Repair aging and colonize other planets?

A human life span of 72 years is con­sid­er­ably insuf­fi­cient because more than half of the per­son­’s life is unpro­duc­tive­ly spent in their child­hood and retire­ment. Only when we achieve an aver­age of at least 150 “ener­getic and pro­duc­tive” years will peo­ple be able to ful­ly enjoy their lives.

An aver­age life expectan­cy of 72.58 years for 2022. Even with this rate, the earth is like­ly to be over­pop­u­lat­ed, reach­ing the world pop­u­la­tion of 11.2 bil­lion by 2100.

We’re talk­ing about the future, and there are no way humans won’t be try­ing to manip­u­late nat­ur­al aging. Sci­en­tists have demon­strat­ed that it is fea­si­ble to par­tial­ly stop the aging process by mak­ing aged organ­isms younger.

When we repair aging and allow peo­ple to live as stat­ed, the prob­lem of over­pop­u­la­tion will arise. The only way around would be to col­o­nize oth­er plan­ets in order to survive.

Repairing the aging and colonizing other worlds

The cur­rent aver­age life span does not ful­fill the require­ment of longevi­ty and is far from enough to achieve full ener­gy and ability.

But not only aging, var­i­ous vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties incor­po­rat­ed in a human life are unques­tion­ably the basic hin­drances on the way to the real free­dom from the earth­ly limitations.

For exam­ple, it takes decades of school­ing for a human to learn the basics of sur­vival, includ­ing mak­ing a decent con­ver­sa­tion or under­stand­ing a sim­ple science.

The mech­a­nism to repair aging will solve the prob­lem by enabling every human to learn, grow, and behave in days instead of decades.

Fur­ther­more, repair­ing human age does not nec­es­sar­i­ly imply extend­ing human life in the same dete­ri­o­rat­ing struc­ture; it also pro­pos­es main­tain­ing a healthy and ener­getic mind-body rela­tion­ship until an expect­ed com­fort­able death.

To this end, aging could be rea­son­ably repaired by repro­gram­ming the aging process. It’s pos­si­ble only when all the genet­ic infor­ma­tion of the per­son has been stored in an infor­ma­tion base and every cell of every organ has been impli­cat­ed in that program.

The repaired per­son, who will be able to live healthy for much longer, will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to uplift­ing human civ­i­liza­tion from the ground up; this is because we are still fight­ing each oth­er, con­fined with­in the bound­aries of the earth­’s atmosphere.

Then, the need for more out­er space will not only be required for set­tling the over­pop­u­la­tion cri­sis; it will also be like escap­ing from this cave to take a sun bath.

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Although it may appear too com­pli­cat­ed at first, find­ing a way to repair aging through gene manip­u­la­tion and incor­po­rat­ing cells from young peo­ple or even ani­mals into ours will be the first rev­o­lu­tion­ary leap for­ward in human civilization.

The health­i­er, stronger, and more ener­getic guys will have hun­dreds of times more intel­li­gence, mem­o­ry pow­er, and will-pow­er than today’s best ones. They will have hard­ly any effects from the cos­mic radi­a­tions, dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures, and atmos­pher­ic com­po­si­tions of any oth­er worlds, besides only the extremes like the sun and Jupiter.

Is it ever likely to come true?

Sure. Med­ical research and research on aging show that this pos­si­bil­i­ty is not a far-fetched dream, but an attain­able goal, so that the first age-repaired human beings will be liv­ing on Earth in about 3 more decades.

Research pub­lished in 2016 sug­gest­ed that “it is pos­si­ble to slow or even reverse aging, at least in mice, by undo­ing changes in gene activity—the same kinds of changes that are caused by decades of life in humans.”

Researchers have reversed aging in human skin cells by 30 years. The researchers said they devel­oped a method to time jump human skin cells by three decades — longer than pre­vi­ous repro­gram­ming meth­ods, rewind­ing the age­ing clock with­out the cells los­ing their func­tion, accord­ing to anoth­er study pub­lished in ear­ly 2022.

When this trend of research in revers­ing aging upgrades to the next lev­el as the trend of repair­ing aging, the afore­men­tioned gen­er­a­tion of human will begin appear­ing into existence. 

Such a unique­ness in their phys­i­cal­i­ty and men­tal­i­ty will allow the repaired humans to go, explore, and set­tle beyond this nar­row sur­face of the earth.

It will come true because today’s cre­ative humans can build machines like the James Webb Tele­scope that can cap­ture galax­ies bil­lions of light years away. How­ev­er, they have sig­nif­i­cant lim­i­ta­tions in expe­ri­enc­ing the same in practice.

This is why the first step in cre­at­ing a suit­able envi­ron­ment for its sur­vival, the repair of human aging, will be the only key to estab­lish­ing a reli­able foothold in col­o­niz­ing out­er space. They will also be able to live long enough to explore what this uni­verse has been hold­ing for them.

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