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Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
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TheDougStone
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9/24/2013 | 1:58:59 PM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
There is some interesting research that suggests that around 65 our brains go through a physiological change similar in magnitude to the development of the pre-frontal cortex at the age of 21-25. If the person is disease free they report being able to understand aspects of time that they previously were not aware of.

I consider Google's entry into this space simply as opening up the potential for more people to experience, acclimate to, and fully utilize this potential physiologically timed change in cognitive ability.

When I talk to a teenager and try to explain aspects of cause and effect I know that there is a physiological barrier to passing that understanding along. Wouldn't it be interesting if some of the fundamental workings of the universe need to be discovered by healthy 75 year old brains?
Alex Kane Rudansky
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9/20/2013 | 2:29:40 PM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
I'm curious to see how this broad approach will pan out. To get answers, you need to ask the right questions, and it isn't clear what questions Calico is posing other than these hyped up "solving death" queries.
David F. Carr
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9/20/2013 | 1:38:47 PM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
Main motivation: the Google Guys want to live longer.
David F. Carr
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9/20/2013 | 1:30:27 AM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
Maybe the rift isn't quite as bitter or petty in the post-Jobs era?
ChrisMurphy
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9/19/2013 | 10:30:28 PM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
It sounds a bit whacky to set such a enormous goal and admit you don't know how you'll do it. It sounds like something a foundation would do more than a company. But I like it. Most of our health research is focused on what the tech industry would call "point products" -- cure this disease, replace this joint, stop this infection. This is a much broader, wellness kind of focus, a different lens for looking at what is killing us.
anon9508152970
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9/19/2013 | 10:04:35 PM
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The veterans of the war on aging realize that the greatest obstacle to the scientific conquest of this disease is public apathy. Death is too horrible to even think about. The arrival of Google's Calico business on the battlefield constitutes a significant show of force that may turn the tables on Father Time. If they can sway public opinion, it has been shown that radical life extension can be a reality in 25 years.

Aubrey de Grey the celebrated Biomedical Gerontologist has already figured out a way to end aging ASAP. The procedures are already mapped out. It is now a matter of focusing financial power on the appropriate projects and bringing the public up to speed in finding a cure for aging in our time.
Thomas Claburn
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9/19/2013 | 9:45:08 PM
re: Google Backs Calico To Extend Human Lifespans
Arthur Levinson will remain chairman at Apple while running a Google-backed company? That seems unusual, given the divide between Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt that led Schmidt to resign from Apple's board several years ago.
OtherJimDonahue
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9/19/2013 | 9:29:38 PM
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If we live longer, that gives Google more time to pitch products to us.


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