Google creates new company to focus on extending life expectancy

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Sep 19, 2013
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  1. Google on Wednesday created a new company tasked with making improvements in human health and overall well-being. Calico will be run by Apple and Genetech chairman Art Levinson but outside of some general comments, Google didn’t delve into exactly what...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    Naive statement of the year right there. Here's the problem. Cancer isn't a disease. It's a mutation gone wrong as part of the normal part of cell reproduction. It can't be vaccinated against and can't be killed with antibiotics or antivirals because it's literally part of you; your immune system doesn't know it's bad.

    Because it occurs when cells reproduce it's basically a matter of time before you get it. Your chances of getting cancer go up with every year of your life. Of course many people die of old age before getting cancer, but it's always a possibility. Today .2% of the population under 65 has cancer. While 2.5% over the age of 65 has cancer ( What will that number be of people over 85? Or over 100? If we start living to be 150 years old we could have 30% of the population with cancer. What if we live to 200?

    The longer we live the more cancer we'll have, it's how cancer works. If you want people to live longer you have to cure cancer.

    If you want to improve the lives of millions, start with the places where life expectancy is still under 50. Kids are still dying from not having clean drinking water. Want to do something more impressive than cure cancer? How about clean water for everyone.
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  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Perhaps he's saying he does not believe cancer can be cured anytime soon so his company is not going to shoot for it...just put in a better sounding way.

    On a different note. What would impress me more than curing cancer is teaching people self-control. Teaching people to eat healthy and get off their asses seems nigh impossible, partly because its a choice.
    And while we are on well being, It would be great to resolve the issue of when to die. Modern medicine can string us along for years past what could be called "living" as long a we pump ourselves with enough drugs or support ourselves with machines. It's a tough place ethically and morally but I think most of us have seen relatives or friends who are clearly past well-being or "living" and are in a state of prolonged dying, if you will.
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  4. Earth barely cope supplying food for as many people as it is now if you cure cancer and clean water for the 3rd world country's you end up at war coz of lack of supplies in no time... What you need to do is to provide some knowledge and protection to stop that madness. Look all these kids who drink that dirty water and die of starvation they shouldn't have be born in a first place since place isn't habitable and their parents can't provide...
  5. ThanosPAS

    ThanosPAS TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +12

    So it will involve science and biotechnology and he wants to give to anyone. Let' s see, What could it be? (scratches his head). More impressive than curing cancer huh? Is he going to build Elysium?
  6. s0urce

    s0urce TS Rookie

    This is undoubtedly related to Google hiring Ray Kurzweil.
  7. No you're naive being unable to comprehend statistical information, they're aiming for health for everyone.
  8. ThanosPAS

    ThanosPAS TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +12

    wow, you 're really smart.
  9. To guest above

    "No you're naive being unable to comprehend statistical information, they're aiming for health for everyone."

    --> you're naive being unable to comprehend Mike's explanation
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    Very true. it's drilled into our heads that death is bad, but if you talk to someone who works in hospice and is familiar with death you'll get a very different story. Very often it's the family members of the sick person who are afraid of death. There are plenty of people who are ready and willing to die when the time comes.

    The problem is, who gets to make those decisions. The power of attorney, the sick person (who's probably full of medication), the spouse, or children? it's a tough subject.

    Speaking of hospice... ask a hospice nurse of their experience with cancer patients and you'll get some gruesome stories. Dying of cancer is a horrible way to go.
  11. After reading the title what comes in my mind first is google want to create a company like Sarif Industries in "Deus Ex: Human revolution"

    Human Biomechanical Augmentation coming soon! xD
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    Just saying if a company like google put their resources to solving cancer (IMO through oncolytic viruses, thats gonna be the cure) then they COULD get rid of it, then move on to the life expectancy thing.

    Getting rid of cancer will make people respect you, not necessarily making them live 2 years longer. it would also be a legacy to be proud of.
  13. Then they better invest in more food, more air, more water and more jobs as well, because there ain't enough of it to go around already.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I definitely wasnt expecting this from Google.

  15. Exactly. All a lengthening of life will create will be more famine, wars and new diseases. Not to mention a tremendous lowering of the quality of life. There are over twice as many people on this planet as their were in 1960. This can't end well. As a side note, If they do find a cure for aging and death, will we live forever? Nope. They did actuarial tables on that premise, and the average age of death would be - 456 years old ! Because sooner or later you will meet up with a fatal accident.

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