Survival and Longevity: Why Bother?

Reason, at fightaging.org, wrote a commentary that I want to share with you. Very insightful food for thought… and amazing information. I wish everyone in the world could read this. Here it is:

Live or die: why does it matter to you? Why strive, why bother? The first stoics long ago pointed out that dead is dead; fear dying by all means, but do not fear being nothing. Or, from Epicurus, we have the epitaph “I was not, I was, I am not, I care not.”

I recently engaged in a passing conversation with a young lady on the topic of the progress of medical science towards enhanced longevity.

She recognized that medicine was improving but chose to do nothing to improve the odds for her own future – to be a person who will take advantage of future medical advances when they arrive, but who is content to live whatever life and life span falls out of chance and the actions of others.

One wonders if the many people who think and act this way have an accurate picture of the suffering involved in being aged, frail, and decrepit, but it is a common viewpoint.

These folk head towards death in the distance, but feel no urgency, no urge to do anything but die alongside the rest of the herd. Yet when the damage of aging presses its claws in, these are the very same people who, decades from now, will reach out for the best medical help available.

It is a puzzle to me, the absolute contradiction of individuals who intricately plan out finances and life courses for the decades ahead in all matters except helping to build the better medicine that will ease their future.

Their view of technological progress is passive, that it is something that just happens, perhaps.

But why be different, why bother? Why survive at all, given the stoic view? Why live? Why put in all this effort for a shot at a life span far longer than the measly four score or so years that is all that most of us would get in the environment of today’s medical technology?

That is a question with no answer but the one you fill in yourself, alongside the meaning of life and the laundry list of goals you feel you are here to achieve. It is self-determination all the way down.

In the case of rejuvenation research, there are obvious and compelling reasons to work on technologies to halt and reverse degenerative aging even absent a will to avert death. Rejuvenation treatments are the only long-term reliable solution to prevent the great suffering, pain, and cost that comes with aging while still alive.

Preventing the breakdown of the body is a worthy, useful, and rational goal regardless of your position today on when you’d like to die.

Many young people express the desire to die on the same timescale as their parents, but few are ready to volunteer for heart disease, chronic pain, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease if the question is put to them.

Cryonics and plastination, the preservation of the brain and the mind it contains against a better-equipped future in which restoration is a possibility, has a different dynamic.

Because euthanasia is illegal in much of the world – a squalid state of affairs, in which disinterested bureaucrats force you into an undignified and horrible end simply because they can – cryonics cannot be used to bypass the suffering of aging. Instead the motivation here must be survival, pure and simple. The desire to live and act and see tomorrow’s news.

Here’s a post on this topic from one of the folk involved in the Brain Preservation Foundation, a group that favors plastination as an approach but runs a technology-agnostic research prize for the best contending approaches, presently vitrification and plastination. It is a reminder that there are as many views on survival as there are people willing to survive:

http://eversmarterworld.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/brain-preservation-why-bother-whats-the-value-of-this-idea/

Overwhelm from Aging… and Stuff? Here’s a Cure

Open-ended life = open-ended challenges.

Damn. I knew there was a catch to this life extension business.

If you live long enough, there’s a given: You will face your share of challenges. The only immunity to problems though, is death. Few of us choose death over challenges, so let’s aim for open-ended challenges.

Okay then, since as an extreme life extensionist, you are not immune to problems. Then why not get vaccinated against having your problems overwhelm you? Well Scooby Doo, did you know you were born with a tool to handle all your negative stuff?

Here’s your solution to overwhelm:

First, if you’re having a hard time… Smile. That’s it. Can you it? Sure you will. Then it’s easier to appreciate the humor you can find in most situations.

I have a friend who’s facing more health and financial challenges and suffering than anyone I know. And he does it with a smile. I also know a person who’s crushed by a temporary challenge that he himself created. He’s got a real victim attitude. The difference between the two is a smile.

The simple act of smiling every time you feel like frowning sets off positive chemical responses. You automatically feel more upbeat.

Science proves you’re wired for direct connections between your thoughts, emotions and your health.

We’ve all heard of the placebo effect. But I’ll bet you didn’t know that fake surgery for arthritic knees improved patients just as much as surgery. Isn’t that wild? And in more than half the clinical trials for the six leading antidepressants, the drugs did NOT outperform sugar pills.

It’s all how you look at things.

And how about this: By consciously shifting from one emotional state to another, actors in a UCLA study could stimulate or suppress their immune systems. They changed hormone levels, blood sugar levels, even wound healing abilities.

