Sergey Young wants to fill your Christmas Stocking with longevity – with his new book Growing Young.
What could be better than the gift of longevity at Christmas? Throw in a new mindset and practical tips to help you achieve your life extension goals and it’s a festive winner – and there’s a bargain to be had!
Longevity.Technology: Investor and thought leader Sergey Young is the founder of the Longevity Vision Fund which is built on the ethos of bringing a healthy extended lifespan to a billion people. In his book, The Science and Technology of Growing Young, together with more than 40 leading longevity scientists and entrepreneurs, Young discusses the exciting technologies that will dramatically extend the human lifespan and that are driving us towards breaking the sound barrier of longevity and exceeding today’s maximum lifespan of 122 years.
Are you ready to live to 150? It’s happening whether you’re ready or not, says Young.
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The Internet of Bodies
A new class of artificial intelligence will combine your whole genome sequence, your epigenetic assessment, your microbiome fingerprint, your family disease history, your nutrition and lifestyle choices, and all other known baseline data about you. It will cross-reference this information against diagnostic data from hundreds of millions of individuals and billions of devices around the world, plus data from hospital and health center records, mortality records, drug indications databases, and tens of millions of medical papers in the National Library of Medicine. It will then calculate all of this data together, consider every cause, condition, surgery, pharmaceutical, clinical study, risk, and statistical probability, and then make a diagnosis whose margin of error is so low that it will be statistically.
insignificant. The Internet of Body will not stop with a one-off diagnosis, though. The algorithms will continue monitoring your DIY diagnostics, learning from your health data, and offer ongoing, up-to-date monitoring for the rest of your life.
A diagnostic revolution
In fact, when you dig into the nearly sixty million lives lost around the globe each year, more than thirty million are from conditions that are restorable if caught early. Only one item on the World Health Organization’s top ten causes of death – road accidents – isn’t a partially or fully treatable condition (and that one will soon be eliminated by self-driving cars). The problem is – we just are not diagnosing people early enough.
In the Near Horizon of health care, diagnostics will move from the current reactive approach to one that is overwhelmingly proactive. It will shift from the current, error-prone model of relying on an individual doctor’s experience to one based on connectivity, data, and sophisticated artificial intelligence. And it will move from a world where diagnostic devices are large, expensive, and centrally located to one where they are small, inexpensive, and ubiquitous. As a result, your own chances of catching and stopping disease far in advance will become radically unshackled from the limitations of country, cost, caretakers, and convenience.
The list of DIY diagnostic devices available today goes on and on, with innovative new devices and upgrades now coming out every few months. In fact, the market for home health-care devices is predicted to reach $500 billion by the year 2027. What is really exciting and significant about this area, in my opinion, is how portable and affordable many of these new devices are.
EXO Imaging has developed a handheld ultrasound device that will cost a fraction of what comparable equipment costs hospitals today. Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ MinION sequencer costs about a thousand dollars, weighs less than 100 grams, plugs into a laptop like a USB stick, and sequences DNA and RNA in as little as ten minutes – just two decades ago, the Human Genome Project required thirteen years and three billion dollars to do that!
The portability and affordability of this new class of advanced diagnostic devices offer new hope for those in underserved rural communities like those prevalent in parts of Africa and Asia. Instead of being burdened by large machines that cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars and require sophisticated training and maintenance, Near Horizon of Longevity diagnostics will operate with little more than a smartphone. And, while some three billion people worldwide still lack internet access, SpaceX, Amazon, Facebook, and others have all initiated efforts to change that very soon.