause human death would be eliminated and death would occur only by accident or homicide. Secondly “singularity”, as a hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature.
|Aubrey de Grey|
It seems therefore important that we elders turn our remaining energies and limited brain power to two things: preserving our bodies for the glorious day when computers take over and ensuring their processing power is caring power. Rather than the Barnet Graph of Doom – a three minute video – that shows how all spending in that council will be consumed by adult social care and children’s services in the same timeframe as the aforementioned phenomena, rather we should devise A Graph of Boon.
I am exhausted just thinking about all this but will return to it. There is a bonanza coming up and I want to be there. Now if I can just map the exponential growth of healthy older people on one axis and the processing power of computers on the other. With some good fortune I might be able to share in the bonus of a new and vibrant gerontocracy.