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My Immortal: The Quest To Live Forever

"Eternity" by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is a collective project in which Argentine people were invited to contribute  by creating a tombstone for any living person.
"Eternity" by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is a collective project in which Argentine people were invited to contribute by creating a tombstone for any living person.

For years, Silicon Valley has funded groundbreaking scientific research about extending the human lifespan.  

From gene therapy, to molecular biology, to artificial intelligence, we know more about the aging process than we ever have. Andperhaps, we’re close to knowing how to eliminate aging entirely. 

From The Guardian:

Funded by Silicon Valley elites, researchers believe they are closer than ever to tweaking the human body so that we can finally live forever (or quite a bit longer), even as some worry about pseudoscience in the sector.

Scientists and entrepreneurs are working on a range of techniques, from attempting to stop cells aging, to the practice of injecting young blood into old people – a process denounced as quackery by the Federal Drug Administration [last year].

“There’s millions of people now who won’t see death if they choose,” said James Strole, the director of the  Coalition of Radical Life Extension, an organization which brings together scientists and enthusiasts interested in “physical immortality.”

Is immortality closer to reality than science fiction? And if humans could live forever – or at least, for a long time – how would that shape what it means to be alive?

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