Alcor Conference 2006 - David D. Friedman, Ph.D.
If Life Were a Lot Longer: An Economist's Thoughts (26 min)


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Dr. David D. Friedman is a professor of law at Santa Clara University, has been a college professor of economics for many years, and is the son of Nobel-Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. In this talk, Dr. Friedman shares his insights into the many potential consequences of an extended lifespan. He asks provocative questions about the future of the family unit, a typical career path, and the economic outlook for society as a whole. Will forty-five years of work and then centuries of leisure become the norm? Will there be one family once or one every fifty years? Will we face mass unemployment, mass leisure, or overpopulation? Ponder what could become possible in our personal and professional lives if aging were defeated.

Other videos from the 6th Alcor Conference 2006

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