In 1850, the average human lifespan was 45 years. Now it’s almost double. But medicine is preparing for an even bigger leap. Babies being born today may be able to live up to 150 years old. Really? The fact is that this possibility is already driving the market in various areas.
PayPal co-founder, Peter Thiel, a known venture-capitalist, is part of a group of billionaires that sponsors longevity-related businesses. He considers death a problem – one that can be solved. He also says that society is making tremendous progress in this area.
There are signs of progress. Research at the University of California already shows hope. Professor Cynthia Kanion was able to double the lifespan of a virus through a small genetic mutation. The US government invested US$31 billion in 2009, of which the National Institute of Health distributed only US$164 million to biological aging research.
Sonia Arrison – author of the book 100+: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith (272 pages, Basic Book Editora) – is an enthusiast in this topic.
In an interview to CBS, she said her inspiration came from a reality TV program, when she saw a man and woman on the edge of her bed crying because they were so happy that their lives had changed and were going to get new clothes and new teeth and a bit of liposuction. Sonia kept wondering what else technology can do to change people’s lives. Eight years of research later, she finally published her book in 2013. Possibility of a centenarian life, according to her, provides a new perspective on old age, marriage, and even a third career. Click here for full interview.