How long do you want to live? Seriously. Take a moment to ponder the question deeply.
So often when I discuss my endeavor to reverse my biological age, people chuckle and suggest that merely contemplating such an undertaking is a fool’s errand. They adopt a condescending tone to educate me, explaining how it’s not possible and never will be. Their mind has been made up and there is no room to consider the possibilities. I wonder if this is some kind of evolutionary psychological protective mechanism enabling them to deal with their own “inevitable” death that prevents normally intelligent people from looking at the available evidence and having an open mind. An equally common reaction is, “Oh, that’s cool man, but I’d never want to live beyond 80 or 90.” Thus, when they ask me how long I intend to live, they consistently explode with laughter when I tell them “Oh, at least 256.”
So, how long would YOU like to live? Maybe you’re thinking, “By 90, I will be tired.” Or, “My body won’t work.” Or, “I won’t look so good.” Or, “I’ll be sick.” Or, “My mind won’t work.” But what if we could live to be 100 in the body of a healthy 30 year old? Then wouldn’t all these issues disappear? Then tell me, why would you want to die?
A friend gleefully sent me an article a few months ago that describes the assisted suicide of a 104 year old Austrian Scientist who had “lost the will to live any longer.” I think it is important to note that I often feel that way in the morning as I get ready to go to work. I am not unusual; at least in that respect. I’ve also known 16 year olds that felt similarly after a traumatic breakup with their “soulmate”. The scientist growing “tired of life” is not an issue of old age. Rather, it is a matter of several other issues we so often discuss here at RMA. Was he healthy and fit? Was he happy? Was he strong? Did his life have purpose? Did he have a strong social network? Was he mentally healthy? What did his blood labs and Biomarkers of Aging look like? These are all things we need to consider and be aware of regardless of whether we be 21 or 101. I only wish we could have helped this guy improve his biomarkers and given him hope and purpose, thereby alleviating some of the many symptoms that often accompany old age. If life has come to bore you or make you unhappy, the problem is never with life itself; rather, the problem is with YOU and it is fixable in almost all circumstances. It’s largely a matter of perspective.
The purpose of this post is NOT to try to talk anyone out of suicide. It is to underscore the fact that we are living in very strange times. There are some big changes happening now and some even bigger ones around the corner. One of those coming changes is Quantum Computing and, despite what belittlers of Biological Age Reversalism may think, it is, most definitely, going to make it possible to significantly extended life. Allow me to explain…
What is Quantum Computing?
Quantum computing is really creepy. The underlying principles of quantum mechanics essentially breaks science by defying the laws of physics. It is semi-incomprehensible. John Wheeler, an American Physicist and inventor of the term “Black Hole,” said, “If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.” Nevertheless, most experts in the field agree quantum computers will help us tackle some really big problems that our existing computers can’t even contemplate.
Quantum computing takes advantage of the strange ability of subatomic particles to exist in more than one state in a given moment. In classical computing, a bit is a single piece of information that can exist in two states – 1 or 0. Quantum computing uses quantum bits, or “qubits” instead, which can be both 1 AND 0 at the same time. Mind blowing, right? But this isn’t magic; it’s really real. At 100 qubits a single quantum computer processor would, theoretically, be more powerful than all the supercomputers on the planet combined. We may be closer to that milestone than most people think. Just last week, IBM transformatively announced the first quantum computer (20 qubits) available for commercial use. Make no mistake; a quantum revolution is upon us.
A New Cold War
It’s not just companies like Google and IBM racing to develop the first quantum computers. While the headlines are often dominated with talks of trade or proxy wars, there is a new cold war taking place right now. No, it is not a nuclear arms race. It is something much, much more powerful and equally potentially devastating. It is a race for artificial general intelligence. AGI is the precursor to The Technological Singularity, a concept often touched upon at RMA. Within the past few weeks, the President signed into law a bill creating a National Quantum Computer Program. The law “authorizes $1.2 billion over five years for federal activities aimed at boosting investment in quantum information science.” That’s 1.2 BILLION with a B.
The primary purpose of the bill is to speed to development of quantum computing. I strongly suspect the department of defense in one of its many forms is lurking somewhere behind this bill. Why is the United States government devoting so much money to quantum computing? One reason is China is set to open a major Quantum lab in 2020.  That’s a big problem for us. Oh, ya know how we think all our personal and national security data is safe because it is encrypted. “Haha,” Quantum Computers will laugh hysterically at our puny, weak, efforts to hide our sensitive personal and national data. They’ll bypass our antiquated encryption faster and more stealthily than a Times Square pickpocket can lift your wallet. We can’t even begin to contemplate the weapons systems that quantum computing will build.
I literally began giggling uncontrollably like a mad scientist as I read the headline “Congress Passes 1.2 Billion Quantum Computing Bill”! Why? Because the problem with fighting aging is that is damn near impossible to raise serious money to fight it. Cancer. No problem. Aids, sure, tons of money to go around for that. But when an academic scientist tells a wealthy philanthropist or government agency they want to destroy death, these potential benefactors laugh and slam their wallets shut. There are a few great organizations out there trying to raise money and I hope those of you who have money to burn donate some to this cause. SENS, Aubrey DeGray’s organization, is a fantastic organization created to defeating aging. But to mount a serious offensive against death, we don’t need to raise millions. We need billions and maybe trillions. Those kind of dollar amounts typically only come from governments, not individuals. I’m thrilled because an investment in quantum computing is indirectly an investment in biological aging reversal and the government is finally getting in on it.