It’s all affected by their emotions, even though they faked them. So when you simply decide to be happier, you will be happier.

And it’s easy for happy people to have a sense of humor.

Did you ever hear of the nocebo effect? That’s opposite of the placebo effect. It’s a negative suggestion that can make you sick… or even worse. People have predictably died right on time after their doctors told them they had X amount of days or months to live… even when the diagnosis was WRONG.

You can live or die because you believe you’ll live or die.

In fact, OVER 75% of almost everyone’s problems stem from self-fulfilling prophesies.

So decide to have a sense of humor. People who laugh a lot shield themselves against destructive thoughts… and have more fun in the process.

You’ll probably live longer too. Optimistic people typically live 19% longer, and with better health, less pain and more energy.

Lots of studies support this.

So monitor your thoughts. You’re constantly talking to yourself. Your subconscious remembers every word, and eventually transforms those words into reality. What you say to yourself is who you are. Keep looking for humor in every situation. Think of something funny. Pretty soon, it becomes second nature.

Does this take extraordinary willpower? Happily, “no.”

Smile your way to your long and happy future.

Is Protein Aging You to Death?

New research suggests there may be benefits from minimizing consumption of animal-based protein.

A March 10, 2014 Wall Street Journal still reports on research that tells us more of what we have been hearing for decades… a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.

But have you been keeping up with the newer protein research?

It demonstrates you will die sooner if on a high-protein, low-carb diet. Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism indicate this.

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One involved an experiment conducted on mice, the other an 18-year study of humans who had divulged their dietary habits. Both studies found a strong association between longevity and a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet, although the human study bore a twist: Beyond age 65, higher protein levels appeared to promote longevity.

Higher protein intake after this age can reduce muscle wasting. This is probably due to the fact that we absorb protein less well as we age, but resistance training may offset the need for more protein if you’re over 65.

“Those high-protein diets were developed with a shortsighted vision,” said Valter D. Longo, a USC Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and the lead author of the human study. “On a high-protein, high-fat diet you can lose weight, but in the long run you may be hurting yourself.”

These studies are anything but definitive, showing only associations derived from highly limited evidence. But in gerontology, the influence of protein consumption on longevity is a hot topic.

Last year, the American Federation for Aging Research hosted a symposium on “Optimal Protein Intake for Older Adults,” featuring a panel of scientists from academia and industry. No concrete answers emerged, except perhaps that protein consumption influences health in ways that are complex.

“High protein diets may be effective to lose weight rapidly,” said Elena Volpi, a Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. “But very high protein diets may also be harmful.”

In the human study, those consuming high levels of plant-based protein had a 3x increase in cancer mortality but no higher rate of overall mortality. Consumers of animal protein had big increases in both. That suggests, as other research has shown, that there may be benefits from minimizing consumption of animal-based protein.

“These results indicate that respondents ages [50 to 65] consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein display a major increase in the risks for overall and cancer mortality,” the researchers concluded.

Dr. Steve Harris, one of the smarter M.D.s on the planet, takes a more moderate position. He says…

“I suggest you ignore the hoopla.” From his review of 64 high quality studies, he concluded a high protein intake is suggestive to inconclusive for protein intake and mortality and morbidity. He also found that vegetable protein intake was associated with decreased risk in many studies.

“That said, those 16oz Chobani Greek nonfat yogurts have 36 grams of protein(!) So if you eat more than one of those a day, you might reconsider until we know more.”

My personal comments:

Re Paleo diets: Be careful to distinguish between Paleo and Neo-Paleo. Our ancestors most likely ate little animal protein relative to their overall diet. Plants stand still and were usually abundant.

Most of their animal protein may have come from insects, since animals were hard to catch and kill back then, and many fought back.

Today however, it’s hard to go one block in either direction in populated areas of the developed world without finding a store or restaurant that sells meat. Many people who consume lots of animal protein in the name of Paleo” are NOT eating like cave men generally ate.

There’s an essential amino acid called methionine. It’s found in animal protein, often in excessive amounts, such as in egg whites and fish. Many in the field believe that an overabundance of methionine can contribute to early mortality. Conversely, moderately restricting methionine has been linked to longer mean and average lifespan in mammals.

My recommendations? Moderation and cutting back on animal protein. Limit your animal protein to 3-4oz servings. I use hemp protein powder in my smoothies.

