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(Daily Mail)   Scientists think that within five years, drugs will enable a human to live to 150 years old. So much for early retirement   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 141
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2013-03-10 10:16:36 PM  
Predictions five years ahead tend to be overly optimistic, while those fifty years ahead are often pessimistic. It's the compound interest problem.

Even considering that, "within five years" seems ridiculously optimistic. First of all, how could you tell? If you came up with a miracle oil for car engines, it wouldn't make cars last forever, since you have electronics and transmissions and all the rest that can break. Likewise, if you prevent signs of aging in one area of the human body -- your heart pumps as well at 120 as at 20, say -- that doesn't mean you won't suffer strokes, or cancer, or any of the other ills the human body is heir to. That's not to say it wouldn't be awesome to have a breakthrough like that, just that it wouldn't be a panacea (in the literal sense).
 
2013-03-10 11:45:41 PM  
Check out iPs from Kyoto University. They are trying to get approval for human trials this year. They are able to take a persons skin cells and transform them enabling them to repair/replace organs. Very interesting.
 
2013-03-11 12:16:02 AM  
More Resveratrol hype. Make it affordable and more people will try it. As it currently stands it's ridiculously overpriced and the health effects are not felt within weeks (if at all).
 
2013-03-11 12:19:46 AM  
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A little late for Lamech...

/so we'll all get old enough to die of cancer. great.
 
2013-03-11 12:22:54 AM  
This might help me live long enough to pay off my student loans!
 
2013-03-11 12:37:30 AM  
that's all well and good but you're still farked when the Kurgan  comes for you
 
2013-03-11 12:56:38 AM  
Great. Now the Boomers will never go away.
 
2013-03-11 12:57:13 AM  
I can't even begin to imagine the butthurt when all the programming jobs require "minimum 50 years experience with C and Unix."
 
2013-03-11 01:03:18 AM  
So, 70-80 years as a functioning, productive human being, and 70-80 as an immobile, nearly braindead vegetable being kept alive by pills and machines?

Someone get me a pack of Marlboros and a steak.
 
2013-03-11 01:29:00 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: So, 70-80 years as a functioning, productive human being, and 70-80 as an immobile, nearly braindead vegetable being kept alive by pills and machines?

Someone get me a pack of Marlboros and a steak.


this, stat!
 
2013-03-11 02:41:50 AM  
christ, i'm not even 40 yet and i'm bored. 150? eff that.
 
2013-03-11 02:42:50 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Great. Now the Boomers will never go away.


No no no. We're holding up the process until they all kick off.
 
2013-03-11 02:48:42 AM  
The major gains in human lifespan were the result of sanitation, vaccination, and the reduction of infant and maternal mortality.

Iatrogenic effects mean that if you aren't in bad shape then you probably won't benefit from contact with a doctor. I need to rummage around for the details, but even with the statin drugs it would take 50 normal people taking them for 10 years to prevent one heart attack. Hospitals with heart specialist have lower bars to getting heart treatment. More cesarians are done than are needed. Doctors can't even consistently agree on who needs tonsils removed.

I'm not some religious nut. I just think that the medical profession has managed to terrorize the populace into spending more and more. So a healthy diet includes less doctorin'.

/If you wish to kill a man hire him a doctor
//Jackson, Chavez, George Washington.
 
2013-03-11 03:20:07 AM  
I don't see what the big deal is?  People routinely lived into the 500's and beyond in the Bible.
 
2013-03-11 04:03:02 AM  
Can't wait for the inevitable "Efforts to require driver's license retesting at age 140 were soundly defeated thanks to aggressive lobbying from AARRP, the American Association of REALLY Retired People, whose spokesman said 'When someone has 120 years of driving experience that person should be given the benefit of the doubt, no matter how much blood and hair has to be hosed off their cars every morning."
 
2013-03-11 04:27:10 AM  
That's not possible. There's no one even close to 150 years old right now, so it's going to take at least 40 years.
 
