Why Tackle Aging?
“There’s too many people in the world.” It’s something you’ve probably heard people say before, or something you may have even said yourself (maybe while sitting in traffic).
But is it true? Are we overpopulated already? And wouldn’t slowing down aging just make the problem much worse? They’re valid concerns, but when we take a closer look, a more positive picture emerges.
1. Exponentially improved technologies are coming online
From renewable energy to vertical farming to gene-edited crops to lab-grown meat, technologies with the power to drastically improve our ability to support the global population are starting to mature and become genuinely viable.
2. The 11 billionth person may never be born
It’s a hotly contested topic, but a lot of demographers agree the world’s population will peak some time before 2100 then begin to slowly decline, driven mainly by people in developing countries choosing to have far fewer children. Some experts say the human population will never exceed 8 billion, some say 11 billion. Either way, with exponentially improved technologies, there’s no reason to think the world couldn’t sustain more people.
3. We will all still die (unfortunately)
This one is a bit of a downer, but it’s true. Even though we have already begun developing the first generation of therapies to reverse aging, people will still die eventually – from things like accidents, wars and natural disasters. While the future's looking bright in many ways – and solving aging will help the world in many ways – it won’t fix all of humanity’s problems.
4. Slowing aging makes a lot of financial sense
A recent study calculated a slowdown in aging that increases life expectancy by one year is worth $38 trillion to the global economy. For ten years, that increased to $367 trillion. Think of what else that money could be put towards – helping people out of poverty and expediting the commercialisation of renewable energy are two of the most obvious areas where the savings could be invested.
5. No one wants to be sick
Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s…they’re things you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, let alone your loved ones. If we had the ability to tackle aging and prevent billions of people from suffering, don’t we have a moral obligation to do just that? At AgelessRx, we don’t want to get sick, and we don’t know anyone who does.
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