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The dream of eternal life is certainly as old as humanity. In fact, we have come a little closer to it over the years, as medical advances and improvements in circumstances have already significantly extended life expectancy. And now the next decisive step is to come.

• On the way to unlimited life expectancy

Futurist and technology expert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) José Cordeiro and his co-author David Wood (mathematician and transhumanist from Cambridge University) are certain of one thing. Everyone interested will soon be able to live radically longer and even have an unlimited life expectancy. The corresponding technological revolution is taking place right now. Cordeiro explains this in an interview with watson.de.

Ultimately, he says, the main question is how to repair the damage that the ageing process does to the body. Co-author David Wood emphasises:

Research is making progress in finding ways to systematically replace, repair or reprogram this damage.

• Ageing is a curable disease

For the two futurists, ageing is a form of disease for which a cure may soon be possible. Cordeiro says:

Cell and organ rejuvenation have already been scientifically proven.
So the main thing is still to live long enough to really benefit from the powerful rejuvenation therapies that are expected.

Longevity therapies, on the other hand, will in future be a part of general social security. And instead of spending 80% of medical expenses in the last two decades of life, health care could then work in reverse – and thus become cheaper.

• Society will be completely restructured

Instead, people would invest in effective longevity therapies in their first decades, so that the whole society would benefit afterwards. After all, ageing and its consequences are under control, so that humanity can then relieve the burden on health care with a kind of ‘longevity dividend’.

The two futurists Cordeiro and Wood also see no overpopulation problem arising if death becomes truly optional in the future. What is essential, however, is a change in meat production as it has been practised up to now – to cultured meat that does not come from sentient animals. In addition, modern farming methods would work in a much more resource-efficient way.


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