Computing Advances are Exponential, Not Linear
When I think of exponential growth vs. linear growth, I am fondly reminded of my father’s war against dandelions when I was growing up. If the spring begins with one dandelion and one more dandelion pops up every day, that is an example of linear growth. At the end of the year under a linear growth paradigm, we would have 365 dandelions on my parents’ lawn. Now, if instead we used a model of exponential growth, say, doubling every week, we would initially grow much slower. Then we’d not only catch up with the linear model, but blow by it. With our exponential growth model we would have an astounding 2,251,799,813,685,248 dandelions at the end of the year. Do you see how profound the difference between the two models? Advances in computing are similarly exponential, not linear. This is because of Moore’s Law. Moore’s Law is the observation that computers double in power/speed every 18 months to two years. This law has held true since the 1960’s. Many of Ray Kurzweil’s predictions revolve around Moore’s Law continuing. An artificial intelligence explosion is taking place right now.
Quantum Computing and Aging
When will I own a quantum computer? Well, they don’t really exist yet, despite IBM’s announcement last week. They aren’t practical yet because the existing ones do not have enough qubits and software to use with them hasn’t really been developed yet. When they first do truly exist, they’ll probably cost about fifteen million dollars. But that doesn’t discourage me, nor should it you. In 2001, scientists finished sequencing the first whole human genome. It costs the American taxpayer 2.7 billion to get it done. By 2008, the cost to sequence an entire human genome dropped to the low, low bargain price of about 10 million. Today (2019) I’m seriously considering getting my full genome sequenced for about $1,000. See how quickly this new technology became widely available? The same will apply to quantum computers and I intend to be among the first private home users.
I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these machines primarily because it will facilitate my efforts to reverse my biological age! We’ve covered several potential therapies to fight aging here at RMA in the past year and a half. We have yet to discuss dozens more that are on our list and many of them I’m quite excited about (No hints! You’ll just have to keep reading)! Furthermore, new potential therapies are discovered regularly. Yet, much of what I am doing is guesswork. Now, I’m throwing two fistfulls of darts at the board drunk, blindfolded, and standing on one leg. WHEN I get a Quantum Computer, I’ll be running virtual trials on my specific DNA with all kinds of therapies and supplements and drugs and every conceivable mix thereof. How will stronglifts, ultra endurance training, 1500 mg of curcumin, and cryotherapy affect my telomeres? Better yet, how will a mix of these therapies affect my telomeres, systemic inflammation, DNA methylation, and insulin sensitivity? What if I change the dose? What if I add a ketogenic diet and/or extended fasts once every three months? A Quantum Computer will answer those questions for me. And that’s just what I will do by myself in the comfort of my one bedroom condo (laboratory) in Jersey City. Just imagine what Calico (google’s company that exists to defeat aging) and research institutions will be able to accomplish?
Quantum computing will also facilitate determining micro and macro associations. I urge everyone to accumulate self quantitative data in order to enable you to see what’s actually working and what isn’t with respect to both aging and general health. Otherwise, we’re really just guessing. Quantum computing will elevate finding all kinds of associations to an entirely new level. Maybe telomeres don’t really matter all that much with respect to extreme longevity. Maybe long telomeres are more highly correlated to cancer risk. Maybe systemic inflammation is far more important. Or heart rate variability. Or a mix of several biomarkers, some of which may not even have been discovered. Quantum computing will provide definitive answers and guide us in totally unforseen directions.
What’s equally exciting is that it’s not just “aging” research performed with quantum computers that will affect our field of interest. There will be great advances in peripheral fields that will translate to benefiting biological age reversal. How about all those scientists studying gene therapy and editing? Or bioprinting organs? Or drug development? Or nanotech? Or biomechanics? Or mind uploading (Elon Musk has said he’s announcing a “neuralink” that connects your brain to computers in a few months)? Yes friends, whether you share my views of aging or “poo poo” them, big changes are happening all around us and life as we know it is going to change at an ever increasing rate. Things are about to get really, really strange!
Those of us interested in the reversal of biological aging are what most people might consider oddballs. Yet, our view that aging is a disease that can be vanquished is a completely rational position. Quantum computing will, no doubt, usher in changes that we can’t even begin to fathom. The fundamental ways in which we live are going to change, by necessity. Combating chronic diseases, the conditions most likely to kill you, will be child’s play compared to doing it with the tools we have today. Virtual trials of therapies, drugs, gene editing and therapy will result in incomprehensible advancements in a short period of time. We will, no doubt, significantly extend the upper limits of life with the use of these powerful computers.
When you meet people critical of your desire to dramatically extend life (that would be most people), ask them, “Why are you so eager to die?” Remind them that they might not feel the same way when the grim reaper is staring them down. And most importantly, remember this: If you’re not reversing your age, you’re dying!