September 24, 2016

THE MONSTROUSNESS OF THE MALTHUSIANS:

Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg. Your plan to put an end to disease is a sickeningly bad idea (Jemima Lewis 22 SEPTEMBER 2016, The Telegraph)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has already made extraordinary progress in combatting malaria worldwide, and almost completely eliminating polio. But the Zuckerberg-Chans have the most ambitious vision yet: developing new technologies and medicines to tackle every disease ever invented.

We'd better hope they don't succeed. What would it do to the human race if we were granted eternal health, and therefore life? Without any deaths to offset all the births, we would have to make room on earth for an extra 208,400 people a day, or 76,066,000 a year - and that's before those babies grow old enough to reproduce themselves.

Within a month of Mr Zuckerberg curing mortality, the first wars over water resources would break out. Within a year, the World Health Organisation would be embarking on an emergency sterilisation programme. Give it a decade and we'd all be dead from starvation, apart from a handful of straggle-bearded tech billionaires, living in well-stocked bunkers under San Francisco.

To avert global catastrophe, the Zuckerbergs will have to leave us something to die of. But perhaps they've thought of that already. Perhaps instead we will be discreetly euthanised, once our online data suggests we are starting to flag. There'll be a knock on the door, and one of those cute Japanese nursing robots will gently see us off with a painlessly lethal injection .

200 years of hoping humans will die off and every day takes them farther from their wish.


Posted by at September 24, 2016 7:47 AM

  

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