On this sunny fall morning, across the street from the runway at the Santa Monica airport, the breezy, hangar-like Museum of Flying is the setting for a blockchain conference called Block Con. Host Kurt Kumar, who also runs Block Con, and the Los Angeles Blockchain meetup, steps on stage, phone in hand, to introduce a panel called “Solving Immortality.”
“How many of you want to live forever?” he asks the audience. “Hands up.”
Someone whooos faintly. “One, two, and the cameraman there. Three, four,” he counts. Another 150 or so audience members remain unmoved. “Okay, so the rest of you don’t care?”
This is entirely the wrong question to ask the audience. The correct question would be "How many of you want to suffer from the diseases of old age? Hands up." I bet my everything the response would've been vastly different.
Or: When is the best time to develop Alzheimer's? Suffer a stroke? Fall in the bathtub and shatter your pelvis? No? How about cancer -- when do you want a cancer diagnosis? OK then, so pathological fibrosis, is it? No?