CAUTION – Do not take this as a recommendation to load up on carbs to replace less protein. Fruits and veggies – yes. Grains – no. How about replacing excessive protein with healthy fats?

Famous Genome Scientist Targets Aging and Death

There’s a new kid on the human genome block.

Well, he’s not actually “new.” He’s 67. And he’s a quite famous scientist to boot.

He’s Dr. J. Craig Venter, best known for being one of the first two to sequence the human genome, and more recently, for creating the first cell with a synthetic genome.

He’s also a wealthy entrepreneur, the most recent in a short list to tackle aging. His plan is to do what he does best, sequencing genomes.

Last week, Dr. Venter announced founding Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI). His co-founders are Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation and co-founder of Singularity University along with Ray Kurzweil, and Dr. Robert Hariri, founder and chief scientific officer of cell therapy operations at the biotechnology company Celgene.

Their focus is aging-related diseases. And they raised $70 million in private capital, mostly from individual investors.

During an interview with GEN, Dr. Venter said “Cancer will be a significant portion of what we do, but it will be a minority of all the sequencing that’s done.

“We’ll be dealing with individuals with dementia, with autism, and hopefully a huge cohort of people that have lived a long time without disease. We will be looking broadly across the disease spectrum.”

HLI is building the largest human genome sequencing center in the world in their San Diego labs.

They will sequence genomes of 40,000 people of all ages, including centenarians its first year, and then 100,000 per year. This should result in a treasure trove of information to study aging and aging related diseases. They will uncover insights into the molecular causes of aging and age-related illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

Slowing aging could be a way to prevent many diseases. It’s the logical alternative to treating one disease a time. Still, his company will also work on treating individual diseases of aging.

They will focus on extending the healthy human lifespan using stem cell therapies and genomics to tackle those diseases of aging.

“Your age is your No. 1 risk factor for almost every disease, but it’s not a disease itself,” Dr. Venter said in an interview.

Diamandis added that their goal is to make 100 years old the new 60.

They bought $20 million worth of Illumina gene sequencing systems. Illumina, which also invested in HLI, recently announced the first ability to sequence a whole genome for under $1,000.

How to Stop Bad Habits from Sinking You

How do you develop good health and longevity habits? I came to the conclusion that it’s just like you get good at golf… or basketball, or programming, or anything. You work on it. You practice. You get a coach if you need one.

Aging people spend tens of thousands of dollars… and thousands of hours on the golf course, desperately trying to shave a stroke or so off their scores. And most of them ride carts, so the exercise benefits they get are minimal.

For the most part, they pay little attention to their health. But the difference between getting good at golf, or good at longevity habits, could be your life.

Here’s how to take your first step in getting good at health. And this is the backbone of putting most of other life’s problems behind you too.

Instead of dwelling on your problems, dwell on solutions. Bur what do we tell ourselves?

“Oh, I’m aging. I can’t lose weight.” “My looks are fading.” “I can’t help eating the wrong foods.” “I can’t get motivated to exercise.”

Well the reason you can’t get motivated is you’re thinking about not being motivated and telling yourself you can’t get motivated, and you are reinforcing that thought.

Every single cell in your body hears your thoughts. I’m not going to tell you to concentrate on getting those thoughts out of your mind. That just reinforces them. I’m going to tell you to replace those thoughts.

Replace your problem thoughts with solution thoughts. Your conscious mind can only process one thing at a time. So dwell on solution thinking. Just by putting yourself into that mindset, your whole cellular structure goes to work for you.

Your thoughts either work for or against you. Every single one that goes through your mind. There’s no neutral. With every thought, you’re either energizing yourself or prematurely aging or sickening yourself.

You weren’t born smart. We all come into life with a clean slate. Then the slate starts filling up. Everything you hear, see, do and think about. It doesn’t matter where that input comes from, whether it’s right or wrong. It programs your mind.

Many of the messages we’re bombarded with come from wrong, destructive and negative sources too. For example, how many ads and commercials do you see for fast and processed foods compared with those for whole fresh foods? The bottom line is, you didn’t necessarily know. Life’s a learning process.

So where you are might not be your fault. But once you learn wellness and longevity basics, where you will be is. Start tuning out those negative messages.

In Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100?, you’ll find seven simple steps to wellness and longevity that anyone can master. Once you grasp the basics, all you have to do is remind yourself of the ones that apply to your current challenge.

Presto. You’re instantly rocketed into a solution mode and on your way toward your goals. You, with your ~70 trillion cells, all happily pulling together along your longevity path.

