I met Ray Kurzweil and his team a few times back in the early 2000’s. They were connected with the line of nutraceutical products him and Terry Grossman were about to bring to market. Being around Ray catalyzed my early interest in longevity, and while I believed there were some things you could do to very slightly move the dial on aging, I remember (at the ripe age of 30) having a distinct sense of anxiety around how far out in the future the technologies that might make a real difference seemed to be. Ray had no illusions about where the tech was back then either, his whole goal was to “live long enough to live forever”.
Now, 15 years later (and that much closer to being old), those anxieties are rapidly giving way to guarded optimism. Today, Ray’s long-term plan, based on decades-old predictions, seems order of magnitude more realistic.
In matter of a few short years, I've observed a palpable shift in the public attitude (and will) to the question of whether to fight aging. We're finally beginning to move away from general resignation to what might be characterized as a “gathering defiance”. I guess it was to be expected that the capital markets would follow, but it sure is encouraging to see them come in as heavy and quickly as the story below would have us believe.
Difficult to say what's behind the momentum, there's buzz around rapamycin and metformin, around Aubrey De Gray’s SENS Institute, and Google’s establishment of Calico. But the amount (and more importantly the growth in) money flowing into the sector is as meaningful a signal as any that aging is in for a real fight. We're waking up to the fact that Parkinson’s, congestive heart failure, opportunistic infection, and countless other causes of mortality are usually just symptoms; aging is the underlying disease.
Prioritizing the development of a cure (or effective treatments) for aging could WILL affect real, material increases in the healthspans of you and most everyone you know. And if for no other reason, a cure for aging is one of the few economic wild cards available to us that, in one good hand, could wipe the trillions we've amassed in decades of underfunded health entitlements right off the national balance sheet.
Here's an article with more: http://bit.ly/BigMoneyforAgingCure