This book examines the emergent and expanding role of technologies that hold both promise and possible peril for transforming the ageing process in this century. It discusses the points and counterpoints of technological advances that would influence a reconstruction of what it means to age when embedded in a post-human vision for a post-biological future.
The book presents a provocative interdisciplinary meta-analysis that contrasts paradigms with inflection points, making the case that society has entered a new inflection point, provisionally labeled as Post Ageing. It goes on to discuss the moderate and radical versions of this inflection point and the philosophical issues that need to be addressed with the advent of post ageing activities: postponing and possibly ending ageing, primarily through technological advances.
This book will be a valuable resource for professionals who wish to review the continuum of varied constructs and intersects of technologies ranging from those purporting to enhance the activities of daily living in older adults, to those that would enable the older worker to stay competitive in the labor market, to those that propose to extend longevity and ultimately, claim to transcend ageing itselfmoving toward a transhumanistic domain and more specifically, a post-ageing inflection point.
Table of Contents
Part I Transcending Disciplinary and Paradigmatic Tensions in Gerontology
1 The Use of Inflection Points
2 The Definition and Delineation of Each Inflection Point
Part II Toward Post Ageing: Critical Examination and Provisional Typology for Understanding the Varied Roles of Technology in an Ageing Society
4 Moderate Versions of the Inflection Point and Positive Derivative
5Transition Publications from the Moderate Version of the Inflection Point (and positive derivative) to the Radical Version
6 Radical Versions of the Inflection Point
7 Viable Criticisms for the Radical Version of Post Ageing
Part III The Next Inflection Point
8 The Promise and Challenges of Post Ageing
11 Philosophical Antecedents for Post Ageing