Who wants to live forever?
For years one of my most popular blog posts has been about extending our lives, perhaps indefinitely. So I decided to do a bit of a deep dive: what are the prospects for immortality? Where is the science at? And who is driving it?
To find out, and to read my predictions for the future of life extension, download the full report below.
What did you tell me?
I started this research by putting a poll in the field to ask you how you felt about immortality. Working with Opinium Research, I surveyed a representative cross section of 2001 adults in the UK in July 2021. What you told me was fascinating…and a little scary.
One of the first questions was about whether people even want to live forever, and it turns out that most people don’t. The full data is in the report, but this graphic shows that the largest proportion of people (22%) just want to live to their natural age. Just 15% of Brits actually want to live forever.
Another question we asked was about the activities and changes people are undertaking in order to extend their lives. Lots of people have stopped smoking and about 45% of us say we’re taking regular exercise. But with two thirds of us overweight and a quarter obese, we probably need to do more. See the full data on our life changes – including the switch to a plant-based diet – in the report. The regional differences are particularly interesting.
Where things got really scary is when we asked people which life-extension technologies they would be comfortable with. 16% of people said they would want their brain transplanted into a robot body, and 20% would be comfortable with blood transfusions from younger people. The difference between men and women on this question was really marked.
Five Predictions for the Future of Life Extension
In this edited excerpt from the report, I give my five predictions for the future of life extension. To read the full predictions, and the context in which they were made, be sure to read the full report.