måndag 26 oktober 2015

Ask a statistician: Will humans one day live forever?

From: Significance
Henry Cole, a 17-year-old student, asks: "Almost every day on the news there is a report about a new breakthrough in medicine, which claims to raise our current life expectancy. As the biggest old-age killers, like cancer, are beaten, the rate at which life expectancy rises is increasing. Presumably, at some point in the future, life expectancy will rise quicker than people can die. Babies born during this time could theoretically live forever. So given today’s life expectancy data, when might we expect this to occur?"