The quest for immortality is something fascinating that instigates scientists, which is why they never stopped looking for ways to postpone or even prevent death.
Many people would like to live forever. Since ancient Greece, humans have tried to cheat death in some way. And we pursue this feat, not only for ourselves, but also for those we love.
Now, we live in a period of biotechnological revolution, in which finding ways to escape disease and aging is just a matter of time.
But to get there, it all started in the 2010s, with longevity “therapies”. They were nothing more than body care, the adoption of good eating habits and increased attention to health problems.
We will be able to decide whether we want to live or die
And in the next decade, nanotechnology and the ability to rejuvenate are good promises in this regard. Basically, if everything goes as planned, in 2045, we will be able to decide if we want to live or die.
At least, that’s what José Luis Cordeiro and David Wood say in the book “The death of death: the scientific possibility of immortality”.
The scientists’ statement is made based on the postulate of futurist Ray Kurzweil and doctor Terry Grossman in ” Fantastic Voyage”, in addition to the combination of information and research on the search for eternal life.
Aging: Humanity’s first problem
“Humanity’s first problem is not climate change, terrorism or religions; it is aging,” says Cordeiro. In his view, immortality will be the largest industry in the world.
What other scientists say about it
Scientists say that, instead of scholars investing in research to cure diseases related to old age, or in palliative treatments, they should invest in effective studies for rejuvenation.
Also, according to Cordeiro and Wood, living longer, and younger, will bring considerable benefits, both economic and social. Humans will not age or become debilitated, in addition to being less susceptible to cancer or cardiovascular disease.
“Currently, 80% of our medical expenses are in the last two or three years of life. In the future, we will have medical expenses only at the beginning of life,” says Cordeiro.
“People will always be able to work”
“Immortality and rejuvenation solve, for example, problems related to retirement. People will always be able to work”, he continues.
This “cure” for aging is on the path determined by advances in the treatment of body cells. Especially in the case of genetic reprogramming.
Cellular reprogramming was seen in the study by scientist Shinya Yamanaka, who won the Nobel Prize in 2012. He demonstrated the possibility of making an adult cell act in the same way as a newly formed embryo.
Immortality is a good thing for those who are afraid of death. However, the authors only approach such technological advances from an optimistic perspective.
They leave open some other questions such as how much will this treatment cost and what would be the social and economic profile of the first immortal humans.
Perhaps the term “immortality” is not the most correct. People would be biologically infinite, but not immune to accidents, homicides and even suicide.
“Whoever does not want to live, can commit suicide. Suicide will always exist. But I believe that people will not want to die, they will want to live forever”, emphasizes Cordeiro.
The 57-year-old scientist believes that, with healthy habits, he will still be alive until the year that will be decisive for “eternal life”.
“Even people 60 years old and maybe 70 years old, if they reach 2029, they will be able to live indefinitely. We will still grow old, but the medicine of the future will allow us to live longer. So, I don’t think about dying, and, in the year 2045, we will have technological rejuvenation technology “, he imagines.
“In 2045, I think about being younger than today. I will probably have an age between 20 and 30 years”, completes the researcher.