for the huge and growing number of people on this planet. I get how wonderful it is that genetic medicine might allow us all to live to the age of 150, eliminate birth defects, and cure Aunt Millie's cancer. But really, just where are we going to put all the people whose lives we save and extend while at the same time the birth rate keeps climbing? How will we feed them? How will we maintain a viable biosphere in an era of rapidly accelerating extinctions?
All that long term data will be meaningless if human society collapses under its own weight. If we're going to invest in keeping data viable so we can maintain and extend our scientific and technological reach, perhaps we should use it to help solve more important problems than our navel-gazing, narcissistic fixation on immortality and eternal youth.