Is there a limit to human life? Is old age a disease? Plus reprogramming aging bodies, demedicalizing death, technology that lets us speak to our dead relatives, and what really happens when you donate your body to science.
In its latest catalogue of health conditions, the World Health Organization almost equated old age with disease. Then it backed off.
Digital clones of the people we love could forever change how we grieve.
The idea that humans could be frozen and later brought back has survived for decades. The hope is still alive and even growing today—never mind that it’s still not possible.
The pursuit of immortality is getting older. So are we.
The giving philosophy, which has adopted a focus on the long term, is a conservative project, consolidating decision-making among a small set of technocrats.
Digitization can help stem the tide of entropy, but it won’t stop it.
Research labs are pursuing technology to “reprogram” aging bodies back to youth.
I visited a body farm and an anatomy lab to see what the process looks like at its best.