The world’s richest people in the world are spending a lot of money on immortality. And it started in October 2020 when a large group of scientists had a “get together” in venture capitalist Yuri Milner’s super-mansion in the Los Altos Hills above Palo Alto. The gathering’s main point of discussion: how to live forever.
Russia’s most influential tech investor Yuri Milner made his fortune in the new Russia and then made the rest of his fortune as an early backer of Facebook and Twitter through his venture fund, DST Global. While it’s true that Milner has an altruistic attitude toward outstanding physicists, biologists, and mathematicians, his interest in science became more and more bizarre. The scientific sessions led to experimental genetic research to reverse the process of aging in animals.
We all know what this means. For Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean, it was Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. It was the philosopher’s stone for Nicholas Flamel and his fellow alchemists. But for 21st-century tech billionaires, it’s the science of epigenetics, driven by a worldview of transhumanism. Even Gilgamesh tried to escape death, only to be eaten by a serpent before he could do so.
The meeting that took place in Los Altos Hills birthed the creation of a new anti-aging company called Altos Labs. The company’s investors range from Altos Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, a Spanish biologist at the Salk Institute, in California, to Jeff Bezos. Forbes currently ranks Bezos as the world’s richest person, with a net worth of around $200 billion. Milner’s wealth is estimated at $4.8 billion.
According to MIT Technology Review, “Altos [Labs] is pursuing biological reprogramming technology, a way to rejuvenate cells in the lab that some scientists think could be extended to revitalize entire animal bodies, ultimately prolonging human life”. There is an apparent lack of something here, like an absence of human goodness or perhaps the fear of God.
“There are hundreds of millions of dollars being raised by investors to invest in reprogramming, specifically aimed at rejuvenating parts or all of the human body”.David Sinclair, a researcher at Harvard University
The craving for money, control, and ultimately power will always lead to damnation. And in its more bizarre situations, will lead to a manipulation of the human flesh and the limbs that dance around it. Altos’ eerie website with scientists that look AI-generated makes explicit how the concept of aging is seen as a “disease” rather than a natural process of becoming older. “Altos Labs is a new biotechnology company focused on cellular rejuvenation programming to restore cell health and resilience, with the goal of reversing disease to transform medicine”, they say.
Bezos Expeditions, the investment office of Amazon’s founder, did not reply to an email seeking comment.
Transhumanism is a social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies, according to Britannica. The imminent link between technology and the human body becomes more sinister or unearthly when the “billionaire” factor enters the equation. There’s always darkness, profound darkness, and wickedness to the actions of billionaires. They say they act to liberate some on the path to the truth, but the billionaire as a mercurial figure is a split between Christ and anti-Christ.
People familiar with Altos’s formation say that Milner’s interest in reprogramming was philanthropic at first. What is the motive, then? According to one person briefed by Klausner and Milner, the initial output of the company will be “great science.” The Machine then, using excuses like “success” depending upon a culture of intense collaboration, enthusiasm, and openness, continues to work. Where will this go next, and how will we navigate the ongoing breakdown in our understanding of reality?
A lack of spirit indeed, in any sense, condemns to vague slanders: You get nothing that stings, fulminates, or obsesses. And in return, you get the world’s stock of hatred, illuminated by thousands of burned houses, bridges, and wings. Because from a child’s perspective, the giant will always be big, and the beast will always become pig in the end.