How Science and Technology Will Increase Life Span
NE OF HUMANITY’S greatest achievements is the extension of the average life span.1
Consider that for a person born during the Cro-Magnon era, life expectancy was a meager eighteen years.2
By the time of the European Renaissance, a person could expect to see thirty birthdays, and by 1850 that number had risen to forty-three. 3
Now, people born in Western societies can expect close to eighty birthdays and look forward to more as science and technology advance (see Figure 2.1
). Humanity persists in chasing longer life and greater health, and even though the gains so far have been significant, even more dramatic possibilities await.
We are at the cusp of a revolution in medicine and biotechnology ...