Future Tech: What the future of ageing will look like

Have you ever thought what it would be like if you could live forever? What would you do with your immortality? Well let’s not go that far. In this episode, I talk about breakthrough techniques in the cell-ageing process that will stave off the diseases of old age by restoring the function of older cells and reducing their biological age. Without getting too scientific, I dive into the promises of healing wounds, and obliterating diseases with rejuvenated cells. The fun part is, what does this mean for our lifespan getting an extra 30 years or so?

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It’s hard to imagine we live in a day and age where they’ve found techniques that can restore the function of older cells using these newer cells, which reduces our biological age. It might sound like sci-fi but it’s not , it’s real. And some of these techniques will heal our wounds faster or just obliterate diseases completely by using rejuvenated cells. So, one of the things I want to really kind of start off with is the fact that the mindset I’m noticing people like Jeff Bezos and other notable billionaires who are pouring billions of dollars into this age related research, is they’re using a longevity mindset. And I found this longevity mindset, outlook or lifestyle very interesting, because I feel like I’ve been doing some sort of version of it. And I’m curious if you guys do too, so what the longevity mindset is, it’s basically that death is inevitable, like we’re all gonna get older, we’re all gonna die. But there’s a moment when we kind of convert from being youthful to adult like an old right. And the longevity mindset is to hang on to that youthful sensibility and youthful, physical and mental well being as long as possible. This isn’t just your health, right? This is your mindset. So it’s, who do you connect with community wise? What kind of stuff are you engaging in? Are you reading books or watching movies? Are you trolling people on Facebook or Twitter? What are your sleep, diet and exercise habits?

Now if you’ve listened to my podcast before, not futuretech but other episodes of my regular podcast, you’ve heard me talk about exercising regularly, doing yoga, meditation, and sleeping well. And of course, dieting. And diet is a nasty word to me because I don’t feel like I want a diet. I just feel like I eat really healthy and there’s a difference, because diets are specific to whoever invented the diet or whoever came up with the diet. Eating healthy is common sense to me. Just eating plant based foods, you know, don’t eat processed junk. Now, people don’t understand or realize or they don’t care about this, but the foods that you put into your body are either destroying it or helping. So you have to ask yourself, do you want to live 30 years longer than most people? Then you better be eating healthy foods. You better be getting proper sleep, and you have to exercise. I go for multiple walks a day. I do yoga, I do resistance band training, and walk my little dog Wolfie. And I’m constantly staying active. So that’s the longevity mindset. It’s basically trying to keep your body as youthful as possible. Your mind is useful as part of being as youthful as possible, and just trying to extend your life by being as healthy as possible. Now we go into the cells, right? The stem cells, rejuvenated cells.

Theoretically, I’m not a scientist, but from what I understand from the research I’ve done in the things I’ve read. They’re taking youthful cells and putting them into a body of an animal or human that has older damaged cells, whether it’s cancer or Alzheimer’s or some, you know, disease, maybe muscular dystrophy or something. And these cells are rejuvenating the older cells, which then makes them youthful and new and not damaged. So maybe what they’re saying is they can repair eyesight. So if you’re blind, and your eyes have damaged cells, they can inject new rejuvenated cells and give you sight or hearing or maybe you’re paralyzed and it can rejuvenate your spinal cord or any other muscles around the cells that are damaged. Again, I’m not a scientist, but what does this really mean? And I think the future of aging here’s what I think it looks like. I think it looks like if you have the means to have an AI robot, which is a medical robot in your home, and you have some sort of device, you know, we’ll talk about it as let’s say it’s like a bay or a docking station or something for your body where you can lay down. It can scan your body for any ailments, diseases. or issues that you have. And this AI doctor can perform different techniques or experiments or, you know, to methods or any kind of medical diagnosis and treatments for your body to help you stay alive longer. Whether it’s replacing an organ by creating a new one, using cells or if it’s if you’re wounded and it can repair it with nanobots and stem cells and any other kind of technologies. I mean, look, we don’t know what we’re going to see in the future.

But we know that in the past 50 years, technology has advanced more than the entirety of history. combined. In the span of just 50 years. We’ve gone to space. We have the internet, we have smartphones, we have GPS satellites, we have everything. It’s crazy how we’re living in a sci fi world, so it’s only inevitable for medical and health to catch up to that. And when people see the experiments we’ve been on the International Space Station and all the scientific breakthroughs that were happening with you know, vaccines being created much quicker, and being able to grow food in space and other cellular scientific experiments. It’s inevitable for us to be able to live longer as well. So again, there’s these billionaires like Jeff Bezos, he invested in a company called altos labs. They’re pursuing biological reprogramming technology, which is basically turning old cells young again. So why is he putting money into this? He thinks that it’s going to work right? Some scientists are calling it the elixir of life. The Nobel Prize, agreed, you know, the medicine committee. And there’s a place called Calico labs that Google backed and they’re focusing on longevity via reprogramming as well. And there’s another one called lineage cell therapeutics backed by major corporations, and even a crypto company Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. He also invested in a company working on radically extending human healthspan using epigenetic reprogramming therapies. That’s a mouthful.

