Scientists Are Using AI to Extend Life Spans
Thu, April 22, 2021

Scientists Are Using AI to Extend Life Spans

Many experts are leveraging AI to address ageing / Credits: Wavebreak Media Ltd via Shutterstock


“Death is inevitable but ageing is not,” said Dr. Nir Barzilai, founding director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Most of us are afraid of getting older because it would mean getting more wrinkles and getting weaker every day. Thus, people do anything just to look and feel young. Fortunately, scientists are using the power of artificial intelligence and genomics to extend both lifespans and health spans. Reports show that this industry is now worth $110 billion, which is backed by governments, businesses, academics, and investors. 

According to The Guardian, a daily British newspaper, the UK has an active search for extended life and health. About 260 companies, 250 investors, 10 non-profits, and 10 research labs are using the most advanced technologies for this particular industry. Aside from that, the separate sectors of AI and longevity were included in the “4 Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges” to put Britain at the forefront of the industries of the future. 

Many experts are also leveraging AI to address ageing. Lynne Cox, an Oxford professor whose expertise lies in the biological mechanisms of ageing, is developing new ways of stopping cell ageing, otherwise known as cellular senescence. “As organisms – and people – age, changes build up in their cells that eventually trigger cellular senescence. Senescent cells can no longer renew themselves, meaning the ageing body cannot replenish tissue or heal wounds,” she said.

Aside from Cox, Barzilai was able to raise $50 million to launch a five-year clinical trial into a cheap drug commonly prescribed for pre-diabetics and diabetics called metformin. Metformin can potentially slow cell ageing so dramatically that those who take it can expect to live decades longer, in near-perfect health. However, Cox reminded people that while innovations like these are being developed, we should still exercise, eat better, eat less, and sleep well.