Long Live Death and the Economy

I recently wrote a novel (SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: my novel is called Idempotency, published by Kindle Press!) about the forthcoming possibility of humans living extended lives. This is generally known as transhumanism. Aside from the obvious conclusion of HOLY SHIT ‘POCALYPSE!1!!1!, another ginormous and intractable impact from humanity livin’-la-vida-long-time will be economic.

As people live forever, our population will explode*, unless artificially stopped. Apparently the aging is already happening in Japan, but so is the artificial stoppage. People are living a long time in Japan: 82 years on average, for a ranking of number 1 in the world**. But as the parents are getting older (and are less able to work), their kiddos aren’t populating the earth. In fact, according to the article, Japan shrunk by 286k people last year.

Also interesting from that article: “The paper argues that the effects of an aging population on deflation are more complicated than typically thought – that aging is deflationary when caused by an increase in longevity but inflationary when caused by a decline in birth rate.” I’m not sure I understand how that works, but it sure sounds interesting, and it seems like, in Japan’s case, they cancel themselves out.

This guy thinks Japan’s PM needs to enact changes to stimulate the expansion of the workforce (such as, raising the 60 year old retirement age). But that sounds fishy to me; older people are past their prime money-making years, and frankly, probably prefer to sit on one of Japan’s awesome beaches. And encouraging women to work misses the mark a bit. This woman seems to point out a better path, noting the recent policy changes in Japan making it simpler for women to have children and work at the same time (a novel idea, to be sure). And it’s worked for France.

Anyhow, I don’t know where I’m going with this*** except that if you are from Japan, you should definitely start shagging. It’s fun, trust me. Don’t do it for yourself, do it for your country!

* The stupid internet-rumor (I know, redundant) that there are more people alive today (7.2 billion-ish) than have ever died (upwards of 100 million, estimated) is entirely false.

** I was genuinely surprised to find “Giant Mechanized Robot” was not a top-20 cause of death in Japan.

***Maybe it’s that Wayne Coyne was wrong when he wrote “everyone you know some day will die”: