How to Live Forever

Technologies that promise eternal youth or everlasting life

February 26, 2017


young woman blowing confetti


Anti-aging science is advancing steadily and urgently, like the second hand of a billionaire’s timepiece. Foundations with private and corporate funding have been established to attack the ageing problem from different angles.


life expectancy at birth by various regions of the world from 1950-2050


Baby Steps


People are living longer in general, with changing attitudes toward diet and exercise, and humanitarian efforts in developing countries. Incremental progress is being made in the understanding of how the aging process affects the body. Global average life expectancy (71.4 years in 2015), increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. – WHO Advances in imaging techniques will allow for researchers to see inside a living cell at higher and higher resolutions. Biotechnology breakthroughs like CRISPR-Cas9 will help decode the genes related to age. Artificial intelligence and quantum computers are coming of age and can help make sense of all the data and run long simulations.


Leaps to Immortality


Here are some of the long-shot technologies that could bring immortality.


Brain Freeze


Cryonics uses temperatures below −130°C, called cryopreservation, to preserve enough brain information to permit future revival of the person. The hope is that in the future, medical technology will provide a way of bringing the person back. Costs can range from $28,000 to $200,000, and are often financed via life insurance. Although quite controversial, cryonics is the only method in this list that is available now.


tattoo with cryonic instructions


Mind Upload


The theory behind whole brain emulation is that you are the sum of the wiring in your brain. By making a copy of your physical brain, you make a copy of yourself. With this information, it is proposed that a virtual you can be created in a computer, or your mind map can be transferred to a clone or robot.


the Internet of our brains


Immortality Pill


The roles mitochondria, telomeres and telomerase play in cell aging is becoming better understood. Personalized therapies using nanomedicines may one day bring eternal youth, even age reversal, without ever having to leave your body.


the Internet of our brains


Fix what is wrong


Regenerative medicine may be able to bridge the gap between living now and forever. Custom replacement organs might soon be 3D printed or grown in another animal. Techniques are also being developed to allow the body to heal itself.


Replacing body parts with machines may also extend lives, when biological replacements are not available.


regenerative medicine


Life extending technologies will continue to improve. Some have said that the first person to live to be 150 years old has already been born. But what will they look like? Will they be cyborgs, will they have bodies at all or will their brains reside in a box? Living in the future, could mean many things.


regenerative medicine





Has the first person who'll live to 1,000 already been born? - DailyMail


The vitamin that made elderly mice live longer, and stopped their organs from aging - National Post


Is it really possible that the first person to live for 1000 years has already been born? - Quora


Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer? - The Scientist


Living longer through mitochondrial housekeeping - NCBI


Telomerase - Wikipedia


Telomeres – nature’s anti-ageing scheme - Varsity


Mind uploading - Wikipedia


Cryonics - Wikipedia


Life expectancy - WHO


The Immortality Hype - Nautilus


Researchers Have Found a Way to Delay Aging - Futurism


Transhumanists, biohackers, grinders: Who are they and can they really live forever? - ABC





Image credits


Young woman blowing glitter via Pixabay


Life Expectancy chart via Wikipedia


Cryo-tattoo by Steve Jurvetson via Flickr


Connectome By jgmarcelino from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (Webs'r'us Uploaded by CFCF) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Longevity Pill by FFA


Ear project by Army Medicine via Flickr


Cyborg by Dan Sakamoto via Flickr


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