Aging Research

Why Are Tech Billionaires Investing In Aging Research?

If we want to live a very long time – someone has to do the work to make the technology available.

It has been logically clear to me since 1974 that it is possible to remove aging in and of itself as a cause of increased risk of death or disability.

If one really does want to live a very long time, then one has to focus on all the other risks as well.

After 41 years of quite intensive investigation and contemplation, it seems clear to me that using markets to value things is the next major risk – it brings in so many incentives to short term gain over long term outcomes (at so many different levels), as well as being a disincentive to universal abundance of anything. The paradigm has passed its time of optimal utility, and is now posing more risks that benefits, with the risks increasing exponentially into our future.

So I am all for work on cures for age related risks and loss of function, and I am also a great promoter of going beyond scarcity based market paradigms, and investigating paradigms based on universal abundance, cooperation, and distributed trust networks. The only real reason to ever allow centralised control is time critical coordinated response (and even there it doesn’t perform that well – smart swarms are very efficient).
Elinor Ostrom did some great work in this area.
There is much yet waiting in Games Theory that is currently obfuscated by market incentives.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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