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100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, from Careers and Relationships to Family and Faithby Sonia Arrison
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Humanity is on the cusp of an exciting longevity revolution. The first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born.
What will your life look like when you live to be over 100? Will you be healthy? Will your marriage need a sunset clause? How long will you have to work? Will you finish one career at sixty-five only to go back to school to learn a new one? And then, will you be happily working for another sixty years? Maybe you’ll be a parent to a newborn and a grandparent at the same time. Will the world become overpopulated? And how will living longer affect your finances, your family life, and your views on religion and the afterlife?
In 100 Plus, futurist Sonia Arrison takes us on an eye-opening journey to the future at our doorsteps, where science and technology are beginning to radically change life as we know it. She introduces us to the people transforming our lives: the brilliant scientists and genius inventors and the billionaires who fund their work. The astonishing advances to extend our lives—and good health—are almost here. In the very near future fresh organs for transplants will be grown in laboratories, cloned stem cells will bring previously unstoppable diseases to their knees, and living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception.
Sonia Arrison brings over a decade of experience researching and writing about cutting-edge advances in science and technology to 100 Plus, painting a vivid picture of a future that only recently seemed like science fiction, but now is very real. 100 Plus is the first book to give readers a comprehensive understanding of how life-extending discoveries will change our social and economic worlds. This illuminating and indispensable text will help us navigate the thrilling journey of life beyond 100 years.
Book News Annotation:
Arrison, an academic advisor at Singularity U., posits that technology and scientific advances will allow humans to live much longer lives and will change ecological, social, financial, and religious perspectives. She considers famous stories, myths, and experiments aimed at living longer, then explains how science and technology will increase the human life span by repairing or replacing worn-out body parts, re-engineering bodies, and creating preventative measures. She addresses the issue of population growth and resources, philosophical objections to extending life expectancy, whether biological fertility can be extended, delayed marriage, how family would change, how education and retirement would be redefined, effects on religious motivation, and the scientists who have worked to lengthen the human life span. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In the United States, life expectancy at the turn of the twentieth century was about forty-five years; now it’s seventy-eight. By 2100, we should expect to be living well past ten decades. Scientific advances have brought us to the threshold of another longevity revolution. But are we ready for it?
In 100 Plus, policy analyst Sonia Arrison argues that the coming revolution will completely change the way we live, work, and play—for the better. We’ll have longer careers, more life stages, and greater wealth. Our ingenuity will ensure better nutrition, sanitation, and medical technologies, which means that more of us will become centenarians, perhaps even beyond. But, right now, we’re hardly prepared for our current longevity. This book is a road map for how we can reshape our lives, our politics, and our society to best grasp the opportunities of the future.
About the Author
Sonia Arrison is a Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute and a columnist for TechNewsWorld. Her work has appeared on CNN and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She lives in Atherton, California.
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