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Longevity in the 2.0 World (eBook)

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This book is in no way a medical textbook; it only aims at providing a wide in-depth thinking about the growing life expectancy in the current digital age.

With the rising 21st century, flurries of new knowledge and technological opportunities have already merged.

Longevity has recently become a major concern in our current societies. This has long been, in no way, a new issue as life expectancy was known to rise noticeably for a long time with improving life conditions, but the present breakthroughs in science and technology of the world 2.0 have led to deep changes in our way of life so that new prospects have surged.

Now the leading key words are rejuvenation, juvenescence, ageing reversal or, bluntly, transformed, repaired, improved man.

The last part of the book will, tentatively, suggest the consequences and the foreseeable issues such a breakthrough that could afford us in a close future to come.

A question has arisen now: would this 100 years wall come down in a foreseeable future, thus opening up the way for a larger part of us to become seamlessly centenarians, instead of some individuals exceptionally favored by Nature, thus far. A kind of centenarian democratization!

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Where Does That Come From?:
    • Natural Involvements in Remote Times:
      • Living Conditions
      • What are We Aiming For?
      • Microbes and Health
      • Modern Times
    • The Birth of Investigations of the Body:
      • Toward the Era of Machines
      • The Instruments and the Discovery of the Body
      • Entering the Computer Era
      • The Fight Against Nature's Laws
    • Accumulated Medical Knowledge:
      • From Galileo to Craig Venter
      • About New Domains: Biology, Genetics, Cognitics, Artificial Intelligence
      • Intelligent Instrumentation
      • Social Behavior and Communication
  • Part 2: Medicine and Longevity:
    • Aging and Death:
      • DNA Editing and Epigenetics
      • Natural Selection and Procreation
      • The Origins of Death
      • The Uncontrollable Threat of Viruses
      • The Struggle Against Cancer
      • An Improved Man?
    • Statistics and Associated Mathematics:
      • Death Profiles
      • The Calculation of Life Expectancy
      • Recent Evolution
      • The Decline of Child Mortality in the Statistics
      • The Inescapable Shock Wave Against the Wall
      • Towards an Intelligent Medicine
    • A Foreseeable Future:
      • Previsionists vs Skeptics
      • The Contribution of Medicine
      • Those Who Take Care of Themselves vs the Others
      • The Wall Will Crash for Some; What About the Others?
      • A Possible Global Upheaval
      • The Evolution Toward the Machine
    • Age-related Ailments and Corresponding Treatments:
      • What About DNA? Is Death Programmed?
      • Other Diseases. Grafts and Implants
      • Knowledge of Brain Behavior
      • Expected Reversal of Aging
      • Will a New Era Emerge for Man?
      • What About the Contribution of Machines?
  • Part 3: Implications and Issues:
    • Issues Arising:
      • Rising Costs of Advanced Healthcare
      • Retraining, Financing and Delaying Retirement
      • Foreseeable Creation of Related Jobs
      • Global Overcrowding and the Coming of the Droids
      • The Reinvention of Consumerism and Productive Society
      • What Model and Place for the Youngers?
    • The Web and the Like:
      • The Role of the Web in the 'Death of the Death'
      • Big Data, a New World to Come
      • Google and Co., and Social Conditioning
      • Social Networks, Communication and Social Isolation
      • The X, Y, Z Generations — Will They Become Centenarians with the Help of Social Networks?
      • Key Word for the Future: Adaptability
    • Will an Artificial Being be the One to Cross the Wall?:
      • The Failing Old Rules of Procreation
      • Overpopulation vs Healthcare
      • Developed Countries vs the Others
      • Will Artificial Biological Procreation Become the Rule?
      • Dialogue with a Machine?
      • How Far Will Artificial Intelligence Progress?
      • Waiting for a Digital Life and Eternity?
      • Will Cyborgs or Androids Cross the Wall?
      • What About Energy?
  • Conclusion

Readership: General public interested in the topic of ageing.Longevity00

This book is in no way a medical textbook; it only aims at providing a wide in-depth thinking about the growing life expectancy in the current digital age.

