Tech Titans Look to Defy Death

Our Take!

Technological advances have frightened people for ages. When companies like Apple or Google float ideas like automated cars or augmented reality glasses, many people perceive a move toward dystopian futures where mankind is melded with machine. Images from movies like Terminator or War Games make some skeptical of groundbreaking innovation. And this idea of defying death is truly groundbreaking.

But innovation and technology should not be something we shy away from. Our lives have been made immeasurably better by advancements that may have scared people in there inception. The printing press, followed by the radio, TV, and then the Internet has infinitely expanded the information available to us. Modern medicine has also already greatly increased our lifespan. The lifespan of the average person has just about doubled since the medieval times. If these tech giants want to attempt to double it again, more power to them.

Now of course, these actions are sure to have unintended consequences. However, innovation should not be hampered by hypotheticals. We will have to wait and see.

By Sergey Brin

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city’s soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical.

It was 2004 and Thiel had recently made a tidy fortune selling PayPal, which he co-founded, to eBay. He had spent what he wanted on himself — a posh penthouse suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and a silver Ferrari — and was now soliciting ideas to do good with his money.

Among the guests was Cynthia Kenyon, a molecular biologist and biogerontologist who had garnered attention for doubling the life span of a roundworm by disabling a single gene. Aubrey de Grey, a British computer scientist turned theoretician who prophesied that medical advances would stop aging.  And Larry Page, co-founder of an Internet search darling called Google that had big ideas to improve health through the terabytes of data it was collecting. READ MORE …