"It would therefore theoretically be possible to live indefinitely without getting an old body."

Take a pill, live forever


Thu, Mar 10th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Håkon Skaarud Karlsen argues that if you're alive in 30 years, there's probably a good chance that you'll be alive one-thousand years from now. According to him, the rate at which technology is progressing, treatments will be available capable of rejuvenating the body.

Normally, the remaining life expectancy of a person goes down as time passes and the person gets older. When someone is 50 years old, for example, one thinks that they have a shorter remaining life expectancy than when the person was 30. In the figure that means that the curve always slopes downward towards 0 (the horizontal line) as time passes. But in the future, better technology will cause life expectancy to start increasing: The older we get, the longer we can actually expect to live. In the figure this is illustrated by the curve turning and starting to slope upwards.

It would therefore theoretically be possible to live indefinitely without getting an old body, but not only is it possible for many of us, it is possible even if the technology isn't progressing particularly fast. For it is, like I said, not necessary for the technology that can make us younger to be perfect in 30 years, it only needs to work well enough that we can live long enough to benefit from the technology that will be developed after that. Looking at it like this, it doesn't really take all that much to get people to live for more than 1,000 years.



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