Longevity Escape Velocity

LEV Chart

Aubrey de Grey is an interesting character. He’s on the leading edge of longevity research, and believes it is possible that people alive today could live to be 1000 or more. One of the central concepts of his argument that this is possible is what he calls the “Longevity Escape Velocity.”

The key conclusion of the logic I’ve set out above is that there is a threshold rate of biomedical progress that will allow us to stave off aging indefinitely, and that that rate is implausible for mice but entirely plausible for humans. If we can make rejuvenation therapies work well enough to give us time to make then work better, that will give us enough additional time to make them work better still, which will … you get the idea. This will allow us to escape age-related decline indefinitely, however old we become in purely chronological terms. I think the term “longevity escape velocity” (LEV) sums that up pretty well.

I sure hope he’s right. Here’s his TED talk from a few years ago:

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