Life extension people & session at SciFoo 2008, Googleplex!

Last year I was probably the only SciFoo Camper with an explicit life extension commitment. I suggested & held a session which was related a bit to partial immortalization but was rather about the systems biology perspective in general, illustrated with some examples. So throughout the terrific SciFoo Camp 2007 life extension as a conversation topic remained rather implicit (ok, close to zero) and there was not much room to discuss it in the lack of other fellow life extensionists.

In my opinion the whole point of unconferences is to form the good aggregate of people with a common interest & similar/complementer message to join forces in order to draw enough (intellectual) attention for their topic. In this context, an unconference is about topics at the first place, not just about people. Idea networking is as important as social networking.

And if something fits 100% with the idea of SciFoo it is life extension/aging just as handling terrantic scientific datasets, open science or climate change as all these topics are utterly complicated and quite urgent screaming for the attention of the smartest people.

So I emailed Timo Hannay, SciFoo organizer:

“One thing I’ve noticed is that it would be very good to organize a session on scientific life extension technologies and consequences, because the SciFoo people are ideal to see and discuss all angles of this really important topic.”

And… is a session suggestion for SciFoo Camp 2008:

So with Aubrey, Chris and me we have a 1st class chance to organize a little session on this little and culturally loaded topic to a very-very attractive audience. Join us!

9 thoughts on “Life extension people & session at SciFoo 2008, Googleplex!

  1. Attila,

    great work. The more you can expose new people to the research and ideas of longevity research the better. Keep up all the hard work.

  2. Does this mean we can’t discuss this at the BioBarCamp? Life extension is surely more important than Climate change, which humans likely have no ability to impact 😉

  3. Well, I would like to restrict my life extension related slideshow to SciFoo Camp as I don’t want to bore to death the joint BBCamp and SciFoo people with 1 topic (including me). On the other hand it is impossible for me to figure out 2 different slideshows for the sake of being different on the 2 occasions. But that policy may change and if Aubrey comes and Chris is there I am sure that we will discuss some LE/aging things if not in a session form but during breaks.

  4. Life extension will become a much more popular topic as the bulk of the population becomes seniors. How will they combat diseases like alzheimers and uphold brain health though?

  5. This article was written was the wand of a lot of my help. Thank you very much, I’ll study a lot.

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