I was skimming through this AMA, and ran across this:
I’d like for humans to get smarter. I think the technology and science are starting to come together there. We’re very dumb, I think, or maybe just ignorant, but likely some of both. The magnitude of what we don’t know is astounding. Some of the things we don’t know are shockingly simple, too. There are complex organisms that outlive us, and we aren’t even entirely sure why — yet. Every human being who has ever lived before us has simply taken it for granted that death is inevitable.
It puts things in perspective, recognizing that the most brilliant individuals who ever contributed to humanity were not all that smarter than a chimp, or a dog, or some other mammal. That’s why I’m not terribly impressed by IQ.
Kid’s only 19, so he can be forgiven for thinking immortality is a great idea.
Here are a couple of bits from the Bible which suggest this kid, or someone like him, will be successful someday:
Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.Isaiah 65:20
In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will escape them.Revelation 9:6
The former sounds pretty good, the latter sounds like the end of Texhnolyze.
Noted in combination with the guys who reached super old ages of about 10x what we do today in Genesis (so a 90yo today would be like a 900yo before the flood), it sounds like there’s something there. I wouldn’t fuck around with it myself, but I’ve observed the idea of immortality appeals more the higher people’s IQ is, holding all else equal.