Frugal Friday: Would You Like to be Immortal?

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a crazy week for the Frugal Rules home as mainly I will be off next week and away from the blogosphere for most of the week. Thank you, by the way, for those who stepped up and will be guest posting for me next week. It’s always good to know that my blog will be left in good hands even though I’ll be away from it a few days. I am looking forward to taking some time off, and will be spending it helping my youngest brother look for a place to live as he’ll be starting his first job out of college next month. It did mean though that I was busy most of the week writing since I will not have the chance to do so next week.

That said, let’s move on to the topic this week of immortality. This article from NBC News stood out to me as it brings up the very interesting topic of being able to live forever. The article discusses comments made by Google’s engineering director, Ray Kurzweil, that he believes achieving immortality in our lifetime has real potential. There are many, many aspects that could be brought up in relation to the issue of immortality, and I certainly will not cover them all, but it is interesting none the less. As an aside, if anyone is going to achieve it, I guess Google makes as much sense as any as they seem to have their fingers in every pie there is. His argument, basically, goes back to how we have progressed in terms of life expectancy over the last number of centuries and using things like 3-D bioprinters to heal diseases as well as grow human tissue. He argues that we are growing at such a rate in terms of discovery and capability that in the next one or two decades we’ll be able to do things that can only be dreamed of now. He sees this ultimately playing out as the ability to take our consciousness and attach it to what he calls a “nonbiological host” that will allow us to have immortality.

Just think about that for a second…your conscience living in a computer forever. Mrs. Frugal Rules already thinks I am part machine for being on the computer so much, but in all seriousness, would you really want that? I don’t know what I really think about it, other than I think it’s a bit silly thinking of “me” living in a computer or some sort of machine for all of time. Would that mean we would never really age then once our soul is placed in said nonbiological host? Or, if we did age, at what point would that stop and would I become a grumpy old man that someone could just unplug to get rid of? 😉 My PF blogger mind, of course, goes to the financial aspect of this. Do people who can’t afford to be put in a computer just die as normal, or are they given some lower model computer? What would this mean for planning for retirement and would there be insurance costs involved? Would you be in some server farm or would you get to “live” with your family members together? As you can see it does bring up a lot of questions, or I may just have a sickness. 😉 Regardless of what we all think, these are definitely interesting times and one does have to wonder what kind of world our children and their children will have as they become older.

Before I get into the blog posts of the week, I would like to give everyone a reminder that if you use Google Reader to read your favorite blogs via RSS , Google is killing that off as of July 1st if you did not know that already. Have no fear, you can still read Frugal Rules via RSS, you’ll just need to use another platform to do it in. 🙂 Following are what appear to be the most popular options out of the bunch:

It has been another great week in the blogosphere. If you have some free time this weekend, then I encourage you to check out some of my favorite blog posts.

Blog Post of the Week

Everything I Want My Kids to Know About Money on Young Adult Money

I loved Cat’s thoughts in regards to things she wants to teach future possible children. As a parent myself, I could not agree more with her points as it is our goal to raise financially literate children in the Frugal Rules home. Our society is filled with voices that preach spend, spend, spend and we want to raise our kids to know better. As has been said on this site before, not only do I consider teaching financial literacy to our children one of the most loving things we can do I also view it as our duty. If we want our fiscal health to change for future generations then it only makes sense to begin that change now.

Other Blog Posts That Ruled

Barf Bags, Hard Rock Glasses and Beatles’ Records – Investing in Collectibles on Stacking Benjamins

Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely on Monster Piggy Bank

Don’t Let Fear Prevent You From Talking About Debt on The Heavy Purse

Investing for Beginners – In The Beginning on Money Bulldog

Buying 25% of a Cow: 100% Worth it on Pretired.Org

Dad, Let’s Play Superheroes” on On Target Coach

E*Trade Review – Detailed Breakdown of ETRADE on Modest Money


Odd Search Terms

Being self-employed is crap…Why don’t you tell us how you really feel!?

Do you like Wal-Mart’s clothes…In a word – NO!

