Scenarios for the future of healthy life extension

May 24, 2016

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 TBA (To Be Announced), Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room TBA is on the TBAth 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.

Event hashtag:

#LonFut

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£7) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room hire costs. Please pay in advance, online, after you RSVP.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 2 days before the meetup.

In case of difficulty using the meetup app to RSVP and pay, please use a laptop or desktop web browser.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment of £10 in that case can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

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

—Event Producer