Saturday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: Longevity
Can biotechnology deliver a miracle cure for aging so we don't have to put on all that spandex and run, maintain a healthy diet and avoid unhealthy behaviors like smoking?
Futurists and technology optimists might say yes, but if we look at how human longevity has increased we see it has been the result of the most simple innovations -- to provide humans with sanitary living conditions and clean water to drink.
Our challenge today to increase human longevity -- particularly in the developing world -- requires simple improvements in the most basic areas. The answer to living longer in the developed world is equally simple as well. We need to avoid "diseases of society," that is to say, lifestyle habits that involve unhealthy diets and reduced physical activity.