How much is a cronut…I hear they’re up to $100 now

How to become rich off of one dollar…scratch off ticket baby!

I have a credit card authorization code , but my funds are being held…what gives?…Sucks to be you!

I did not save for my retirement…I hear Wal-Mart is hiring greeters 😉

Get rich today free online…All you need to do is buy my $49.95 course and you’ll get all my secrets!


Would you choose immortality if given the choice? What do you think would be your favorite part of being immortal? Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?


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  • The whole immortal conversation freaks me out a bit, honestly. I think people are going way too far here. But hopefully by the time they have it all figured out the Frugal Farmer Family will be living on a tropical island somewhere, far away from all of the hustle and bustle of technology. 🙂

  • Matt Becker says:

    I’ve read about this before and it’s just so weird! I can’t even begin to try and sort through all of the incredibly strange consequences of people living as robots. What about reproduction? Do you simply build your children? And what kind of subsidies will the government give to farmers when we don’t need to eat food anymore? After all, how are all the corn farmers supposed to make a living if no one’s eating corn? We have to keep them in business!

  • So glad you are getting the week off next week. I know what you are saying that it takes a TON of prep to take a week off, especially with a blog. When we went on a cruise in February it was insane the week before! I was happy to have guest posters as well.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Cat’s post! I particularly like that she talked about a topic I have little interest in writing about right now – kids! I do like talking about the education aspect tho and how we can raise the standard of financial literacy.

    • John says:

      As am I DC, it has been a lot of work this week. I think I wrote something like 10-15 posts this week. I am tired of writing. 😉

  • The way they describe immortality sounds creepy. I’ll pass. Thanks!

  • Michelle says:

    I don’t know. Like the others have said – sounds creepy!

  • I hope you enjoy your time off!!!

  • Troy says:

    I would definitely not want to be immortal. Can you imagine how overpopulated our world would be? And to think that I’d spend hundreds of years of my life as an old man…. Not really appealing. Plus, if you live thousands of years and all your friends/family die of old age, that would be insanely lonely.

    • John says:

      Well, I think the overpopulation issue would be coved to a certain extent by the fact that we would all be in some sort of computer – thus we would no longer have bodies. That said, I think I’ll pass.

  • Thanks for the mention John, as for living forever – I’m not sure people are meant to live forever. Most of the people I have known that are in the 90’s are ready for the end and feel that have gotten a lot out of life. Although I wonder if their bodies were younger if they would have felt the same way.

  • pauline says:

    I’d like to travel in the future/past but not be immortal. There would be too many of us for one, and when do you choose to be immortal? Being 80 forever is not much fun.

  • AverageJoe says:

    Unplugging for a week sounds like fun. I’ve already warned Cheryl that with the new site, I’m likely to work an hour or two a day while we’re on vacation next month. She looked at me like I had a disease.

    As for immortality….just imagine! Thousands and thousands of people living in nursing homes who can’t take care of themselves but wanted to be immortal. Dream! ….or not.

    • John says:

      Yea, I’ve gotten the same look from my wife before and I think it’s usually followed with some sort of comment claiming the computer is my real spouse. 😉

      I know, I do not think that’s a dream either.

  • Thanks for the mention!
    I think there are too many people as it is, so immortality seems like a really bad idea. Unless it was just for me, then it’d be OK.

    • John says:

      Not a problem Nick. I agree, if it were me then I guess that’s fine – but I bet that I would drive myself nuts awfully quickly.

  • anna says:

    The only reason I think it would be neat is that I would have the ability to meet my great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren. Otherwise, no thank you! I think that’s hilarious that you thought of all the PF aspects… can you imagine if we had that now? We’d have our great-grandparents in an Apple computer that still had a black and green screen or something (I wish I was techie but I’m not, but it’s the small screens that we used to play Oregon Trail on in elementary school). 🙂 Enjoy your time off!

    • John says:

      That would be nice Anna. But just imagine – meeting that 5x great grandchild and you get wheeled in to “meet” them and you’re like an iPad – how crazy would that be, Lol?!