Altogether the anti-aging industry is expected to grow to over $64 billion by 2026, which is four years away. And in 2020, right when the pandemic started, it was only 44 billion so it’s a pretty big increase in money going in. These people seem to think there’s a way to at least extend our lives to make them better because a lot of people when they reach a certain age, whether it’s 40–50–60, they start to deteriorate fast. That’s when cancer comes in. That’s when people’s people need their body parts replaced. Their organs are failing. They need pills to stay alive, machines to stay alive. Why can’t we reverse that? Why can we make it where as you get older, you don’t deteriorate? You just stay healthy. Your bones don’t break, your organs don’t fail, your body stays fit well into 100 years old. So getting old doesn’t have to suck because we always say, ah, getting old sucks. I mean, I don’t want to talk about the things I’ve been dealing with but I’m in my mid 40s And I’m already dealing with some minor health issues that are kind of annoying and I’m like, I want some of these rejuvenated cells. I want to reprogram my cells if I can. I wouldn’t be a billionaire, so I can’t but I’m sure these billionaires are out there trying these techniques and breakthrough methods to make their bodies healthier and live longer. So I think when people talk about immortality or living a long life, or removing deaths from the equation, I think that they’re looking at it from the wrong perspective. I like the longevity mindset. It’s a good mindset. So think of it like this. Instead of eliminating death, which do we all really want to live forever.

If you live forever, you’re going to be bored eventually. I mean, look at all the movies we’ve seen where immortals roamed the earth for 1000 years, and they were just miserable because they were just so bored. There was nothing they couldn’t die. There was nothing they could do that would be nothing new for them to learn. So let’s look at it from the perspective of how we can live the last 30 years of our lives. And keep in mind these last 30 years are added on to our regular lifespan. So if your regular lifespan is 70–75 you live to 105 if it’s at 110 sounds crazy but mark my words, when you future people are watching this video from decades ago. You’ll say, man, he was right. We’re living till 100 years old. That’s the average lifespan. The main thing is it’s going to be a disease free organ failing free. You’ll feel good, you’ll be able to still play sports, you’ll still be able to pick up your grandkids, you’ll be able to go for runs and do everyday activities without being hindered by feeling bones and organs and diseases. So I think it’s more about removing disease. It’s from the equation removing osteoporosis and arthritis and major diseases like cancer from the equation because when you can remove these issues that are causing us to die right because it let’s put it out on the table. It’s diseases, heart attacks, strokes, you know all these tons of tons of ailments and diseases that are constantly threatening people and hurting people. Those are the culprits. Death is just the end result.

So we want to eliminate the middleman right to the things that are causing death. And that’s where I think the future of aging is headed. It’s removing all of those so that we still die, but we die in less pain and less, less problematic issues and we’re able to enjoy the last 30 years and I’ll leave this off with what are we going to do with those last 30 years? Because you’ve already lived an entire lifetime, right? We’re used to living 70 to 80 years if we’re lucky. Some people die 40–5060 There’s accidents as well. You can die even earlier. But let’s just say for the sake of this, you’re living to 70 to 80 years old, and now you’re like oh, I still got 30 years ago. What am I going to do? Well, here’s what I’m thinking. A lot of people throughout history thrived in their older years, people like Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein and you know all these older inventors and artists and creators and scientists, they really came through with these breakthroughs in their later years. Imagine if all of the people who are these artists and scientists and creators and inventors and really important people who have brilliant minds don’t die at 60 or 70 or 80. They keep creating, inventing, and keep making the world a better place for another 30 years. Imagine the immense potential of breakthroughs that will come out of that. That’s going to be called some sort of period in history, like the Renaissance and you know, all these different industrial revolutions. We’re going to have the longevity revolution or the creative revolution or some sort of new time period when this explosion in 100 year old people is helping the world solve the largest problems. And by then we might not even be on Earth.

We might even be on Mars or the Moon or other planetary systems that we’ve discovered. And by then we might be able to send people because their lives aren’t so short. So maybe a one year trip is no big deal when you have 100 years to live. Think about that too. It’s not going to be such a rush to get things done when people say in their 40s or 50s. Oh, it’s not enough time I don’t have enough time to do these things, then you got twice as long. So we’ll be able to create more and not have to worry so much about time constraining us. We’ll be able to be more creative, maybe have a family later in life if you can’t do it earlier in life. Maybe you can try new careers or try new business ideas, write a book, make a movie, make music, you can do things well into your 60s and 70s and 80s not worrying so much about your life about to end because you’ll have 30 years to enjoy the rewards and the fruits of your labor. Even though you just finished it in your 60s, 70s and 80s. It could be a whole new era of creation and I am so excited to be a part of this whole idea of the longevity mindset. Anyone living today is lucky not only because of technology we have sure there’s a bad side of it, but the good side is that we’re able to advance much quicker and we’re able to collaborate much easier. And if we can live longer in a healthy way. Where do I sign up? I want to hear your thoughts on longevity and aging and where we’re headed in the future. In the comments. Leave them. I always answer. I want to hear your thoughts. You heard mine. And as always, I will see you in next week’s episode.

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