by Ian Mosley
The London Daily Mail reports: “It’s a milestone that few, if any, of us expect to reach. But the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born, according to a leading scientist. Even more incredibly, Aubrey De Grey believes that the first person to live for 1,000 years will be born in the next two decades. The biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research claims that within his own lifetime doctors will have all the tools they need to cure ageing. This will be done, he believes, by banishing all diseases and extending life indefinitely.”
Scientists have discovered that telomere chains on the end of DNA strands determine how long a cell will continue to live. Could a retrovirus be designed that repairs and extends telomere chains on old cells? It’s not that far-fetched.
Much sooner than a telomere-repairing retro-virus would be the development of suspended animation, where people could go into a deep sleep and wake up decades later while aging only slightly. It seems likely that many people alive today may go into suspended animation with the hope of waking up to a society with a cure for aging.
Research on longevity is generally kept very low key and low profile—this British guy Aubrey is an exception, apparently, but most firms and nations doing human and animal longevity research have sense enough to keep it hush-hush because of the extremely serious political implications.
Those implications boil down to one central question: once the technology is attained, who gets to be immortal?
Do we really believe that the present world ruling class will make a gift of immortality to all the rest of humanity, just out of the goodness of their hearts?
Who will decide who gets to receive these treatments or magic pills or shots or whatever they turn out to be? What factors will come into play? I think we know. Money, Judaism, liberalism, political power, and connections with the present political order.
Living a long time however may not turn out to be all that they hope.
Imagine the first rich people to go into a deep sleep. They may not like what they see when they wake up. At the rate our society is falling apart, they could easily find themselves waking up in a cannibal’s pot.