Impact of aging research besides LEV

2019-06-06T10:42:14.703Z · score: 16 (5 votes)
Comment by emanuele-ascani on Aging research and population ethics · 2019-04-28T20:59:51.413Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

The definition of LEV I used in the previous post is: "Longevity Escape Velocity (LEV) is the minimum rate of medical progress such that individual life expectancy is raised by at least one year per year if medical interventions are used". So it doesn't lead to an unbounded life expectancy. In fact, with a simplified calculation, in the first post I calculated life expectancy after LEV to be approximately 1000 years. 1000 years is what comes up using the same idea as your hydra example (risk of death flat at the risk of death of a young person), but in reality it should be slightly less, because in the calculation I left out the part when risk of death starts falling just after hitting LEV. We are not dealing with infinite utilities.

The main measure of impact I gave in the post comes from these three values and some corrections:

  • 1000 QALYs: life expectancy of a person after hitting LEV
  • 36,500,000 deaths/year due to aging
  • Expected number of years LEV is made closer by (by a given project examined)

Aging research and population ethics

2019-04-28T07:21:17.888Z · score: 16 (5 votes)

A general framework for evaluating aging research. Part 1: reasoning with Longevity Escape Velocity

2019-01-11T21:33:51.691Z · score: 14 (7 votes)
Comment by emanuele-ascani on The Chromatic Number of the Plane is at Least 5 - Aubrey de Grey · 2018-05-12T11:15:59.460Z · score: 4 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Terence Tao even talked about this in his Google+ profile.