"Will the Super Rich Evolve Into a Separate Species?"
I can't say I stay awake at nights worrying about the super human part, but inequality in health care is an issue:
Will the Super Rich Evolve Into a Separate Species?, Discover Blog: As medicine becomes super advanced, and super expensive, the super rich may evolve into a completely different species from everyone else, according to American futurologist Paul Saffo. He thinks medical technology such as replacement organs, specially tailored drugs, and genetic research tools to alert the moneybags of any possible hereditary health dangers, could all lead to a new class of rich, elite, and longer-living humans.
Here are Saffo’s thoughts on the advantages this would give the rich, as reported in the Guardian:
“I sometimes wonder if the very rich can live, on average, 20 years longer than the poor. That’s 20 more years of earning and saving. Think about wealth and power and the advantages that you pass on to your children.”
At the very least, they’ll be able to afford health care—and keep opposing it for the rest of is.
Posted by Mark Thoma on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:34 AM in Economics, Health Care |
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