Do I still think of problems? Sure. They pop into my mind. That’s only human. I just learned not to dwell on them. Start substituting solution thinking incrementally. For example, figure out how to eat better instead of telling yourself you can’t help eating unhealthy foods.

It’s liberating when you apply this concept to every one of your life’s challenges. So the next time your faced with your problem du jour, do this exercise.

The #1 Longevity Lesson that I Learned

Recently, a new friend pointed out to me that one of the biggest longevity lessons I learned through my experience was that overcoming life’s challenges has a lot to do with attitude.

I’ve been thinking about that and realized that one little step I took over thirty years ago may prove to put you on the path to extreme longevity.

An old friend used to talk about right turns and left turns. What he meant was, whatever decision you make could, and usually does affect the rest of your life and the lives of those around you. Sometimes small effects. Sometimes big. But they all change your point of reference. Sometimes not consciously noticeable… and sometimes majorly.

An opposite decision could have entirely different effects on you and others.

And this is a never ending process.

Let me tell you about one small turn in my life that brought me to where I am today, how I ended up starting this newsletter seven years ago, and how I got immersed in the pursuit of radical life extension.

You may know that I had a devastating injury a long time back that made me think my life came to an end. After a few years, I gradually regained my healthy attitude. And here’s what my early attitudinal changes grew to:

After turning into a semi-slug after I got hurt, I eventually started a local chapter of the Spinal Cord Society. Then I held a successful fundraiser for paralysis research… and realized my brain still worked.

That gradually got me out of my funk and put me back on the path to actually having a life.

Over time, I turned my efforts toward longevity and held an oldies dance fundraiser for Maximum Life Foundation. Proceeds funded our first international longevity research conference. That conference spawned a bona fide scientific roadmap to not just slow, but to actually reverse aging.

How cool is that?

One researcher, who was unknown at the time, formulated his strategy to repair the damage that aging causes during the conference.

Now he’s internationally famous, and his foundation has raised millions of dollars, funding a network of research projects at about ten major universities.

Cooler still.

The ripple effect from that conference ended up having a direct and potentially big influence on a Google funded and sponsored company dedicated to curing aging.

Overly cool.

Maybe most importantly, all this led to our funding a special advanced form of artificial intelligence that has discovered the genetic network codes for what causes inflammation, aging brain weaknesses, possibly weight loss… and aging itself.

But that’s not all.

The AI then discovered networks of natural compounds to address these issues that all too often, make life suck. After extensive testing, we recently introduced the first of these targeted and effective nutritional supplements.

I want to point out that these discoveries go far beyond what humans are capable of doing on their own.

What’s the encore performance going to be?

An AI scientist that could be hundreds of times as effective as teams of humans. Incredible, huh? Soon, we’ll start looking to a few investors for a surprisingly small amount of money to develop a working model within two years.

AI will be the tool that changes the landscape of humanity, and it’s a thrill being a part of this. AND THIS ALL STEMMED FROM ONE SMALL ACTION STEP AND ONE SMALL CHANGE IN ATTITUDE.

So. Simply put, attitude is everything.

Let me repeat that. “Attitude is everything.” What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you react to it.

Attitude is the backbone of professional and personal success too… and life itself.

It’s so important that I devoted a chapter to it in my book, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100?

In fact, in many ways, it’s the most important chapter. For one thing, the left and right turns that led to my even writing the book would not have happened if it weren’t for the single little step that led to my change of attitude.

But it’s mainly the most important chapter because it lays the foundation for your healthy longevity.

We ALL have issues holding us back from time to time. No one is exempt. Those that are able to consistently overcome are the ones who achieve everything from massive business success to managing the personal stuff that stands in the way of everything we want to do.

What stuff stands in your way?

We should all know by now what it takes to optimize our wellness. But few of us do it. If you know any of these people, have them read or reread Chapter 7.

How Do You Know Which Supplements Work?

Let me tell you about a large annual anti-aging trade show and conference. There always seems to be a new “miracle” anti-aging supplement being introduced. Doctors and others lecture for nearly a week, and the show lasts three days. Thousands attend, mostly physicians.

It’s an interesting mix of practitioners, serious scientists, some serious and not so serious participants and a few hundred companies and individuals promoting a huge mix of anti-aging products and services.

