Aubrey De Grey: Longevity Myth-Busting

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Do you ever wonder why it’s not everyone’s number one priority to fight the slow, unnecessarily painful, age-ridden death that we all eventually face?

Do you think the quest for a longer, healthier life is crazy, unethical, or hopeless?

Do you suspect that the reason why you refrain from dreaming up how marvelous an extended healthspan may be is due to the existential dread awaiting you upon accepting how bad death actually is?

Are you devoted to recruiting friends and family to support longevity research, sign up to cryonics, practice Caloric Restriction, etc?

If any of the above sounds like you, we invite you for an evening of Longevity Myth-Busting.

Allison Duettmann will challenge Aubrey De Grey with the top objections against longevity to be debunked and debated before opening up the floor to the public.

The goal is to create a comprehensive Longevity FAQ that tackles all things longevity from boredom and meaning, saving lives and living forever, fate and freedom of choice, overpopulation and social disparities, opportunities and risks, investment and commercialization – to tips and tricks for those who want a positive, long life.

Longevity skeptics and evangelists alike, please bring your best questions, arguments, and strategies for a healthy debate!

This evening is brought to you by

Foresight Institute, a non-profit focused on advancing technologies of fundamental importance for the future of life.

IndieBio, the world’s first accelerator devoted to startups using biology to solve the world’s largest problems.

6.30 pm – 9 pm

IndieBio, San Francisco

6.30 pm: Foresight & IndieBio community mixer

7 – 7.10 pm: Welcome with Alex Kopelyan

7.10 – 8 pm: Discussion with Aubrey De Grey & Allison Duettmann

8 – 8.30 pm: Q&A with the audience

8.30 – 9 pm: Foresight & IndieBio community mixer

Speaker Bio’s

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.

SENS Chief Science Officer and Co-founder

Dr. de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who researched the idea for and founded SENS Research Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations.

To prep, why not watch Aubrey’s TED Talk on ending aging that received over 3 mio views to date.

Allison Duettmann

Program Director, Foresight Institute

Allison Duettmann is a Researcher and Program Director at Foresight Institute. Her focus is on strategies to reduce existential risks, e.g. AGI Strategy & Coordination. At Existentialhope.com she maps promising work toward positive long-term futures. Allison holds a Summa Cum Laude MS in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics, where she developed an NLP-based ethical framework for AGI.

Alex Kopelyan

Program Director, IndieBio

Alex Kopelyan is a Partner and Program Director at IndieBio. As part of the investment team he sets direction for the portfolio, works with startups during IndieBio and beyond, and bridges the broader community of investors, academia, and industry. He holds a PharmD and has a background in clinical pharmacy, nutrition, and behavioral medicine.