Get Ready to Live Twice as Long – to 150 Years Old!

Scientists at Singapore-based Singapore-based biotech company Gero have developed an iPhone app that accurately estimates biological aging. It discovered that life expectancy has the capacity to be almost double the current norm. The findings are based on blood samples from hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and United Kingdom.

The instrument, called DOSI, uses artificial intelligence to work out body resilience, the ability to recover from injury or disease. DOSI, which stands for dynamic organism state indicator, takes into account age, illnesses, and lifestyles to make its estimates.

If a person’s trends hold into old age, the app finds a complete loss of human body resilience won’t occur until around age 120 to 150. The study, appearing in the journal Nature Communications, also included step count data from around 4,500 American adults.

Improved nutrition, clean water, better sanitation, and the application of medical science have been key to prolonging life. Experts suspect genetic manipulation, calorie restriction, and new medicines may extend life even further.

The Gero team says as people age, they need more and more time to recover after any kind of harmful event. On average, people spend less and less time in their optimal physiological condition when they get older. The predicted weakening in the healthiest, most successfully aging individuals sheds light on why the maximum lifespan appears to plateau at 150.

I’ve often said I want to live at least to 100, just because it’s a nice round number. And I want to see what the world is like then.

And if I could live to be 150, and still be relatively healthy, then I’d probably set that as a goal.

But if you are not healthy at that age, it does make you wonder if living to that age was worth it.

You also have to wonder about eh impact that living twice as long would have on society and the financial system.

Would people still retire in their 60s? What would do for the next 80 years? And if you keep working, how will new entrants into the workplace find work?

Would Social Security run out of money long before that?

Would there be a huge spike in population because people are living longer?

What would that mean for housing and food, and the environment in general?

Will people be living on the moon?

So while science may find a way to extend life, we need to first consider the pros and cons of such a development.

Just because science can do something, doesn’t always mean it should…



70 thoughts on “Get Ready to Live Twice as Long – to 150 Years Old!

  1. I like your reason for wanting to live to be 100. It is, indeed, a nice round number. I’ve made it to my 60s, and that’s good enough for me. If I don’t live a day longer, I’ll be happy with my life span, so everything beyond today is gravy. But the anal-retentive in me, does like the idea of an evenly divisible death number. Such as 81, since that’s 9 squared. It would really bug me to die at some age like 79, or 83.

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  2. That is very true about how just because something is able to be done, doesn’t mean it should be done! I don’t need to live to 150, that really sounds too long! As long as I am healthy and enjoying life, I am fine with growing older, just not that old!
    It would be cool to see all the changes that may happen by the time I was to reach 100, as long as I like the changes!

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      1. I guess I could do a lot more hiking, if they were to invent an all-terrain walker. But that’s okay, I’m looking forward to leaving this world. I’ll bet the Other Side, if there is an Other Side, is gonna be a lot of fun.

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  3. Let’s see—how many more Borden Blather posts will it take to get there?😎 The next thing you know, somebody will break Cal Ripken’s record, and you’ll have to keep going.

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  4. Getting a telegram from The Queen on your hundredth birthday used to be a rare thing earlier in her reign. Now she’s kept busy all the time sending them out! Maybe she should change to 150 before you get the telegram!

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  5. I’ve thought a lot about this topic over the years. In my forties I was so healthy, living forever seemed like a great proposition. Now, with rapidly degenerating vision and hearing, I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll even want to continue living in my seventies. WIth that said, at 90 my father is still living a full life and other than some really sore knees, he’s physically fine. I guess I’ll just wait and see.

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    1. I guess it dependson what medical advances we see over the next few decades. If I can feel like a 20 year old when I’m 100, then I’ll want to keep going 🙂

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  6. I always said somewhere in my nineties would be fine. That is what many family members have managed to attain. But if I am not healthy and can’t have a decent quality of life, then I don’t want to just put in time like other members of my family. I agree with all the societal questions you posed regarding longer life spans. It would be very selfish of us to put such a strain on future generations.

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