Google Exec Takes 100 Pills a Day to Live Forever

By Victoria Kim 04/22/15

Futurist Ray Kurzweil hopes to bridge the gap between death and immortality with a variety of drugs.

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil wants to live forever. To get there, the 67-year-old Google exec, inventor, and futurist consumes 100 pills a day for “heart health, eye health, sexual health, and brain health,” he told the Financial Times in a recent interview.

Kurzweil, who joined Google in 2012 as a director of engineering, spends a few thousand dollars a year for his supplement regimen, which is also followed by his wife and children.

Anti-aging has piqued the interest of quite a few people in Silicon Valley, particularly at Google. In 2013, the company announced the creation of Calico, short for California Life Company, whose mission is to reverse engineer the biology that controls lifespan and devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives.

Instead of accepting death as a part of life, Kurzweil thinks “death is very tragic” and is more interested in the idea of humans transcending “beyond natural limitations.”

There are three stages in Kurzweil’s strategy to live forever. He is currently in the first stage, staying healthy enough to get to what he calls, “Bridge Two, when the biotechnology revolution will reprogram our inherited biology.” And then there is “Bridge Three,” where there will be molecular nanotechnology enabling us to rebuild our bodies.

Kurzweil has been interested in health for a long time. When he was diagnosed with type-two diabetes in his 30s, he decided to approach his diagnosis as an inventor, frustrated by conventional treatments, he has successfully kept the chronic condition at bay ever since.

“You can overcome your genetic disposition,” he said. “The common wisdom is it’s 80% genes, 20% lifestyle. If you’re diligent, it’s 90% intervention and 10% genes.”

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