I especially enjoy meeting new people in this exciting field and getting together with old friends. Personal meetings are most stimulating, because I get to take part in brain-stretching discussions with legitimate scientists, physicians and activists. We usually discuss some of the newer products and services on the market. Some are credible, backed by scientific studies. Some are worthless snake oil. And there are some in between that I just can’t figure out. I’m not the only one either.

So out of the hundreds or thousands of anti-aging products displayed at shows like this… or especially on the Internet… how do you know what works and what doesn’t? That’s an important question, since your life may depend on it.

How’s that? Your life?

Sure. And here’s why.

As I’ve been saying for years, we are going to be able to fix the damage aging does to you one of these days. And when that happens, you, if you’re still alive, could be transformed from the old person you are growing into, to a twenty-something improved version of your former self. And then, you will essentially have a youthful open-ended lifespan ahead of you.

But whether or not you live long enough to see that day could be largely up to you. Don’t forget, your genes only account for 25-35% of your destiny. (And science is working on fixing that 25-35% too.) You largely control the rest.

That’s why knowing which supplements or medical treatments work, and which don’t, might save your life. The extra few or more years the effective ones could add to your lifespan could very well be the difference between your living long enough to take advantage of tomorrow’s life extending miracles… or just barely missing out.
enlightening conversations with several people at the event, I reached a conclusion. Maximum Life Foundation may be positioned to filter most of the anti-aging claims and information that overwhelm us. If we can precisely determine what actually works and what doesn’t, then you will have a handy source of information. It will take several months to work out the details and to determine if we have the time to do this. And if we or someone else can, you will benefit.

Meanwhile, I just finished updating my longevity book, Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100? ”New Skin. New Hair. New YOU… 7 simple steps to thrive at 100… and beyond.”

You can get a big jump on boosting your longevity by reading it. You can find a Kindle or hard copy at Amazon soon but better yet, you can have a FREE downloadable copy by going to www.MaxLifeSolution.com now.

The Best Predictor of Mortality

Use this information to guard yourself against early mortality.

We, who pay close attention to our health, are acutely aware of the major link between chronic inflammation and virtually every aging-related disease.

Last week, Reason at FightAging.org posted an important commentary on this critical topic. I have reproduced some excerpts.

Chronic Inflammation is Important in the Progression of Aging

A biological mechanism correlation between that mechanism and mortality rates.

It’s well known that chronic inflammation is a bad sign when it comes to long-term health.

On one hand, higher levels of constant inflammation are produced by conditions that are harmful in and of themselves. These include the functional decline of the immune system and an excess of visceral fat tissue and the lifestyle choices needed to produce it.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation is also harmful in and of itself. It’s a dysfunction in normal metabolism. It’s destructive to tissues, a process that contributes to the progression of numerous age-related conditions.

Here is an example that demonstrates how straightforward it is now to find good correlations between measure of inflammation and human mortality:

Simple Biologically Informed Inflammatory Index of Two Serum Cytokines Predicts 10 Year All-Cause Mortality in Older Adults

In total, 15 pathway markers of inflammation were first measured in baseline serum samples of 1,155 older participants. Of these, C-reactive protein, interleukin-1-receptor antagonist, interleukin-6, interleukin-18, and soluble tumor necrosis factor-α receptor-1 were independent predictors of 5-year mortality.

These five inflammatory markers were measured in baseline serum samples of 5,600 Cardiovascular Health Study participants.

Weighted summary scores were developed from these five log-transformed inflammatory markers, and their prediction of 10-year all-cause mortality was evaluated.

The inflammation index score that included interleukin-6 and soluble tumor necrosis factor-α receptor-1 was the best predictor of 10-year all-cause mortality in Cardiovascular Health Study, after adjusting for age, sex, education, race, smoking, and body mass index compared with all other single and combined measures.

The inflammation index score was also the best predictor of mortality in the InCHIANTI validation study.

[Thus] a simple additive index of serum interleukin-6 and soluble tumor necrosis factor-α receptor-1 best captures the effect of chronic inflammation on mortality in older adults among the 15 biomarkers measured.

A great deal of chronic inflammation is self-inflicted in this age of low-cost and widely available calories. Even small amounts of excess visceral fat tissue held for years have a large impact on health in later life.

Calorie restriction and regular exercise seem to be the optimal way to go when it comes to making the most of an imperfect biology.

As to the rest of it, the chronic inflammation that you cannot avoid because it stems from low-level biological damage to your immune system and tissues that happens to everyone, no matter how good your health. The best you can do today is to support the research that will lead to rejuvenation treatments tomorrow.

