Click me

So You Want to Live Forever? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Futurism Visit for a daily dose of the future So You Want To Live Forever? The dream of immortality is an enduring one. It's haunted the human imagination for millennia-just ask Ponce de León. But nowadays we seek the Fountain of Youth, not in the far corners of the Earth, but in the ingenuity of the human mind. Here's a look at the many ways scientists are attempting to extend human life. Take a Pill Put It in the Cloud Certain pharmaceuticals, such as the diabetes drug metformin, could extend Probably the most extreme solution to the human lifespans by up to 50%. Drug problem of immortality is to simply companies like Gero are developing new download our minds into robotic vessels. anti-aging pills which will use so-called The "Avatar Project," part of the 2045 "geroprotectors"-compounds like Initiative, is already planning to transfer carnosine, rapamycin, and metformin-to human consciousness into a non-biological extend the youthfulness of tissues well into substrate by mid-century. Aging will be a advanced age. thing of the past-but what about our humanity? Become One With the Machines Exchange It For a One solution to the Newer Model longevity problem could be Cloning and stem cell technology may enable us to grow replacement organs and the creation of human-machine hybrids or exchange them for old and damaged body "cyborgs." Companies like parts-scientists at the Wake Forest SynCardia have developed Institute for Regenerative Medicine, for artificial hearts that can instance, have already created the first keep recipients alive for up lab-grown organs to be implanted in to four years-who knows, in the future we may swap human patients. Someday we may even clone entire bodies, and simply transplant failing organs piecemeal to our brains into a newer model. become semi-immortal cybernetic organisms. Go Small Build a Better Human The Center for Nanotechnology in Society Forget the patch-up jobs-the best has targeted the ability to repair aging solution may be to simply redesign the organ systems and tissues as among the human organism at the genetic level. most important applications for this revolutionary technology. If it's ever Companies like Human Longevity, Inc. and Calico are sequencing the human feasible, tiny machines will cruise our genome and scouring its landscape for clues to the genetic causes of aging, so bloodstreams, clearing out metabolic waste, removing plaques, and combating the ill effects of senescence. we can edit them out. Manage the Problem The controversial "Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence" (SENS), supported and funded by the SENS Research Foundation, aims to combat the "diseases of aging"-attacking the individual symptoms of physiological decline so that aging becomes, at most, negligible. Some call it quackery..others say it has potential. Sources: For a mind-blowing infographic delivered to your inbox daily, visit Engineered_Negligible_Senescence_.28SENS.29 Written By Todd Jaquith & The Futurism Team

So You Want to Live Forever? [INFOGRAPHIC]

shared by emmaholland on Jun 25




Did you work on this visual? Claim credit!

Get a Quote

Embed Code

For hosted site:

Click the code to copy


Click the code to copy
Customize size