At what point, if any, should viable candidates be informed that they have been selected for being offered immortality? How should they be approached? If they should turn down this most precious of gifts, should they not be given the consolation prize of enhanced intelligence?
As for their children, that’s another issue: For years, adults have had the option to dump the kid when they get bored with each other or the kid. Dumpster babies are a real thing. Abandoned children. Real thing. Illegal, but bottom line is: They don’t have to deal with the innocents whose lives they have destroyed…or tried to.
Sex? I’m all for it. Lots of fun when done right. But while adults can do that all they want, why should kids have to pay for it?
Raising kids in virtual reality might not be such a bad idea. No more being told that they are broken, or have to prove themselves, or they have to believe in talking animals and magic to be worthy of being treated like human beings…and if they don’t, they will be tortured. No more being threatened by drunks, addicts, sociopaths, child molesters, maniacs who want to indoctrinate them into believing in a cult.
Life in virtual reality (VR) might not be such a bad idea as an option for the poor, the elderly, the indigent , or the ill. Lets face it: No age, illness, poverty, or homelessness to contend with? It has a lot of appeal. If a disembodied human brain were put on an interstellar vehicle to travel to potentially habitable world while the brain was upgraded to a more stable substrate, it would even come with the opportunity of immortality and life in custom printed body (from the available elements of the new world) upon arrival.
To live in a virtual environment while humanity (and an artificially intelligent computer) works to sort out how to improve on the initial technology to create the kind of artificial custom bodies desired from elements found on the new world would be a necessity.
With minds on a craft headed for one of the possible planets which may be able to support life (yet are approximately a thousand light years away) colonists would have plenty of time to discuss and perfect a viable political system to organize their new colony around. They might also explore several lifetimes worth of experiences provided via the instant education and endless time to practice the newfound knowledge.
The goal should for achieving immortality should not be limited to just living longer, but improving our quality of life. Just because we defeat death and learn to improve ourselves, the bulk of our species should give the planet a break. We should strive towards advancing towards living among the stars in new ways with new options.
Those who choose to remain behind can then be free to concern themselves with repairing all the damage we’ve done to the small blue planet of our birth. I’m sure they can fix it by the time we get back…in a few thousand years.