Life expectancy to grow by one year per year.
By Raif Karerat
WASHINGTON, DC: Cambridge gerontologist Aubrey de Grey has admitted that while he dislikes the notion of immortality, there’s no denying it will be a reality in the near future. In fact, with in an interview with Motherboard, the scientist stated it is likely the first human being who will achieve the feat of perpetual life has already been born.
“The first thing I want to do is get rid of the use of this word immortality, because it’s enormously damaging, it is not just wrong, it is damaging,” de Grey told Motherboard. “It means zero risk of death from any cause — whereas I just work on one particular cause of death, namely aging. It is also a distraction, it causes people to think this whole quest is morally ambiguous and technologically fanciful.”
He continued: “If we ask the question: ‘Has the person been born who will be able to escape the ill health of old age indefinitely?’ Then I would say the chances of that are very high. Probably about 80 percent.”
According to The Metro, de Grey does not believe that a singular discovery will make people immortal in a single go. However, he proposed an increased life expectancy of 30 years will give gerontologists enough time to think about and bring about a series of small breakthroughs in the field.
“We will be able to keep one step ahead of the problem and keep rejuvenating the same people as long as we like. That is what longevity escape velocity is all about,” de Grey said during his interview with Motherboard.
de Grey’s theories are rooted in the idea that treatments that extend humanity’s lifespan will eventually become potent enough to match the speed at which we age.
“Life expectancy is growing by two years per decade at the moment,’ De Grey told the Metro. “But it will be one year per year.”