Ariana Eunjung Cha’s recent article in the Washington Post, “Tech Titan’s Latest Project: Defy Death,” discusses the attempts by the wealthy tech elite to defeat death by using their vast resources to fund anti-aging research. Continue reading Titans of Technology Want to Defeat Death
I and many other scientists now believe that in around twenty years we will have the means to reprogram our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, aging. Then nanotechnology will let us live forever. Continue reading Science and Immortality
[This column is dedicated to my mother, Mary Jane Hurley Messerly (1919-2005). Today would have been her 95th birthday. Death is indeed a tragedy.]
I have been engaged in a dialogue with a scientist who is doing anti-aging research. Continue reading The Overpopulation Objection to Living Forever
(This article was reprinted in Salon, November 10, 2014.)
There are serious thinkers—Ray Kurzweil, Hans Moravec, Michio Kaku, Marshall Brain, Aubrey de Grey, and others—who foresee that technology may enable humans to defeat death. Continue reading Death Should Be Optional
The Fountain of Eternal Life in Cleveland, Ohio
If death is the end of us our best response to that grave tragedy is hope and optimism. But perhaps we don’t have to die! Continue reading Can Science Give Us Immortality?