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Humans could live up to 150 years

According to recent research, PEOPLE could live to the ripe old age of 150 – and scientists are racing to find out how.

Harvard geniuses, biohackers, and internet billionaires are all looking for ways people can crack the code of aging.

Several parties are working to make age really just a number

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Several parties are working to make age really just a number

WaitButWhy blogger Tim Urban writes, “The human body seems programmed to turn itself off at some point around the century mark, if it hasn’t already.”

And Urban is right! There are no documented cases of a person living past 122, although the oldest living person is on the road at the age of 119.

GERO.AI researchers concluded that the “absolute limit” of human life expectancy is between 100 and 150 – they reached this conclusion by screening 70,000 participants up to the age of 85 based on their ability to cope with diseases fight, the risk of heart disease and cognitive impairment analyzed.

The Conversation reported that not a single participant showed the biological toughness to live to 150 – but notes the study is limited by today’s medical standards.

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Will improvements in medicine, the environment, and technology drastically increase the average lifespan, making 150 a reality?

Brutal Biology

The human body is made up of around 30 trillion cells. Cells are constantly dying and being replaced by replicants.

Inside the cell body are chromosomes – strands of DNA that have the code for humans written on them.

At the end of a strand of DNA is a microscopic bundle of unimportant DNA, so nothing important is cut off when a cell divides.

A cell can divide about 50 times before losing its ability to replicate.

As more and more cells become ineffective and die, the signs of aging manifest themselves in graying hair, weakened bones and loss of vision.

Some theorize that this process can be stopped or reversed.

Researchers at Harvard’s Sinclair Lab write: “If DNA is the digital information on a CD, then the aging is due to scratches. We’re looking for the polish.”

dr David Sinclair, the lab’s founder and one of the leading scientists working on anti-aging technologies, conducted an experiment that restored sight in elderly mice.

The team injected the mice with a serum made up of genes that affected the DNA in the eye cells.

“Our study shows that it is possible to safely reverse the aging of complex tissues like the retina and restore their youthful biological function,” Sinclair said.

Some people don’t fight aging with tests on mice, they do it on themselves.

Dave Asprey is an author and entrepreneur who predicts he will live to be 180 due to his method of “biohacking”.

Asprey, 49, has invested over $2 million in technologies he believes will transform his biology, including stem cell injections and cryotherapy chambers.

Asprey was quoted as saying: “The things I work for are groundbreaking, some of them are expensive, some of them are free, like fasting. It’s going to be like cell phones, everyone has cell phones – everyone is going to have anti-aging. Changes can happen quickly in society.”

But even visionaries like Elon Musk fear immortality, and the billionaire suspects it could result in an older population with stagnant ideas.

digital awareness

Even though the body shuts down, there is a way of thinking that maybe humans could not just live 150 years, but live forever longer if only our consciousness could be preserved.

Our ability to get the brain to talk to a computer is currently small – we’ve deployed chips that talk to just a few hundred of the 86 billion neurons – but a Russian billionaire is trying to duplicate our entire consciousness and it upload it to a computer where it works it can live forever as a robot or hologram.

In the manifesto of the 2045 initiative, Dmitry Itskov writes: “After the resources of the biological body are exhausted, people will make independent decisions about the extension of their lives and the possibilities of personal development in a new body.”

Of course, if this idea were to materialize, you would have to abandon your current body in favor of your “new body”.

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Is this in some way a form of death? Are you rebooting at age zero after your consciousness has been duplicated? Do you ever age while living in a computer?

These are questions of biomedical ethics that are sure to be debated as the quest for extended lifespan continues both in the hospital and in the computer lab.

Asprey wears his iconic blue light glasses, which he suspects protect him from the rays emitted by screens

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Asprey wears his iconic blue light glasses, which he suspects protect him from the rays emitted by screensPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
Itskov attempts to extend human lifespan by not altering the body but copying the mind to a computer

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Itskov attempts to extend human lifespan by not altering the body but copying the mind to a computer

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