Think:Act Magazine "Digital Darwinism"
The quest for immortality
Can we influence our evolution to increase our longevity or even stop the aging process altogether?
photos by Alessandro Gandolfi
One hundred and sixty years after Darwin’s famous tome, the question is not so much how nature shapes us, but whether we can influence our own evolution. That means increasing our years on Earth – and the quality of those years, as well. From the beginning of civilization, mankind has dreamt about immortality, and now with technology some are looking at real ways to extend our life span.
Food for life
Ogimi village on Japan’s Okinawa is renowned for its high population of centenarians. Some say it’s their diet. But could their longevity be down to the local gene pool?
Facing the past
At the Human+ exhibition at the Science Gallery Dublin, a kinetic sculpture by Donato Piccolo attempted to bring Leonardo da Vinci’s Guerriero back to life.
Putting aging on ice
Cryotherapy, which lowers skin temperature to between 5 and 12 degrees Celsius, claims to activate the body’s regenerative mechanisms. Benefits are said to range from healing arthritis to slowing the signs of aging.
At a cellular level
Scientists at California’s Rubedo Life Sciences are working with mice to find if it is possible to eliminate senescent, or aging, cells from a living being. Their targets are to stop the aging of cancer cells and facilitate aging without the associated frailty.
Age-related diseases are at the center of most research into longevity. Steven A. Garan of UC Berkeley, who studies neuroendocrine aging, has spoken about the potential for biomedical science to make an impact within decades.
Some dream of “downloading” our minds into humanoids like Alter, a robot on display at Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. Could man-made bodies be the key to immortality?
Youth and beauty
Lucas Cranach the Elder’s 1546 painting The Fountain of Youth still enthralls its viewers. The appeal of staying forever young is, it seems, endlessly alluring.
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