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.
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.