Life Extension is a term used to broadly define the emerging technologies aimed at dramatically increasing the lifespan of humans, possibly by hundreds, thousands, or an indefinite number of years. Prominent life extensionists predict these technologies still need a few decades of research, though cryopreservative methods are already commercially available for those who are likely to die before they become widely available. Personally, I believe the coming Life Extension Revolution will be the greatest achievement in human history which is why it is the subject of my next film, tentatively entitled "Project 2" which I have been preparing for a few years.
Below I have listed some important Life Extension technologies with brief descriptions and links:
Cryonics is the practice of vitrifying (essentially "freezing") a person to stop their body from decaying until they can be resucscitated in the future, presumably when the technology necessary to cure their ailment is available. It has been publically available since the 1970s but only a few hundred people have had the procedure. It is a constitutionally protected medical practice and can generally be covered by a patient's life insurance, or otherwise financed for thirty to eighty thousand dollars. As of yet, no humans have been resuscitated after vitrification, due to the fact that resuscitation technology is still under development. However, the process has undergone a series of successful tests, including one on a rabbit kidney, which was subsequently resuscitated and transplanted into a rabbit successfully, suggesting that it should likewise work with humans. The world's leading cryonics institution is Alcor.
Neuroinformatics is a field concerned with organizing mental data into a digital format, essentially a crossroads between neurology and computer science. The theoretical long-term application of such a technology would be the ability to "upload" one's mind into a computer, the advantages of this being that a backup of a person's mind (and essentially "soul") would always be available, granting essential immortality in the event that the body should be damaged. Other potential benefits include dramatically increased learning ability, transportation, the ability to program oneself to feel perpetually, exceptionally happy, etc. Those that question whether the emotional beauty and purity of life can be transcribed into a digital format should remember this question next time they are listening to their favorite song on their computer or mp3 player, noting that such beautiful music is in fact just a string of 1s and 0s.
SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) is a field of study concerned with the reversal and manipulation of the aging process on a biological level. The main goal of such research is eternal bodily youth, essentially the real-world equivalent of the fountain of youth. The Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation is Aubrey de Grey.