Google engineers may be the first to experience life-extending technologies as a job perk. Google Director of Staffing, Todd Carlisle, hinted at the possibility at the end of a forum on attracting top talent in Silicon Valley.
What if where you worked extended your life? If you got the best medical care along with the best job. You would’t want to leave.
This idea is consistent with the hire of Ray Kurzweil in 2012 as the Director of Engineering. Kurzweil is the most vocal and reliable proponent of the future technological singularity. The singularity is a time in the future when humans transcend biology to merge with technology; essentially sidestepping death.
If this ever came to fruition, how could any other companies compete? Cisco and Twitter were also in the discussion with topics such as: salary-levels, working from home, learning opportunities, and even free food and beer. Those are all nice and well, but compared to evolving a longer life-span, they don’t even register.
This is like a video game when your power is really low, flashing bright red, you’re inches from death, and there stands Google across the bridge with an extra life.
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- The Singularity -The Inexplicable Future of Humans and Technology (wonderfanatic.wordpress.com)