NOTE: Recent news is Artificial Intelligence research has already borne fruit on this critical contributor to premature aging. So we can already take steps besides diet and exercise. See www.MaxLifeSolution.com/InflammEx.

How Old Do You Look?

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but… probably older than you think.

Your mirror is your friend. It usually reflects a younger you. This is a proven fact. Most of us see ourselves as younger looking than we really are.

Did you ever attend any of your high school reunions? Did you ever think to yourself: “Wow, almost everyone looks so OLD!” I’ve got news for you. Your classmates were thinking the same thing. You couldn’t all be right, could you?

Sure, some looked a lot older than others. And some probably looked great. Hopefully, you’re one of the latter group. But the fact is, our self-perception of how we look is more often than not… self-deception.

The bottom line is, we are all aging. And we all look older than we looked this time last year if you look close enough. No matter how well we take care of ourselves, this will go on year-after-year until we shrivel up and die.

Unless…

…something is done about aging.

Now that I have ruined your day, let me be the bearer of GOOD news.

Something IS being done about aging.

Last Friday, I had breakfast with two prominent people in the health and longevity arena. One is a famous scientist. The other, a famous doctor who brings daily life-enhancing information to many hundreds of thousands of people.

The topic of conversation was of course… extreme longevity, including some the emerging technologies that will deliver it to us. We covered the latest advances in stem cell medicine, our most immediate path to rejuvenation.

By taking advantage of the therapies that are becoming available, and by following the advice in books such as Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100, we have an excellent chance to live long enough to become completely rejuvenated by nanomedicine… and even enhanced by genetic engineering and other technologies.

We had a lively discussion about how artificial intelligence is going to drive research forward faster than most will imagine – and shared some inside information on progress being made.

We also shared some encouraging updates on a few major players in the field and the promising directions they are taking.

So all-in-all, life is good. Optimism is running high among many of the insiders. But none of this does you a bit of good if you die before therapies are available to you… unless of course you are signed up for cryonics (another topic of our discussion).

Meanwhile, remember, how you look on the outside is a reflection of how you look on the inside. How you look on the inside reflects your lifestyle.

And one more thing. I exaggerated a bit about the inevitability of looking older a year from now. Most people will. But some will actually look YOUNGER. You can’t keep this up forever without the technologies I discussed, but you can beat back Father Time a bit by treating your body and mind with well-informed tender love and care. Continue reading

Why Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Kick Your Aging Butt in Reverse

Why Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Kick Your Aging Butt in Reverse

Sometimes I wish you could sit on my shoulder. I was treated to a personal demonstration of an artificial intelligence (AI) technology recently. It will flat change the world in ways we can’t even imagine.

My favorite of the artificial intelligence changes that will affect you and me should lock in full rejuvenation and open-ended youth and health… ahead of even my ambitious schedule.

In fact, we already have the proof of concept finished. It represents the first of several anti-aging breakthroughs that we expect to see over the next 12-18 months.

The technology I’m describing is Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

AGI is a new kind of computer application. This technology will allow computers to learn, think and respond like humans. They will exhibit REAL intelligence. Such intelligent systems are not mature yet. But the field has been progressing rapidly. The required knowledge to complete them is here. It has already led to breakthroughs in and out of biology. That’s what I experienced during the demo.

AGI is the keystone of the MaxLife Solution plan to accelerate extreme life extension capabilities. Research aims to create this broad human-like intelligence, rather than narrowly “smart” systems that can operate only as tools for human operators in well-defined domains such as tracking inventory or landing airplanes.

Imagine machine intelligence with the ability to think and learn on its own as well as humans do. That’s in our intermediate future. For example, if it gets an education equivalent to a biotech researcher, it could do the research.

The developers estimate a sophisticated working system could take less than eight years to complete. Two years later, we could potentially have a fully-trained PhD-equivalent AGI doing research. A completely autonomous “Artificial Scientist.”

Imagine a PhD lab assistant which would have total recall and tirelessly work around the clock. It would be able to download all the data it needs from the Internet almost instantaneously. It could collaborate with humans and other AGI. It could even form and test its own hypotheses. And of course, it could be quickly copied as many times as necessary. No need for 20 years of expensive schooling.

Imagine unleashing 100,000 AGI researchers. Imagine how much faster they would develop real anti-aging therapies.

InflammEx/InflaGene is the first AI biotech breakthrough. So keep posted and hang on for an exciting ride Methuselah.