What are the key scenarios for the future of healthy life extension?
In this event, the Chair of London Futurists, David Wood, will highlight issues and opportunities about:
• Ongoing "business as usual" medical improvements
• Various possible engineering disruptions of the medical field
• Various possible social and political disruptions relevant to life extension.
Drawing from material from his new book, "The Abolition of Aging", the speaker will also:
• Defend his view that there's around a 50% probability that, by 2040, comprehensive rejuvenation therapies will be widely available
• Refute arguments that these therapies are impossible or that, if possible, they should be opposed on moral or philosophical grounds
• Explain the importance of the concept of the "Longevity Dividend"
• Suggest actions that can be taken to increase the probability of the success of the "rejuveneering project"
• Consider steps that we can all take to increase the chance of us living long enough to be able to reach the point of wide availability of these therapies.
There will be plenty of change for audience members to ask questions and to raise alternative points of view.
2pm-4pm, Saturday 25th June 2016.
Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.
Room B18 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.
Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.
The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.
Covering meeting costs:
A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.
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Advance praise for the book "The Abolition of Aging":
“A real tour de force”
– Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation
“An epic read with stunning references and observations”
– David Doherty, CoFounder & Director at 3G Doctor
“David Wood has provided the ultimate handbook of arguments on behalf of the arresting, reversal and even termination of aging. Wood fights ‘mortalists’ as Aquinas fought infidels. Although the book is science-led, its most striking feature is Wood’s faith in the capacity of liberal democracies to rise to the challenge of conquering mortality. A must-read for believers and sceptics alike.”
– Prof Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology, University of Warwick
“The Abolition of Aging is a truly revolutionary book, which considers the radical extension of human longevity and sheds light on the possibility of indefinite lifespans. This modern masterpiece will help us all to rethink what it means to live and die.”
– José Cordeiro, Founding Faculty at Singularity University
“David Wood has written a very important book. The idea that people in their fifties and sixties today might live to see a time when science enables them to stop aging – and indeed reverse the aging process – is astounding. Wood is a serious-minded person with solid scientific and organisational credentials, and he has studied this subject for many years. This book deserves to reach a wide audience, and we should heed his call for more research into this fascinating area.”
– Calum Chace, Author of Pandora’s Brain and Surviving AI
“Science and technology have made remarkable strides against infectious diseases in the last few decades. The next 2-3 decades could see similar progress against the diseases of aging: heart disease, cancer, dementia, and so on. Aging itself can be slowed, reversed, and even abolished. That’s the claim made by former smartphone industry executive David Wood in his impressive new book The Abolition of Aging. Wood’s message is clear: whether or not these outcomes happen depends on positive action from large number of people around the world. His book serves as a clarion call for concerted involvement by everyone concerned about a better future for humanity.”
– Zoltan Istvan, US Presidential candidate
“With his new book, David Wood shows once again his knack for clear-headed, pragmatic, open but rigorous ‘classical’ thinking (he is a Brit, after all), applied to visionary speculations on the near- and long-term future of humanity.”
– Giulio Prisco, Board Member, IEET
“This book is a thorough analysis of the background and context of probably the two of the most important questions of our time: When will we be able to control the aging process? And what would be the implications of such a development? In essence, the answer is highly likely to be sometime this century, and the implications would be far reaching. If we are to avoid highly damaging and chaotic outcomes, it is important that we all become much better informed about the issues. And, if we want to see how this development can lead to a better future for us all, there is probably no better place to start than by reading the insights of David Wood’s detailed study of the subject.”
– Dr Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Management, London South Bank University
“A perfectly-timed, well written book – could be a best seller.”
– Peter Morgan, Technical Director, Data Science Partnership
“The Abolition of Aging presents interesting new views on the topic of the prevention of aging, summarizing the entire field in a fascinating read. I hope that the book will encourage readers to participate in collective efforts, such as scientific studies, in support of life extension – something that’s very important to do at a time when fighting aging can become mainstream.”
– Alexey Turchin, Co-founder, Longevity Party (Russia)