“I think science has begun to demonstrate that aging is a disease. If it is, it can be cured.”–Tom Robbins
“I’m not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”–Woody Allen
It seems as if many of the biggest players in science and digital industry are obsessed with slowing, stopping, or even reversing aging. New stories appear every day, it seems. And of course, David Wood’s comprehensive study of the issue, The Abolition of Aging, was the subject of the first two episodes of Seeking Delphi. But an editorial in Wired Magazine suggests that the moguls of silicon valley are trying to solve the wrong problem. It asserts that they should be working to improve the quality of life, not the quantity. There are good arguments both ways–reversing aging could greatly improve human health and cut costs drastically–the lions share of healthcare spending treats the diseases of aging. What do you think? The big stories this week:
- A pair of breakthroughs, one from The University Ulm in Germany, the other from the University of Ulster in the UK, suggest means of using young blood cells to provide anti-aging properties. The two studies are summarized in this article by Next Big Future.
- A study published in the latest issue of the journal Science reports that Harvard scientists have seen some of reversed aging in mice given nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+. The team was led by Dr. David Sinclair, who heads a venture to create a human grade version of the compound for clinical trials.
- Writing in Wired Magazine, Emily Dreyfus argued that huge investments in anti-aging research by major silicon valley entrepreneurs is barking up the wrong biological tree. She thinks they should be investing in better quality of life rather than increased quantity.
- As if Uber needed more problems, one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident in Tempe, Arizona. The vehicle flipped over on its side as it was involved in a crash. Uber says there were no serious injuries, but that they are suspending their autonomous vehicle project.
- The world’s first social media robodog has been created by Jason Buzi. Now we just need a robot veterinarian to take care of it. (See below).