Summary of living forever news from Ray Kurzweil 21-June-2013

Some more “it’s definitely going to happen” stories from Ray’s newsletter. All links get copied to their respective page for archiving.

Avert Death

New technique to Alzheimer’s restores already lost synapses – alternative to failed approaches that attack amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.

I try to avoid filling up the “avert” section with cancer advances as there are so many, but this story describes a totally novel approach using high molecular weight hyaluronan (HMW-HA) that has been determined to help the naked mole rat live cancer free.

Survive Disaster
Grand Challenge announced by NASA to find all asteroids that threaten significant human populations – one of big ones that we may need to survive however immortal we make our bodies. In fact, the longer we live, the more likely we’ll have to deal with a potential planet killer in our lifetimes.
Extend Life
Rhodiola rosea found to increase fruit fly lifespan by 24% on top of restricted calorie effect.

Survival chances improving daily

Having just mentioned in my chances of living calculation, once diseases are banished to human history, then the chance of living another year will mainly come down to avoiding accidents and disasters. As if to highlight this, today the BBC reports on work in Iceland to improve monitoring volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions. Once nano-sensors are ubiquitous natural disasters, including earthquakes, should be entirely predictable with enough time to evacuate everybody to a safe distance.