2013-03-11 04:28:43 AM  
My liver won't last that long
 
2013-03-11 04:34:37 AM  
So in that type of world, would a 75 year old be middle aged?
 
2013-03-11 04:35:11 AM  
Nice, but it is not nearly as cool and exciting as 3d printing and space travel.
 
2013-03-11 04:35:28 AM  
This may be the ADHD talking, but all I got from the article is that if I drink 100 glasses of wine a day, I'll live forever.
 
2013-03-11 04:36:00 AM  
This is a Daily Mail article. How could it be truthful.
 
2013-03-11 04:36:12 AM  

ShawnDoc: I don't see what the big deal is?  People routinely lived into the 500's and beyond in the Bible.


Boooooooo
 
2013-03-11 04:37:26 AM  
Retirement? With the situation everything is in now-a-days? Just the IDEA of retirement for anyone that is currently under the age of 50 is absolutely ludicrous.

I guarantee social security and welfare will be tapped out wayyyyy before I get there.

/ the only solution is FEMA death camps for old people and bums

// or we could responsibly manage our money; FEMA death camps sounds easier and lazyier though
 
2013-03-11 04:37:49 AM  
So if they don't figure it out for 10 years, that'll mean everyone will live to 300! Yay!


(because foretelling the future has already given us flying cars and warp drive)
 
2013-03-11 04:38:05 AM  
When I think about the change that my parents (1917 - 1998 and 1923 - present) saw, and how fascinating (frightening?) that must have been, I could get excited about watching.

/from my hoveround
//at the home
///with a cute little nursie I could feel up and no one could do anything about it
 
2013-03-11 04:39:31 AM  
I in no way want to live till 150. In fact Im pretty sure I dont want to live past 60.
 
2013-03-11 04:42:37 AM  

Puff The Destroyer: I in no way want to live till 150. In fact Im pretty sure I dont want to live past 60.


Yea if they could stick the extra 70 or so years on the front end of our lives that would be awesome.  An extra 70 at the end sounds horrible.
 
2013-03-11 04:44:14 AM  
Who the heck would want to live that long, anyway?
 
2013-03-11 04:46:54 AM  

SpikeStrip: christ, i'm not even 40 yet and i'm bored. 150? eff that.


True dat.  When I'm 150, how do you off yourself with an electric car?
 
2013-03-11 04:47:03 AM  
Sigh....

We really don't need this.
 
2013-03-11 04:47:45 AM  

Puff The Destroyer: I in no way want to live till 150. In fact Im pretty sure I dont want to live past 60.


Agreed.  My body is already falling apart at 30.  I don't want to think about what kind of life I'd have if I lived past 80, let alone to 150.
 
2013-03-11 04:48:10 AM  

The WindowLicker: Yea if they could stick the extra 70 or so years on the front end of our lives that would be awesome.  An extra 70 at the end sounds horrible.


"Youth is wasted on the young."

/Don't remember who said it, but am a believer.
 
2013-03-11 04:49:33 AM  

The WindowLicker: Puff The Destroyer: I in no way want to live till 150. In fact Im pretty sure I dont want to live past 60.

Yea if they could stick the extra 70 or so years on the front end of our lives that would be awesome.  An extra 70 at the end sounds horrible.


I dunno...70 years in a North Korean forced labor camp would seem like a vacation to me. I'm sure Dear Leader would approve of my work ethic. Maybe even let me eat some shiat out of a cow's ass when I'm hungry...like every few weeks or so.
 
2013-03-11 04:51:29 AM  
Hopefully we'll all be grandfathered in when the legal drinking age is increased to 56.
 
2013-03-11 04:51:43 AM  
All I got out of the article was: DRUG ALCOHOL YOUTH SKIN AGING MICE MORE RESEARCH.

Sounds like every other scientific research findings to me.
 
