“Already, there is about a 20-year lifespan gap across different socioeconomic groups in the United States, with an average age of 66 in some of America’s poorest communities, compared with 87 in more affluent areas.” [Jessica Powell] https://medium.com/s/2069/what-happens-when-the-rich-live-decades-longer-than-the-rest-of-us-2dfec4a35b21
At one time, it might have been reasonable to assume that people would continue living longer and longer indefinitely, as nutrition improved and medical science got better at fixing disease and injury. But new research indicates that the black camel’s going to kneel at your door no later than age 115, no matter how well you take care of yourself, says Jan Vijg, a researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The oldest living person in the 1990s was around 115, and the same is true today.
In the photo: Jeanne Calment, who died in France at age 122. We won’t see her like again soon, and nobody’s ever going to have to face the challenge of blowing out 125 candles on their birthday cake.
My $0.02: I don’t doubt Vilg’s research has discovered the limit of the current hardware, even with the best maintenance. Extending the life of the product further will require ferocious hardware hacking.
(Carl Zimmer, The New York Times)