Nicole Sirotin – Technological advances will drive our quest to live longer

Medical technologies that have long been detailed in science fiction are becoming realities in the world’s laboratories and hospitals, which makes extending the average lifespan to triple digits much more viable.

Expectation is growing within medical and scientific circles that technology can “cure” the ageing process, especially considering how the rapid evolution of healthcare tools has lengthened life expectancy over the past two decades. Since 1900, life expectancy has doubled to 71.4. The first stethoscope in 1815, the X-ray in 1895, the pacemaker in 1936, the mechanical heart in 1952, DNA sequencing in 1992 and the modern-day implementation of bionic eyes for visual impairment are examples of a much broader wave of innovation.

Aubrey de Grey, the chief science officer of the Sens Research Foundation, says the first person to reach 150 is probably already alive, while scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine say the maximum global age limit is about 115.

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