April 06, 2015

Tech Philanthropists Put Money and Ideas Into Research to Extend Human Life

A growing number of tech billionaires are funneling money into controversial research on extending human life, The Washington Post reports.

Founders of PayPal, Google, Facebook, eBay, and other platforms are making big bets on transforming biomedical research to help humans live longer and better lives. The research includes using big data to predict disease patterns and studying traits that make individuals more resilient.

Skeptics of these efforts are concerned that the research is largely unregulated and that extending life would put too much strain on society and natural resources. Others worry that the major philanthropic investments will disrupt the often slow scientific process.