Life Extension and the Blockchain
Vitalik Buterin, 24, the Canadian-Russian co-founder of Ethereum and co-founder and former editor of Bitcoin Magazine, has donated $2.4 million in Ether to SENS Research Foundation (SRF), a leading Silicon Valley nonprofit focused on diseases of aging.
As a leader in the world of blockchain technologies, Buterin has been a fan of Aubrey de Grey, the English biomedical gerontologist who founded the SENS Research Foundation in 2009 and co-wrote “Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime” in 2007.
“Their focus on creating solutions to the diseases of aging, one of the greatest problems facing humanity, is very much in line with my goal to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world,” said Buterin.
Buterin has tweeted his belief that death and disease are tragic, and his disgust at a hit piece on the Zuckerbergs who pledged $3 billion to eradicate diseases.
https://t.co/iZUQesFjwe This article disgusts me. Didn't realize it was possible in the 21st century to literally be anti-life.
— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) September 25, 2016
Reminder: ~3,300 people died of cancer and heart disease yesterday. All death is tragic.
— Vitalik "Not giving away ETH" Buterin (@VitalikButerin) September 12, 2016
Perhaps Buterin is simply joining the line of life-extension enthusiasts like Ray Kurzweil, futurist and founder of Singularity University, who view transhumanism as part of our evolutionary path. Per the article that made Buterin sick to his stomach, “We’d better hope they don’t succeed. What would it do to the human race if we were granted eternal health, and therefore life? Without any deaths to offset all the births, we would have to make room on earth for an extra 208,400 people a day, or 76,066,000 a year – and that’s before those babies grow old enough to reproduce themselves.”