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DEBATE - what nation will be the first to offer state-subsidized “immortality” to its citizenry?

Posted: Thu, April 11, 2013 | By: DEBATE

In the next 2-3 decades, technology will be producing a plethora of anti-aging products that will be able to guarantee radical life extension - to any individual who can afford it.

For example, right now TA-65 is available as a telomere activator - but the capsules cost $200 per month. 

My question is - what nation on the planet will be the first to subsidize “immortality”?

What nation will provide anti-aging drugs, stem cell treatments, nano-medicine, and other interventions, to all of its citizenry, absolutely free?

My guess is that the first Immortal Nation will be a small wealthy community where there’s already many retirees, high income, and healthy longevity - perhaps Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Luxembourg, or Malta.  

Iceland, with its population of a mere 400,000, is also a possibility. 

By offering free anti-aging services, the first Immortal Nations would attract additional citizens, with high incomes, seeking access to eternity.

The second tier of Immortal Nations would be larger countries that already have a good health care system in place. This category would include Israel, Singapore, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Austria. 

Larger nations will be far behind in guaranteeing Indefinite Life Extension, in my opinion. France, Germany, and Canada will be contenders for first Immortal Nations with populations over 30 million. 

Japan?  A dark horse possibility. Its inhabitants live longer than anyone else in the world, but with its declining fertility and birth rate… can it afford to subsidize its huge numbers of nonagenarians and centenarians?

What’s your opinion?  Please leave your Comments below:



A nation in W. Europe would likely be the first to offer such subsidisation. Which nation? would be impossible to foresee at this time.

By Alan Brooks on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42pm



Problem is, Israel conscripts its citizens. Question is: why would a nation want to subsidise radical life extension for its citizens if it would draft them into the military, substantially raising the odds of their being killed or maimed? IMO one would expect such a nation to eventually cease conscription to enhance incentive to live indefinitely.

By Alan Brooks on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:53pm

While not a “nation”, per se, I believe the United Arab Emirates would be one of the more likelier to first subsidize radical life extension. I say this because of their devotion to adapting new science and technologies to their society construction plans, and even dedicating funds to building areas meant for future technology usage and efficiency.

With their single-payer healthcare system, free public education, and overall desire to build while looking to the future, really makes me think of no other place when regarding the possibility of subsidized radical life extension to the mass populace.

By B.J. Murphy on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:09pm

Actually Alan’s point about Israel raises an interesting issue about indefinite life extension generally. Clearly, Israel conscripts its citizens because it believes (correctly or incorrectly) that this improves their collective security. So they are required to jeopardise their individual security in order to improve their collective security. And even if one might question how effective is is, there is at least no logical inconsistency between the two. The soldier sacrifices his or her own security to keep others safe. If the threat is sufficiently real (and again, I am not taking a position here on whether this is or isn’t the case), then this will indeed improve overall security.

So the obvious question this raises in the context of indefinite (individual) life extension is: will this improve or rather jeopardise our collective security as a species? At the individual level it’s a no-brainer, but at the collective level it’s less obvious.

By Peter Wicks on Apr 13, 2013 at 2:50am

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