  • If I could pause my aging somewhere around 28-32 and be immortal I would consider it. I mean, I don’t want to miss out on all the cool stuff that could happen in the future. What if I miss out on flying cars? I guess the ultimate question has more to do with the housing of our consciousness rather than whether I would do it or not. Would I be able to move on my own, like in an android body? Would that body be able to send signals to my brain that simulated the operation of our senses? Would I still need to recharge every day like we do now with sleep? Can I eat for fun? I’d hate to give up my ice cream.

    As far as lower income individuals go, they would probably get second hand or older models, just like they do with cars now. Nothing wrong with that. They’re still immortal and we recycle as many housing units as possible! They can always learn how to generate a more passive income by reading pf blogs and use that money to upgrade down the road.

    I put way too much thought into this. My nerdy-ness is showing 🙂

  • That doesn’t sound like much of a life to be in a machine. Can you still smell, taste, and feel things? Would we all be great procrastinators because our time is endless? I’m kind of voting for putting in my time and moving on. Have a great vacation!

  • I wouldn’t want to live forever…unless I could stay the age of 29 forever 😛 Enjoy your much deserved one week off John!

  • What kind of quality of life would this “immortality” be. If i’m going to be immortal, I want to be immortally young, not old. 🙂

  • Immortality? No, thank you. I can’t even fathom having my consciousness tied to a nonbiological host. I like being flesh and blood, even if it means that I cannot live forever. On the flip, some of the advancements for curing diseases does excitement me. 🙂 Thanks for mentioning my post, John. I appreciate it! And have a great week off!

    • John says:

      I know, I couldn’t imagine being “put” into some nonbilological host. Nor would I wish me as a grumpy old man digitalized for all time – I fear someone would unplug me. 😉

  • I like your comment about the grumpy old man John, I’m not even 30 and Mrs.B says I’m already one. Not sure what I’d be like in 300 years time! Thanks for the mention and have a great week off.

  • Great reads, and thanks for the reminder. Just switched to Feedly, working out well so far.

  • At first I was thinking this was going to be about “supernatural” immortal, like a vampire or something (since that gene is so huge right now)…in that case no because I would hate to see all my good friends and family get old and die…and they might wonder why I never age. ha ha! Plus I think hundreds and hundreds of years on this earth would be boring after awhile. But I do feel sad about not seeing what the future is going to be like…and getting older and dying in general just kind of sucks. But I don’t know, I guess I would say that I would have to lean towards no. Wow that was long-winded. 🙂

  • Peter says:

    So it is true… Google does think they are god. It’s not going to happen ever and if I had the choice, I wouldn’t take it.

  • Debt Blag says:

    I think about this more than I should…Maybe I wouldn’t take it. Each age has come with new learning and the new experiences of every age have all been fun in their own way.

  • I don’t think I’d ever want to be immortal. I do think life is too short, but forever is a long, long time. I would get bored after 100 years!

  • I love the odd search terms. Tell me more about your thoughts on walmart clothes 😉

  • Haha Love ur search term responses! Had me laughing out loud!!!

  • This would be scary if you think about it. People would start hacking our subconscious when in the host and we would be doing things for others, like bot networks. Also, what happens if the hard drive goes back and our server drops offline? Can we be rebooted or are we just screwed? Don’t even get me started about bad partitions. I don’t think it would be for me. What if someone just wants to hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete?

  • Mr. 1500 says:

    Hell no! There is some famous Steve Jobs quote that goes something like, “We know we all have limited time and that helps motivate us to do great things” or something like that. I totally agree. If you knew you could procrastinate for 1000 years, you’d never get anything done.

    However, I have a counter proposal. I’d like my aging to freeze at about my 24 year old self. Then, I just drop dead at 88. No cancer, wrinkles, ED, incontinence or any of that other garbage.

  • Derek @ says:

    I think it would be awesome if you are still attached to your same body and have “normal” type of motor skills.

    The only problem is if no one died, the earth could not sustain that many humans!

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