Re: poly: Emerging Technology

From: Tim May <>
Date: Sat Jan 03 1998 - 08:30:40 PST

At 7:05 AM -0800 1/3/98, Anders Sandberg wrote:
>GBurch1 <> writes:
>> Every time I look in the mirror, I know what will make biotech boom . . . a
>> cure for baldness. Just kidding. Sort of. Actually, a major single-point
>> breakthrough in longevity medicine might be the thing . . .
>My personal guess is that as soon as the baby boomers really realize
>they are getting *old* the demand of longevity medicine will
>explode. It is already growing quickly, and guess the critical moment
>will be when they reach retirement age.

"Demand" as in "I want it, now!," or as in "I'll buy it."?

A big difference, as "longevity medicine" doesn't exist in any broad,
meaningful sense. (If I am missing something, please let me know as soon as
possible, as I just turned 46.)

I have no doubt that any number of wonder drugs would command astronomical
prices. Alas, we don't have them.

Nor is it the FDA, evil as the FDA is, that is limiting access to such
drugs. (I was just down in Ensenada, Mexico, and one can buy many
pharmaceuticals restricted in the U.S. and U.S. Customs allows them in if
in "personal use" quantities.)

--Tim May

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Received on Sat Jan 3 16:20:21 1998

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