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Scenarios for the future of healthy life extension

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.

Meeting logistics:

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.

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Journalists are welcome to attend the meeting free-of-charge - please contact the organiser, notifying us in advance of your plans to attend.

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)

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  • David W.

    A video recording of this event is now available at Many thanks to Rich O'Regan, who directed and edited the video, and who also operated the main camera. Thanks also to Martin Dinov, who operated the secondary camera.

    July 8

    • Ted H.

      Great presentation David.

      The one critical aspect you didn't raise, is on the logic of life extension (your page 43).
      If you think about it from a "cell's eye" view, then all cellular life alive today is part of an unbroken continuum of cellular life. We are all 4 billion years old in a cellular sense.
      Sure some cells die, and some change, and every cell must carry code to allow it the possibility of living for billions of years. We just need to understand that code, and how it has been modified to create the bodies and brains that are us.

      Indefinite life is the cellular default setting.

      When I had that realisation in 1974, I knew that part of living a very long time would be solved, it was relatively simple in a sense.

      1 · July 26

    • Ted H.

      The really tricky part is dealing to all the other risk factors that exist in living.
      Once you start to seriously consider the possibility of living for thousands of years, the list of risk factors that are likely to be significant grows quite large.
      They have been my focus for most of the last 42 years, and I am cautiously optimistic that they can all be reduced to a level of risk even very long lived individuals are willing to accept.

      It is all coming together, and the idea of money does now seem to be the single greatest risk factor. We need to disinvent it - soon.

      1 · July 26

  • mariam

    Hi there, I would like to attend, but I do not have a paypal account. I am currently a Birkbeck Philosophy student, may I pay cash on the day?, Many thanks, Mariam

    May 27

    • William Y.

      Thanks David, it was just one of those London transport week-end casualties, but that is fate, or is it. Look forward to seeing you in August as there isn't a meet up in July.

      June 26

    • David W.

      Ah, an event in July (on the 16th) has just been announced:­

      1 · July 1

  • Greg P.

    Super interesting talk and really well run event.

    2 · June 27

  • Ruth R

    Interesting and thought-provoking - David Wood is an extremely good speaker!

    5 · June 25

  • Alan B.

    Unfortunately I cannot attend today (I had a previous commitment to sing in a choir concert). I'm especially sad to miss this particular meetup because I always love hearing David's inspiring, generous, and lucid communication. I know this is a special one for you today David - best of luck with it.

    1 · June 25

  • Ted H.

    The issues covered in this post and the reply to comment seem central to any such discussion:

    May 27

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