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Will you die? What you expect changes with age

Posted: Sep 7, 2011

A majority of IEET readers age 35 or older who answered our recently concluded poll say they expect to die within a normal human lifespan. In contrast, a plurality of readers under age 35 believe that radical life extension will enable them to stay alive in their current bodies “for centuries at least.”

Based on information provided in this article, we asked our readers if they think they will live long enough to benefit from emerging technologies that could allow them to enjoy greatly expanded lifespans. We also gave choices for normal physical death but eventual resurrection via cryonics, or for the possibility of having the mind uploaded into a computer, so the personality can survive the death of the body.

We thought it would be interesting to compare the responses from younger readers versus older readers, and here is how it came out:

What are your personal expectations for lifespan extension?


Here is another way to look at the results:


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This is pretty meaningless isn’t it?

The under 35’s will include teenagers and the over 35’s will include pensioners.

And what exactly do the bar charts show?  The number of participants who voted in a particular way?  It can’t be the percentage - unless the two sets of charts are inconsistant.

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