Google Ventures chief thinks we’ll live to be 500 years old

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In an interview with Bloomberg, a leading Google executive has spoken about how he believes humans will one day live to be 500 years old.

Bill Maris, a managing partner of Google Ventures, the company’s invest arm, explained how Google continues to invest millions of dollars in life sciences that will ensure the human race will live longer.

According to Maris, Google Ventures has hired scientists to help identify startups and tech companies that could help find a cure for cancer. He also said that future cures would make today’s treatment of cancer with chemotherapy “seem primitive” within the next 20 years.

“If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” Mr Maris told Bloomberg.

Bill MarisMr Maris also said that over the past 20 years scientists had taken huge steps forward in medicine and in the treatment of diseases.

“Twenty years ago, without genomics, you could only treat cancer with a poison.”

“That’s really different from, ‘We can cure your cancer by reverse-engineering a stem cell.’ You can now legitimately invest in a company that could cure cancer,” Mr Maris added.

“We actually have the tools in the life sciences to achieve anything that you have the audacity to envision.”

“I just hope to live long enough not to die,” he said.

Mr Maris explained how he felt it was his duty to make investments in companies which could one day help people live longer.

“There are a lot of billionaires in Silicon Valley, but in the end, we are all heading to the same place,” Mr Maris said. “If given the choice between making a lot of money or finding a way to make people live longer, what do you choose?”

Although most people know Google through its products such as Search, Gmail and Android, the company’s investment arm, Google Ventures, manages almost $2 billion dollars worth of assets and has significantly increased its investments in life sciences from 6 per cent in 2013 to 36 per cent in 2015.

Away from life sciences, Google Ventures portfolio includes all manor of companies such as Uber, Pocket, TuneIn, about.me, Hubspot, Blue Bottle Coffee and Clean Power Finance, just to name a few.

Source: Bloomberg

 

 

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  2. Fabian Frederick Blandford on

    You might be able to cure illness but not ageing…who want to spend 400 years in a wheelchair?

  3. They are already working on head transplants, so billionaire venture capitalists can buy up young bodies of healthy poor people when their own bodies give out. Unfortunately, a new body and a cure to cancer does nothing to address the limited shelf life of our brain. Dementia cases are soaring as a direct result of increases in life spans brought about by modern medicine. Even older people who are fortunate enough to avoid such a fate still watch their mental capacity diminish over time. So sad how people waste time fearing death, rather than just enjoying life. 500 years of watching human suffering and misery hardly seems like a ho-down to me.

  4. Lee Delong on

    Make sense. Like being born twice/thrice/etc. is any more miraculous than being born once.

  5. Jeeze, 500 years?

    Guess that means working until 495 and hope to get a pension.

    No thanks, if I can get another 10 years of interesting experience followed by a massive stroke whilst in freefall it would be great.