I’ve observed a noticeable uptick in estimations of incredible life-extending miracles happening by 2050. “When I’m 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension, and What Happens If It Succeeds” would seem to be Johnny-on-the-spot with this trend, and with the cool stamp of TED approval, but unfortunately fell a bit short for me.
Specifically, here’s how the book breaks down:
* 1/3 of the book was about the author’s question to people he encounters, and their answers, of why/why not do they want to grow exceptionally old.
* 1/3 of the book is end notes (musings about the author’s aging family, thanks yous, citations.)
* 17% centers directly on the book’s title: 1. Science of Radical Life Extension & 2. What Happens if it Succeeds. Unfortunately, some of these sections are only a few pages long. There are pages about stories & myths about aging, for some reason.
Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (TED Books) actually treated the topic better and is rich in information (albeit lacking a coherent thesis.)
Below is the specific content breakdown for When I’m 164. And, while not focusing on anti-aging, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care looks like a good alternative to When I’m 164.