- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (August 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465019668
- ISBN-13: 978-0465019663
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith 1st Edition
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“[D]eep and deeply fascinating. If you want something that will tickle your imagination with enticing what-ifs, in fact, then nothing could hold a candle to this book.”
“[B]rilliant…. [T]he chapters devoted to advances in regenerative medicine and the search for interventions that slow ageing are exhilarating. Growing new limbs, copying internal organs like a Xerox machine, exponential increases in computing power, better eyes and ears—I could read stories like this endlessly. We need such vision to help carry the science forward, and some of the most exciting advances in the scientific study of ageing are forthcoming. Arrison paints a realistic picture of the science driving the next longevity revolution, and makes the case that, if we play our cards right, humanity will reap huge dividends for the effort. In that way, this book is the most comprehensive treatment of the socioeconomic consequences of life extension that I’ve seen…. [T]he costs and benefits of life extension and, more importantly, health extension, are subjects in desperate need of open dialogue, and Arrison begins this process with elegance and style.”
“Exponentially growing technologies such as biotech, artificial intelligence, and nanosciences are rapidly deciphering the source code for human beings. I have every expectation that this biological information will yield effective longevity strategies and therapies within the next few decades. Such fountains of youth will impact all aspects of our lives and our society. Arrison’s book is a must read for anyone thinking about the future.”
“The final chapter makes … 100 Plus must reading for anyone who wants to have a voice.”
“Ms. Arrison entertainingly chronicles efforts to conquer aging and death from antiquity to today. Food, sex, exercise and alchemy have all been employed to keep the grim reaper at bay. But technology offers the most plausible route, she says, noting that biology and computing are drawing ever closer together with the sequencing of the human genome…. [Her] sunny outlook is infectious.”
About the Author
Sonia Arrison is a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, located in Mountain View, CA. She is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and a columnist for TechNewsWorld. As a frequent media contributor and guest, her work has appeared on CNN and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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By Sonia Arrison
Published in 2011
Reviewed by Wanda J Stapleton
The author, futurist Sonia Arrison, is a Technology Analyst at the Pacific Research Institute in Silicon Valley. Her thoroughly researched book, 100 Plus, documents how and why we will all soon get the chance to live much longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. In fact, she says that the first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born.
During the Cro-Magnon era (roughly 33,000 BC) life expectancy, she says, was only 18 years. In America today, life expectancy is 80 years --- going up because of life-extending discoveries made possible by cutting-edge advances in science and technology. So, in the future, living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception.
I’ll bet we all know persons today who are age 100 or close to it. My sister-in-law in Texas is 104 years old. Some of the volunteers at a Medical Center, where I volunteer, are in their 90s. One is almost 100, and they’re all still working.
Improving health and extending life are now common by use of surgery, gene therapy, antibiotics, vaccines, vitamins and many medicines --- medicines now mass produced and inexpensive. For one example, the drug which beat malaria, a disease which once “killed more than one million people per year in poorer regions of the world.”
Speaking of surgery, we probably all know someone who has had a massive heart attack and had up to six bypasses in their heart --- bypasses made possible by stripping veins from the legs and using them for bypasses in the heart. My daughter just had that done, six bypasses. Modern medicine is truly a miracle which saved and extended her life.
Another medical breakthrough to combat heart disease is explained by former Vice President Dick Cheney. In his recently released a book titled Heart he gives details about the heart transplant he received last year (2012).
Cheney got his heart from a human donor, but the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC) NC is creating replacement body parts. This Institute reports that “our scientists were the first in the world to successfully implant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” Growing new hearts, livers, breast tissue, bone, and bladders are some of the many projects being spearheaded by Wake Forest Institute.
Surprisingly, living longer doesn’t mean a population explosion because couples are having fewer children. Many couples have fewer than two children, thus are not even replacing themselves.
One reason might be the availability of contraceptives. In fact, contraceptives are free for those who will get health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Also, children are expensive and no longer an economic benefit, which they were when labor was needed on the family farm.
In conclusion, Sonia Arrison has persuasively argued and elegantly written an important book for our time.
And Arrison takes on the arguments that we shouldn't extend our healthy lifespans with solid evidence.
Here's to the next hundred or more years!