100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

Synopsis

Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born. What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will you be healthy? Will your marriage need a sunset clause? How long will you have to work? Will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go back to school to learn a new one? And then, will you be happily working for another sixty years? Maybe you'll be a parent to a newborn and a grandparent at the same time. Will the world become overpopulated? And how will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife? In "100 Plus," futurist Sonia Arrison takes us on an eye-opening journey to the future at our doorsteps, where science and technology are beginning to radically change life as we know it. She introduces us to the people transforming our lives: the brilliant scientists and genius inventors and the billionaires who fund their work. The astonishing advances to extend our lives and good health are almost here. In the very near future fresh organs for transplants will be grown in laboratories, cloned stem cells will bring previously unstoppable diseases to their knees, and living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception. Sonia Arrison brings over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to "100 Plus," painting a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but now is very real. "100 Plus" is the first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds. This illuminating and indispensable text will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years."

Excerpt

Over the whole history of our world, about 100 billion human beings have been born to see and experience the wonder of life. Only 7 billion remain alive today. The rest have perished. One hundred thousand more pass away every day; the most common causes, at least in the advanced countries, are diseases related to aging. In 2011 fewer than 1 in 10,000 people lived to see their hundredth birthday. Euphemistically, these terrible things are called the facts of life. It would be far more accurate to call them the problem of death.

With piercing clarity, I still recall the day I first learned of the problem of death. I was three years old. I was sitting on a rug in the living room of my parents’ modest apartment in Cleveland, Ohio. I was at the age where I was asking my dad lots of questions.

“Where did the rug come from?”

“It came from a cow.”

“What happened to the cow?”

“The cow died.”

“What is death?”

“It means that the cow is no longer alive. Death happens to all animals. It also happens to all people. It will one day happen to me. It will one day happen to you.”

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