SWITZERLAND - Mega-Rich Want to Live Forever

Arno Froese

I’d come to Gstaad, a swanky ski-resort town in the Swiss Alps, to attend the first in-person Longevity Investors Conference. Over the two-day event, scientists and biotech founders made the case for various approaches to prolonging the number of years we might spend in good health. And the majority of them were trying to win over deep-pocketed investors.

The question is whether that’s anything more than a toast from a hotelier catering to the rich. As the field attempts to define itself as scientifically sound, plenty of “anti-aging treatments” based on little-to-no human evidence continue to enter the market. Can billions of investor money—some of it from ethically dubious sources—offer a concrete path to evidence-based life extension for all?

Speakers included billionaire 44-year-old Christian Angermayer, who said he needed to stay alive for another 50 years in order to benefit from future longevity treatments.

Such deep-pocketed individuals and groups are looking to be the biggest investors in longevity research. Most of the $4.4 billion invested over the last five years into understanding whether or not reprogramming our cells might help us live longer has gone into Altos Labs, a biotech company whose funders are thought to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.

A sense of hope and optimism was palpable at the Gstaad meeting. I got the impression that most people believed that, with enough funding, positive scientific results were just a few years away. And with that, we’d be on the road to reliably extending human health span.

Many agree that it’s the wild claims made by some—claims that we could live to be a thousand years old, or avoid death entirely—that have helped bring attention and investment to the field. But they have also tarnished its reputation as a scientific discipline. 

-www.technologyreview.com, 16 November 2022

Arno's Commentary

The excerpts from the website, technologyreview.com, written by Jessica Hamzelou, a senior reporter with MIT Technology Review, clearly shows the tendency of mankind; namely, to detour the Scripture’s ultimatum: “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, man’s life expectancy has increased somewhat dramatically in the last century. One source reveals that in 1900, life expectancy in the USA was only 43 years. Today, according to a Google search, it is 77.3 years. Rich industrial nations score highest: Japan, 85; Switzerland, 84.3; Italy, 84; Spain, 84; and Israel, 83.5 years.

These facts and figures clearly show that yet it is true that man is living longer. Why? There are a number of reasons: advanced medical science is most often named, followed by the abundance of high-quality food, and comfort of living as never before in history. That, however, does not change the Bible’s ultimate determination: “The span of our life is seventy years, or, given the strength, eighty years; but the best of them are trouble and sorrow. They pass by speedily, and we are in darkness” (Psalm 90:10, Tanakh).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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