TED ANKARA COLLEGE / 8-O Should We Design Tech Innovations That Increase Life Expectancy? Ela Defne ERKAN 30 “The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life, is what is important.” is a quote said by Martin Luther King JR. This idea states that the years we spend turning oxygen into carbon dioxide doesn’t matter as long as we make the most out of it. Still, in the world we live in, many people occasionally wonder what it would be like to live for a thousand years, or better, to be immortal, to feel like they can take back the moments they’ve missed or the ones they’re missing now just by thinking about this. Why do we do this? First, this makes us feel like we can decrease our hunger of having something no rich can buy, ‘time’. We are a very interesting type of specie, that even thinking about having something makes us happy. Secondly, our life circle is so limited that every living human just goes through ‘birth, learning, school, work, work, work’ and sadly die. Having extra lifespan besides this would be like having extra holidays for students. And we want that. What if we had that technology? Well, I think we should not. Just like any other thing, we will soon, after a couple of hundred years, get bored with this gift. This sudden change of mind-set can lead people to suicide or homicide. An additional fact is that even now, our population has covered all of the world. If people stopped dying today, there wouldn’t be enough resources for everyone in a month. Other than this, people’s appearance is something really important in our century. Women are simply eating makeup to look good and men are filling their face and hair with products. Supposing we stopped ageing after we reached the age of sixty or before starting elementary school. In conclusion, expanding our lifespan has a long list of problems. We can still feel like we are living a thousand years though, seize the moment while you can.