With the rising 21st century, flurries of new knowledge and technological opportunities have already merged.

Longevity has recently become a major concern in our current societies. This has long been, in no way, a new issue as life expectancy was known to rise noticeably for a long time with improving life conditions, but the present breakthroughs in science and technology of the world 2.0 have led to deep changes in our way of life so that new prospects have surged.

Now the leading key words are rejuvenation, juvenescence, ageing reversal or, bluntly, transformed, repaired, improved man.

The last part of the book will, tentatively, suggest the consequences and the foreseeable issues such a breakthrough that could afford us in a close future to come.

A question has arisen now: would this 100 years wall come down in a foreseeable future, thus opening up the way for a larger part of us to become seamlessly centenarians, instead of some individuals exceptionally favored by Nature, thus far. A kind of centenarian democratization!

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Where Does That Come From?:
    • Natural Involvements in Remote Times:
      • Living Conditions
      • What are We Aiming For?
      • Microbes and Health
      • Modern Times
    • The Birth of Investigations of the Body:
      • Toward the Era of Machines
      • The Instruments and the Discovery of the Body
      • Entering the Computer Era
      • The Fight Against Nature's Laws
    • Accumulated Medical Knowledge:
      • From Galileo to Craig Venter
      • About New Domains: Biology, Genetics, Cognitics, Artificial Intelligence
      • Intelligent Instrumentation
      • Social Behavior and Communication
  • Part 2: Medicine and Longevity:
    • Aging and Death:
      • DNA Editing and Epigenetics
      • Natural Selection and Procreation
      • The Origins of Death
      • The Uncontrollable Threat of Viruses
      • The Struggle Against Cancer
      • An Improved Man?
    • Statistics and Associated Mathematics:
      • Death Profiles
      • The Calculation of Life Expectancy
      • Recent Evolution
      • The Decline of Child Mortality in the Statistics
      • The Inescapable Shock Wave Against the Wall
      • Towards an Intelligent Medicine
    • A Foreseeable Future:
      • Previsionists vs Skeptics
      • The Contribution of Medicine
      • Those Who Take Care of Themselves vs the Others
      • The Wall Will Crash for Some; What About the Others?
      • A Possible Global Upheaval
      • The Evolution Toward the Machine
    • Age-related Ailments and Corresponding Treatments:
      • What About DNA? Is Death Programmed?
      • Other Diseases. Grafts and Implants
      • Knowledge of Brain Behavior
      • Expected Reversal of Aging
      • Will a New Era Emerge for Man?
      • What About the Contribution of Machines?
  • Part 3: Implications and Issues:
    • Issues Arising:
      • Rising Costs of Advanced Healthcare
      • Retraining, Financing and Delaying Retirement
      • Foreseeable Creation of Related Jobs
      • Global Overcrowding and the Coming of the Droids
      • The Reinvention of Consumerism and Productive Society
      • What Model and Place for the Youngers?
    • The Web and the Like:
      • The Role of the Web in the 'Death of the Death'
      • Big Data, a New World to Come
      • Google and Co., and Social Conditioning
      • Social Networks, Communication and Social Isolation
      • The X, Y, Z Generations — Will They Become Centenarians with the Help of Social Networks?
      • Key Word for the Future: Adaptability
    • Will an Artificial Being be the One to Cross the Wall?:
      • The Failing Old Rules of Procreation
      • Overpopulation vs Healthcare
      • Developed Countries vs the Others
      • Will Artificial Biological Procreation Become the Rule?
      • Dialogue with a Machine?
      • How Far Will Artificial Intelligence Progress?
      • Waiting for a Digital Life and Eternity?
      • Will Cyborgs or Androids Cross the Wall?
      • What About Energy?
  • Conclusion

Readership: General public interested in the topic of ageing.Longevity00


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