100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith

by Sonia Arrison
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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New Scientist
“[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.”

Wall Street Journal
“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.”
 
Singularity Hub
“Easy to read, and easy to understand, 100+ walks you through the incredible achievements in regenerative medicine we’ve already seen, projects them forward, and discusses the changes in environment, economy, family, and religion that will follow.... Arrison states her case strongly enough to convince almost anyone, and in a style that will be as accessible to your techno-phobic Uncle Walter as it is to your computer loving self.”
 
Garry Kasparov
“At a time when companies think only of quarterly results and politicians do not look beyond the next election, Sonia Arrison provides a fascinating look at the very long view. If mankind focuses its energy, there is no limit to our lives—or our lifespans.”
 
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.; chief science officer, SENS Foundation
“Arrison has crafted an eminently readable and informative survey of the state of play in the crusade against humanity’s oldest and greatest foe. By educating readers about both the science and the social context of the quest to postpone age-related ill-health, she has surely hastened the development of such therapies, and thereby saved many thousands of lives.”
 
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
“This much-needed book beautifully integrates the history and science (even genomics) of extending our healthy years. Arrison presents the latest of diverse data types in a very clear and engaging manner. I can hardly wait for a potential sequel—200 Plus, anyone?”
 
Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist
“Sonia Arrison’s brilliant account of how and why we will all soon get the chance to live much longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives is thoroughly researched, persuasively argued, elegantly written and rationally uplifting. This is an important and lively book.”
 
Peter H. Diamandis, MD, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation and Chairman/Co-Founder, Singularity University
“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.”
 
Washington Independent Review of Books
“The final chapter makes … 100 Plus must reading for anyone who wants to have a voice.”
 
Singularity Weblog
“The book is very well researched and deals with the most profound implications of life-extension and super-longevity.... Despite its complex topic, advanced scientific matter and hefty goals, it manages to weave the narrative in a very accessible, easy to understand and deeply engaging way. At the same time, providing a number of illuminating, counter-intuitive conclusions that only a deep, unprejudiced and honest researcher can reach.”
 
Huffington Post
100 Plus lays out the lifespan conundrum in engaging detail.... The book is chock full of stories featuring new medical and technological innovation.”
 
Ben Goertzel, h+ 
“I have to congratulate Sonia Arrison on putting together a book that is both highly accessible to newbies with no prior background in transhumanist thinking or longevity research, and also richly interesting to those of us who have [been] playing in these regions of conceptual space for a long time.... Combining common sense with appropriate invocations of rigorous research and statistics, Arrison provides the most systematic refutations I’ve seen of the standard anti-longevity arguments....  Step by step, and in an invariably good-natured and friendly way, she demolishes these arguments, making a solid case that increased healthspan is likely improve rather than degrade our emotional health and family lives and enhance our careers and economies.... I would…recommend it to anyone…who is interested in a broader understanding of the world as it’s unfolding.”
 
Bookworm Sez
“[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.”

The Futurist
“Audiences of all kinds will find 100 Plus to be a thoughtful and stimulating discussion.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019663
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet 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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