Is life extension theoretically and technologically possible? Is it desirable for the individual and society? What actions should we take?
The first big problem is death. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now.
It has recently been suggested that humans could live to 150 by 2020 simply by taking a certain supplement.
We might be the new generation of supercentenarians. Naturally, that comes with responsibilities and consequences.
On balance, it can be argued, life extension is a good thing and life extension research should be funded aggressively.
There is a continued role for those who loudly declaim that the goal is to control ageing absolutely.
There is now an emerging international social advocacy movement dedicated to extend healthy period of life.
Genetic studies have now firmly established that ageing is regulated by specific genes conserved from yeast to mice.
The major causes of age-related death today will be largely controlled and cured in the 2050s, at least for those in wealthier regions.
Sizable factions within the research and advocacy communities are very interested in having aging officially classified as a disease.