2013-03-11 04:56:30 AM  
For farks sake. They wont retire and now they wont die either. At least I'll get to knock an English major out of a coffee shop job. God knows where they'll go.
 
2013-03-11 04:57:13 AM  

The WindowLicker: Nice, but it is not nearly as cool and exciting as 3d printing and space travel.


I want to watch you and QA get into a fight.
 
2013-03-11 04:59:35 AM  
It will only be available from 3D printing.
 
2013-03-11 05:00:39 AM  

Mitch Mitchell: SpikeStrip: christ, i'm not even 40 yet and i'm bored. 150? eff that.

True dat.  When I'm 150, how do you off yourself with an electric car?


Um... electrocute yourself?
 
2013-03-11 05:03:51 AM  
Do I want to fark my wife when she's 146 years old. Rhetorical.. just saying.
 
2013-03-11 05:09:32 AM  

Mitch Mitchell: SpikeStrip: christ, i'm not even 40 yet and i'm bored. 150? eff that.

True dat.  When I'm 150, how do you off yourself with an electric car?


Drive it into the bath tub.
 
2013-03-11 05:13:11 AM  
Hmm, so maybe I WILL live long enough to see Cleveland win a championship.
 
2013-03-11 05:15:35 AM  
I'm 53 and the rate that technology has changed in my lifetime makes my head spin. What it might be like in 100 years is staggering.

I had to stand in one place in my house and turn a dial to make a phone call. I had to get up and walk across the room to change the channel on my TV. If I wanted to text my friend across the country, I had to take a paper and pen and write it down and put it in an envelope and put a stamp on it and wait a couple of days. Comic books cost 12 cents!

Get off my lawn!!!
 
2013-03-11 05:18:53 AM  
If we were more concerned with discussing the best way to die, we'd have a better grasp of the best way to live. People who want to hang on to breathing, eating, and pooping are horribly off track.

I wanted to say something funny, but the thought of living to 150 pooped on my funny.
 
2013-03-11 05:19:59 AM  
Not sure if I can put up with my wife nagging for another 70 years.
 
2013-03-11 05:22:11 AM  

ShawnDoc: I don't see what the big deal is?  People routinely lived into the 500's and beyond in the Bible.


a year was only about a month back then. earth rotated faster and so on. science, read about it.
 
2013-03-11 05:27:10 AM  
100 years from now earth will be populated by little white mice.
 
2013-03-11 05:27:56 AM  
Sounds good -- if they can retard the aging process at around, say, 30 or 40. Stopping age related problems is a must, though, because why look good when you're falling apart inside?

I've always considered it a damn shame that right about the time we reach the maturity level to stop killing each other over stupid things, our bodies start degrading. Everything from heart disease to porous bones, decrease in mental clarity and loss of muscle tissue. We shrivel up and start to resemble the fetal form we were born in.

Our teeth degrade. Our sex drive degrades. We suddenly can't climb hills like we used to and often we'll develop cataracts. Our ability to consume delicious foods drops as we develop sensitive stomachs and for many, they loose the ability to control their urine and bowels. Mysterious aches and pains appear. Those of us who were athletic suddenly discover our joints are arthritic from the pounding we gave them.

Our skin sags, our muscles droop, bellies protrude and age spots appear. Our faces start to melt as if they were made out of wax.

Then, we spend a lot of time remembering our glory days, when we were kids and right up through middle age. For many of us, precious memories will vanish and we'll have gone from a respected person socially, to a wrinkled, stooped old bugger that no one actually takes seriously.

Just when we've learned what battles are worth fighting and what things to ignore.

Those 'Golden Years' for many of us will basically be a depressing, minor form of hell.
 
2013-03-11 05:30:43 AM  
Great.

Now the world will be filled with even more stubborn bloody-minded old people.
 
2013-03-11 05:30:46 AM  

SpikeStrip: christ, i'm not even 40 55 yet and i'm bored. 150? eff that.

 
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