The proverbial answer to who wants to be 100 is the 99-year-old. But nowadays, quite a few people are obsessed with living to 100 or beyond.
I recently searched through the social networking site Meetup.com looking for groups that had formed around issues related to aging and elderhood. What I found was interesting:
The number of Meetup.com groups related to “Elderhood”: ZERO.
The number of Meetup.com groups related to halting, fighting and reversing “Aging”: 6,667
In particular, the subset “Anti-Aging” has 83 groups with 3,183 members and another 2,321 people looking to join an anti-aging group.
What does “Anti-Aging” even mean? Primarily it’s a marketing slogan for creams, supplements, treatments and techniques to “look younger”, “reverse the aging process” and “cheat death.” Most of these groups are organized around such products.
But the number one “Anti-Aging” group on Meetup.com is a little more ambitious:
Silicon Valley Transhumanist Meetup Group
Meet other local Transhumanists to discuss topics such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, immortality, and the Singularity.
That would sound kind of cool, but I’ve seen enough Terminator movies to be slightly disturbed by a group of Silicon Valley bio-and-nanotechnology experts MeetingUp to discuss immortality and the Singularity (which refers to a moment kind of like in Terminator when SkyNet becomes self-aware and the machines begin to wage war against humanity).
I’m curious what our readers think — are you anxiously awaiting technology to liberate you from mortality? Do you think joining a support group to share strategies for looking younger is going to help you better cope with aging?
Are you surprised that no one on MeetUp.com is interested in meeting-up to discuss Elderhood? Terminators aside, I have a hunch a few more of us will be experiencing elderhood than will be experiencing The Singularity.