Google could one day offer its employees longer lives as part of their employment packages.
Silicon Valley employment packages are getting hard to top, particularly as the big companies are now allowed to headhunt. It seems that Google thinks that a longer life is something that staff will want.
Todd Carlisle, director of staffing at Google, suggested to ZDNet it could reach a point where the perks of working at a company include extending your life.
If that were the case then people would likely never leave. They would be incredibly loyal, he suggested.
What is weird about this scenario is that Google is headed in that direction.
Late last year it hired Ray Kurzweil who is a big fan of the singularity idea. This predicts life extension technologies will eventually extend people’s lives indefinitely and enable people to start using more robotic bodies.
Apparently this will start happening in earnest within this decade. Earnest is not a small town in Utah.
The singularity will require the world’s largest, most powerful computer system, which is exactly what Google is building. It means that its engineers will probably accept lower salaries for the chance to be among the first to benefit from singularity.
The downside is that if you stop working for Google they could switch you off and wipe your personality from its hard-drive, or sell you to the NSA.