Introduction: What is life extension and why should you care?
Living to 100 years old is a dream for many people. But what if by some chance we could live much longer? The question of how long human beings can live has been on the table for centuries, but now it seems that the answer may be as long as 500, 600 or even 1000 years.
Recently, scientists from Sydney University and Harvard Medical School jointly published a research report entitled “Longevity escape velocity: a new approach to aging”.
The report is based on the theory that life expectancy could increase at a rate of up to two years each year, meaning that if this trend continues, people will be able to live to age 1,000 within the next few decades.
It is predicted that future generations are likely to have lifespans of 1,000 years or more. With increased longevity comes increased health risks. These include mental decline which could lead to dementia and other neurological disorders.
“I now think there is a 50% chance that we will reach longevity escape velocity by 2036. After that point (the “Methuselarity”), those who regularly receive the latest rejuvenation therapies will never suffer from age-related ill-health at any age.” So said eminent biomedical gerontologist and co-founder of the SENS Research Foundation, Dr Aubrey de Grey recently on Twitter.
The idea of living longer is exciting to some, but for others it can create fear. How can we make sure to keep ourselves healthy?
We need to consider how our bodies will be affected when we live longer. A healthy lifestyle is not just about eating better, exercising, and reducing stress. A healthy lifestyle means that there are no signs of age-related health problems already present or that they are very mild.
Benefits and risks of living longer
There are many benefits to living longer. One example is people won’t be taking care of their parents for as long, which means they’ll be able to take care of themselves or their children.
You will also be able to accumulate more wisdom over your lifetime because we’re living longer and we’re accumulating more knowledge each year.
However, longevity can be a double-edged sword: while our lifespan might increase, so might the risks associated with it.
The risks associated with longevity are the same as risks associated with any other long term health condition; research still needs to be done on how this will change the world.
The risks of longevity are not just the increased risk of cancer and other diseases, but also things like financial stability and social support.
Environmental risks include increased production of greenhouse gases, global warming and depletion of natural resources.
Scientists, however, generally agree that the rewards for longevity far outweigh the risks.
What are the different ways we can use today to live longer?
Alan Safahi: There are several ways in which humans can live longer. Genetic modification is one of the most controversial methods of extending our life, while enhancement technologies like prosthetics, bionic organs and gene editing is relatively more acceptable.
Some people support genetic modifications because it has the potential to keep us healthy at all times by eliminating the risk of developing some diseases that are genetically related.
While others oppose this method because they believe that it will lead to a rise in inequality by giving only a few people access to this technology.
The other two methods, enhancement technologies and physical augmentation, don’t seem as controversial for various reasons.
Enhancement technologies can be seen as an extension of current medical procedures such as pacemakers or insulin pumps so it doesn’t raise similar ethical concerns- though
How does society prepare for a world of prolonged lifespans?
Life extension is an important consideration when talking about the future of society. One of the main fears for this is the population explosion, meaning that there are not enough resources to go around. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The world population has increased exponentially in the past two centuries, yet food resources have grown at the same rate. We are not running out of food!
Expected future trends include an increase in crop yield through improvements in irrigation and weather forecasting, a decrease in arable land due to mining and industrial development, and an increase in meat (or meat substitute) consumption
Additionally, with future technologies like ocean farming and vertical gardening, we can expect to see such abundance of food in the future that it becomes potentially free to anyone, humans or animals.
However, with life extension, there is a chance that most people will have a longer lifespan with fewer children born in between. There are also various other impacts on society that need to be accounted for when discussing longevity, most notably changing values and viewpoints over time.
Introduction: With the advent of life-extending technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and artificial organs, extending lifespans has become more feasible in recent years. But what does this mean for society? If people live longer, this might lead to an overpopulation problem or changes in values or viewpoints overtime.
The future of life extension is in the hands of the scientists. They are trying to find the perfect combinations that might prolong our lives. These dreams are far off but it is necessary to think about them because if we want to live longer, it is our responsibility to take care of our health.
There are various possibilities that can come true in this endeavour including figuring out how to stop aging, how to cure cancer, and many others. There are many questions asked by scientists but one thing is certain — they will keep working on finding a way for us to live 1,000+ years!
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Alan Safahi is an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, futurist and amateur freedom fighter.
Safahi is a Principal at Safahi Global Advisor, an Orinda, California advisory and consulting firm specializing in banking, financial services, Fintech, money transfer and cryptocurrencies.