The science of aging – waiting for immortality

Could immortality one day become a reality? Death anxiety or the aging process fills many people with dread, but what if it could be stopped?

This film investigates the prospects of eternal life. Some of the methods being investigated are rather unusual. In the US, scientists are experimenting with cryonics, a method where the human body is frozen in liquid nitrogen. And, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, researchers are working assiduously on the potential fusion of humans and robots – how human consciousness can be transferred to a virtual world and thus sustained forever.

Opinion is split. Controversial age researcher Aubrey de Gray thinks it should be possible to see life expectancy increase dramatically in the near future, perhaps even by as much as a thousand years. But philosopher Stephen Cave on the other hand confronts us with the question of whether we can ever really escape mortality.

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