Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page has set his sights on a new goal: solving death, or at least extending life well beyond what is now considered normal.
It is one of the long-term projects Page refers to as “moon shots,” a wild idea that he wants to pursue in a way that only a company with the deep pockets and the far-reaching vision of Google could do, according to a story last month in Time magazine.
Curing cancer would not be enough of a leap for Page, who is looking for an even bigger breakthrough.
“Are people really focused on the right things?” Page muses in Time. “One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you’d add about three years to people’s average life expectancy. We think of solving cancer as this huge thing that’ll totally change the world. But when you really take a step back and look at it, yeah, there are many, many tragic cases of cancer, and it’s very, very sad, but in the aggregate, it’s not as big an advance as you might think.” Page, in other words, is a man for whom solving–not curing–cancer may not be a big enough task
Do you think scientific advances in the next 20 or 30 years will be able to “solve” death, or extend human life well beyond what is considered normal today?
Do you think this project is a good idea, or do you think Google is misguided and trying to “play God”?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this!