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Jeff Bezos' new startup company aims to cheat death

By T.K. Randall
January 21, 2022 · Comment icon 23 comments

Can Jeff Bezos solve ageing ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Urcomunicacion
The billionaire entrepreneur is channeling his money into an attempt to develop immortality technology.
Mankind has been obsessed with gaining immortality for thousands of years, but even despite the incredible advances in science and medicine achieved over the last few centuries, our species still remains just as vulnerable to the ageing process as our ancestors were millions of years ago.

This could soon be set to change, however, with a growing number of wealthy businessmen funding scientific endeavours aimed at reversing the ageing process and eliminating all disease.

The latest entrepreneur to get in on the action is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who, not content with sending tourists into space, is now looking to find a way to live forever as well.
His new startup company - Alto Labs - formally launched this week and is headed up by Hal Barron, the former chief scientific officer at GlaxoSmithKline.

"I am deeply honored to have been offered this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead such a unique company with a transformative mission to reverse disease," he said.

Bezos has also recruited two Nobel prize winners - Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and Jennifer Doudna - in his quest for immortality and has revealed that the firm has already secured $3 billion in funding.

Whether or not it will ultimately succeed in its mission however remains to be seen.

Source: Futurism | Comments (23)

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Comment icon #14 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
You're deluded if you think immortality will come in the form of a cheap pill available to the masses. It will cost so much only the elite will be able to afford it - and that will be all according to plan.
Comment icon #15 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
All things start out expensive and get cheaper over time. Tis the way it goes  Also humans are way too self centered to not legislate access to that kind of tech 
Comment icon #16 Posted by moonman 3 years ago
Keep dreaming bro
Comment icon #17 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
DeBeers did not start giving diamonds away because they are sitting on the biggest diamond mine in the world, they ration them to keep the price up and advertise them as desirable and exclusive. No matter how much it costs to create or manufacture, the price is set by how much people want it or need it.  How much will the market bear is the only question. Insulin did not go down in cost . Some people need it to survive.  The inventors made the patent public domain so everybody could afford it.  That didn't work out because drug companies didn't like the arrangement.  How much did the price... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by HSlim 3 years ago
Is it only achievable by taking a ride on his dick shaped rocket?
Comment icon #19 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
Those are some good points. I guess from my expierence the middle class has basically the same healthcare as the rich here.  The poor may have a different expierence.  In terms of tech that increases life, I would assume insurance would be all about that because living people can keep paying premiums.  In terms of medical debt, if you have forever to pay it off than companies would be happy to loan the money.  In terms of politics, people are much to selfish to allow rich people to live forever while hogging the tech. People would simply legally take the tech for mass use.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
Some interesting points too.  Now, I am not against extending lifespan.  I would like to live another 200  years or more, I think.  But you give me something to think about.  Would people spend their centuries working to pay their student loans and medical bills?   Would people get so tired of it after 50-100 years that their interest and productivity would fall off? Do 400 year old people have fresh ideas at the same rate as 20 year old people? How would society change and progress without the constant input of new ideas and energy youth brings?
Comment icon #21 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
Sounds like some interesting ideas to explore in a good sci-fi book haha
Comment icon #22 Posted by Tatetopa 3 years ago
yeah, I think it would change society in unpredictable ways, it would be a good topic for a book. How about very religious people?  Would they object to extending life or find it undesirable to stay in this vale of tears? Would people feel cheated out of walking the streets of heaven paved with gold or getting their 20 virgins?
Comment icon #23 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
I feel like religion would react negatively but I think more people would inherently become less religious.  I feel like it would be more of a process of tech advances than like one magic pill though. Which makes it harder for religion to be against. 

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