Google has just announced that it’s leading the initiative to find a way to stop death. Well, at least put it off for as long as possible.
A new company called Calico, launched recently by Google, will begin research to try and find a way to extend the human life span. Google CEO Larry Page announced on Google+ that the new company, which is being run by Apple Inc. Chairman Art Levinson, will spearhead research into health and well being and focus on extending and improving people’s lives.
“Art and I are excited about tackling aging and illness,” says Page. “These issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families. And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people.”
In an exclusive interview with TIME Magazine, Page says that they are jumping into this now so that there could be a breakthrough within the next couple of decades that will help people live longer and better.
"In some industries, it takes 10 or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real,” says Page to TIME. “Health care is certainly one of those areas. We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done."
Levinson, who has just been appointed head of Calico, says that he is “incredibly enthusiastic” about this company and that he is “eager to get started.”
“When I served on Google’s board,” writes Levinson in a blog post, “Larry Page and I got to know each other well—and when he and Bill Maris [of Google Ventures] approached me about a venture that would take the long term view on aging and illness, I was deeply intrigued. For example, what underlies aging? Might there be a direct link between certain diseases and the aging process? We agreed that with great people, a strong culture and vision and a healthy disregard for the impossible, we could make progress tackling these questions, and improving people’s lives.”