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Anticipating a sea-change in public attitude, with Dr Aubrey de Grey

How should people interested in the future help society prepare for that sea-change transition in attitude?


As Aubrey points out, the growing realisation that therapies to reverse aging could become available within just a few decades is going to cause a profound sea-change in public attitudes. There will be a major dislocation in the kinds of things the general public desires: changes in the organisation of healthcare systems, health and life insurance, pensions, inheritance arrangements, allocation of funds to research, and other big ticket items.

In the absence of good forethought, this could be a traumatic period of time. It could make pale in comparison a lot of what currently occupies people's minds.

In this London Futurists webinar, Aubrey de Grey will be sharing his analysis of recent developments in the fast-moving field of biorejuvenation technology, offering suggestions regarding potential large changes in public attitudes, and answering audience questions.

The Zoom registration fee (UKP £2.50) helps cover London Futurists running costs. The webinar can also be viewed, without charge, on the London Futurists YouTube channel, but without the option to participate in the live Q&A.

Quick notes from the event

AirDrop campaign going very well - including an anonymous $10m donation. Hoping to hit about $20m in total.

SENS will spend the money on hard projects that are unlikely to be picked up by private sector soon including mitochondria gene backup.

Also studying impact of multiple therapies, eg mouse stem cells + senolytics, as little incentive for private sector to do this.

Other focus will be education.

He used to say that research could go 3x faster with more budget... now maybe less than 2x faster - not so rate limited.

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See also: Institute London Futurists - Looking to the future impact of technology on society and heatlh and everything

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Chief Science Officer at SENS Research Foundation. Author and advocate of ending ageing.