The famous story of Noah from the Bible claims that he died at the age of 950 and that’s when human lifespan started declining to a mere 120 years. It’s even lesser now due to drastic climate change and increasing population but can humans actually live a healthy life till 150?
When you talk about people who are already in their 50s and 60s, maybe it’s not possible but the young children born in 2020s may be able to live till they turn 150 years old or even higher. It may sound like an ambitious claim to make but this is how it’s going to happen.
Advancements in Molecular Science
Every time we talk about the future of human race, it’s tough not to take quotes from renowned scientists and people who are making great progress in molecular science. Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn who won the Nobel Prize in 2009 was confident and claimed that increasing the average human lifespan is not an unrealistic or visionary statement to make. It’s possible, she said.
Based on her research, it’s understood that our chromosomes and DNA shorten as we age which eventually leads to our death. The chromosomes are protected by tiny caps called telomeres and the team is working to find a way to stop the telomerase from getting damaged. The research team has managed to accomplish it in mice and soon human experiments will prove they are indeed right.
Medical Technologies are Much Better Today
Modern medicine has come a long way since the medieval times because hundred years ago, people died in their 40s due to random accidents or diseases which could have been treated easily in today’s medical setup. When medicine is merged with technology the results are fantastic and impressive.
Using Nanobots in Medical Treatment
Nanobots, according to researchers will become indispensable in the medical field. Surgeries will be a thing of past when doctors can achieve a lot more by injecting nanobots into your body. These robots will be capable of fixing many common problems like torn ligaments, cure cancer affected areas in your body and dissolve cysts without having to physically cut open a person’s body.
The ability to treat patients of any age group without surgery will enhance the lifespan of the person. The body no longer has to direct all its efficiency at healing a damaged part. Besides, when a person feels less stressed, their chromosomes tend to age slower leading to a long, healthy life by avoiding surgeries altogether.
Connecting Virtual Reality Directly to Your Brain
Hollywood has been very creative when it comes to foreseeing every possible outcome of the future. Living your life using surrogates like in the movie “Surrogates” could drastically reduce the chances of meeting with an accident, aging body and every other harmful element found on Planet Earth.
Virtual Reality headsets are still in their nascent stage yet the ultimate goal is to infuse them to your brain to provide an immersive experience. As long as your brain believes and receives the right signals, you can actually experience the real world by using virtual reality headsets, right from the comfort of your home.
Prosthetics Will Supplement Human Organs
The term prosthetics is largely associated with robots, as you might think of robotic arms and legs. With technology developing at a rapid pace, prosthetics will soon go a long way in replacing hearts, lungs and vital human organs. Technological improvements in contact lens, AI and virtual reality will help people use man-made organs.
A United Nations report claims by 2050, at least 3 million people will live above the age of 100 years due to improved medical technologies. Technology is going to be the backbone of medical improvements with newer innovations like 3D printing that could soon help people overcome aging or slow down the process.