Google Exec Says We're Going To Be Able To Live To 500 Years Old
The current life expectancy will eventually be as laughable as that of centuries past, says one Google executive.
Bill Maris, who is the president and managing partner of Google Venture, recently revealed to Bloomberg that he believes medical technology will someday be advanced enough to completely nullify any condition caused by aging.
One of these pesky inconveniences is death.
If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes.
The 40-year-old made the prediction while announcing that the majority of the $425 million he has at his disposal for 2015 will go toward medical research, Fortune reports.
The forward-thinking company has already made a few healthcare-related strides.
Google's sci-fi branch, Google X, made a revolutionary leap for diabetes patients last year by inventing a contact lens that continuously tests glucose levels.
The lens is the first alternative to pricking a finger for such information.
Google also set up a mysterious medical research lab called Calico in 2013.
Its progress remains largely unknown, but the focus appears to be eliminating neurodegenerative problems like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
But these are just baby steps compared to the long-term goal of a human body capable of living forever.
We actually have the tools in the life sciences to achieve anything that you have the audacity to envision. I just hope to live long enough not to die.
He went on to cite the tremendous differences in curing diseases now compared to the past.
Maris told Bloomberg,
Twenty years ago, without genomics, you could only treat cancer with a poison. That's really different from, 'We can cure your cancer by reverse-engineering a stem cell.' You can now legitimately invest in a company that could cure cancer. In 20 years, chemo will seem so primitive it will be like using a telegraph.
His words echo those of Google director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, who has declared that immortality will be attained through two ways, according to Daily Mail.
Humans will both upload their minds onto computers and develop artificial equipment to replace any part of the body.
The former event, Kurzweil has said, could occur in as little as 30 years.