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

 

 

Sources:

 

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

 

 

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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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/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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