Christian Henrik Nesheim of I Look Forward To wrote me last week inviting me to participate in his latest futurist survey, this time on the subject of life expectancy.
The question was as follows:
In which decade do you think medicine will enable a human life expectancy of 200 years, and why in this particular decade?
I was swamped with pre-holiday work and then the holiday itself, so I didn’t get my answer back to Christian before he published responses from Aubrey de Grey (cautiously optimistic) and David Brin (skeptical).
My own response was:
It’s very difficult to pin something like this down to a decade, or even a quarter or half century. I think there are people alive today who will live to see 200 — I would like to be one of them. But when does that possibility begin to materialize? I think we might see life expectancy pass 100 by mid-century, and 100 years after that (2150) we’ll have many individuals hitting the 200 mark, and good reason to believe that others will do so.
Of course, the arrival of molecular nanotechnology or strong AI (either or both of which could happen before 2150) will make those time frames obsolete.
As always, I’m interested to learn what you think.
Before the question comes up, yes I DO believe that it’s possible to establish a life expectancy of, say, 300 even if no one has yet reached that age. If you disagree, please choose time frames that you think are appropriate.
Welcome Instapundit readers, and thanks for taking the survey. Here’s some late-breaking news that might give you cause to reconsider your answers.
“Other” responses below.