Unlimited Life Expectancy – Pushing Long Life to the Limit

by Malc on December 17, 2008

Fun on the beach Every year sees an increase in life expectancy, and this rate of increase is accelerating.

For example, in the UK. Between 1981-91. Life expectancy for a 65-year-old man increased by 1.6 months. During the following decade it increased by 1.8 months. Between 1995 and 2005 the increase was 2.3 months.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=168

Will You Be Alive In 2100?

If this longevity trend continues, and most forward-thinking statisticians think it will, we will get to the point where the passing of a year brings about an increase in life expectancy of more than a year.

Raymond Kurzweil, a brilliant thinker and inventor (who some have compared to Thomas Edison for combining invention with practicality), thinks this date will arrive in only 15 years hastening in a long life for many.

http://www.kurzweilai.net

So, this means that if you can manage to live until around 2022, an unlimited lifespan is potentially possible.

Unlimited ‘Healthy Middle Age’

An unlimited lifespan may sound fantastic; but so would many other medical and technical advances have sounded to people in, say, 1960. A healthy long life is very close. It is inevitable; it’s just a matter of when.

In 1960, the Internet; heart bypass surgery; microwaves; mobile phones – would all have seemed fantastic; even unbelievable. Now, as then, we need to think ‘outside the box’ because these changes which will usher in longer and longer life are very close; I mean that we will see human living much longer in, probably, around 25-30 years.

The Future – Computers + Technology

The great changes in life expectancy we see in the 21st century are those enabled by a rapid increase in computing power combined with huge advances in biology. For example, who would have thought 20 or even 10 years ago that in the first decade of the 21st century, thousands of surgical operations would be carried out by robots controlled by humans?

The changes which science will soon bring to human longevity will result not in an extended period of old age. They will give us an increasing amount of healthy middle age.

Longer human life is about to happen: perhaps we should wish for the wisdom to use it well.


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