Rich May Evolve Into Own Species

Wealthy winning huge edge with longer life, access to biotechnology
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2009 4:41 AM CDT
Rich May Evolve Into Own Species
The rich can build a super-body stairway to the clouds with access to better health care, robotics and biotechnology, says American futurist Paul Scoffo.   (©albertopveiga)

The super wealthy will have such access to high levels of health care, biotechnology and robotics that they could develop into their own species of being, argues a Silicon Valley  futurist. The rich will be able to grow their own organs and manipulate genetics for superior abilities and freedom from disability and disease, according to Paul Saffo, who teaches at Stanford University. “The simple fact is that first we invent our technologies and then we turn around and use those technologies to reinvent ourselves,” Saffo tells the Times of London.

"I sometimes wonder if the very rich can live, on average, 20 years longer than the poor. That's 20 more years of earning and saving," he adds. "Think about wealth and power and the advantages that you pass on to your children." (Read more robotics stories.)

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