Jeff Bezos has so much money that he could never spend it all in one life, so he is trying to live forever – BlogNews
An everlasting billionaire with a space fetish sounds like the villain from a science fiction film with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 38%. Unfortunately, reality is creeping dangerously close to that film. Jeff Bezos, who is still alive and a millionaire, seems to be looking for a way to stay young longer or even turn back time a little.
Imagine having more money than anyone in history, but instead of tackling world poverty, you aspire to become the human equivalent of an endless gobstopper. Bezos, an avid Patagonia jacket wearer, is investing in Altos Labs, a technology firm focused on understanding ways to reverse the aging process.
A few months before stepping down as CEO of Amazon in July, Bezos published a letter to employees announcing that he would devote his time to humanitarian endeavors and passion projects, such as his space exploration business, Blue Origin. Before reversing the aging process, when a plebeian like myself thinks about the term «philanthropy,» around 2,000 systemic issues come to mind, ranging from famine and water shortages to police brutality, global warming, and why McDonald’s ice cream machines are always broken. But, hey, each to their own.
According to MIT Tech Review, Altos Labs will largely focus on «reprogramming,» a technology that appears to function by introducing proteins to a cell that effectively direct it to «revert to a stem-cell-like state,» regenerating the cells in a body to become young again. Altos is reportedly poaching scientists from other fields of research, mirroring the path of its CEO, Richard Klausner, who was once the director of the National Cancer Institute. According to the site, these geniuses are being paid up to $1 million every year. This shows that both Bezos and Altos want the best minds in the world to keep their attention on this prize.
Some of the newly wealthy scientists who are joining appear to have done strange and dangerous things with their superpowered minds. Scientists like Juan Carlos Izpisa Belmonte, a Spanish biologist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, have gone to new lengths to hurt animals. For example, he mixed monkey embryos with human embryos in order to make them live longer.
For background, this isn’t Bezos’s first foray into anti-aging science. In 2018, he invested in Unity Technologies, a biotech business whose mission is to develop and find therapies and drugs that can be utilized to prevent aging-related disorders.
If you think this billionaire is obsessed with youth, consider that Bezos isn’t the only Richie Rich to desire immortality. Other wealthy white guys, feverishly scouring time and space for the one thing they lack, include: Peter Theil, 53, is a Unity investor who has indicated an interest in parabiosis, an anti-aging technique in which the blood of young healthy people is infused into older people. Fun!
It would take years to name all of the wealthy individuals who have invested in gaining immortality, as there are stories of greedy ass folk dating back millennia. They’ve all failed, too, unless there’s an island somewhere where undying magnates are all drinking mojitos and laughing at us like they’re watching M. Night Shyamalan’s Old.
There are cautionary tales in literature about wanting to live forever, and Bezzy Boi should perhaps pick up a few of them from his own bookstore: Tuck Everlasting, a children’s novel on many summer reading lists, points out that eternal life may be lonely and may cause a person to waste their time while they’re among the living. Drew Magary’s 2011 novel The Postmortal depicts how, if most of us could live forever, we would eventually run out of space and food, because no one wants to die, yet we all probably will. Other works, such as the television shows Westworld and Watchmen, warn of what might happen when you try to bend nature to your will, and it’s not nice. By the way, none of these stories had a happy ending.
This is just my opinion, but I doubt Bezos cares about the average person. It’s no surprise that many of the proletariat work in his distribution center, and he hasn’t treated them correctly. As with his Freudian, phallic explorations of space travel, this is probably just another chance for him to use this reprogramming technology on himself in the future.
Maybe if Bezos just spent his time with his obscene wealth enjoying it, holding his loved ones, jet skiing like Obama — but also funding cures for diseases that make people’s lives shorter than they deserve to live — we’d be more sympathetic to his desire to stay on this planet for as long as he wants.
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