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Immortality, Inc.: Renegade Science, Silicon Valley Billions, and the Quest to Live Forever

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This gripping narrative explores today's scientific pursuit of immortality, with exclusive visits inside Silicon Valley labs and interviews with the visionaries who believe we will soon crack into the aging process and cure death.

We live in an age when billionaires are betting their fortunes on laboratory advances to prove aging unnecessary and death a disease that can be
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by National Geographic Society
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Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to National Geographic for the ARC at BEA 2019!

This book was an exploration of modern research into aging, and the different groups and people who are trying to solve the problem of aging in a quest to live forever. We meet various different eccentric scientists and billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalists spending hundreds of millions of dollars on trying to figure out how to prevent aging on a biochemical and physiological level. Spoiler: they are no where near close.

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A very accessible narrative about a very dense scientific field. While Walter does a good job explaining theories and various experiments and projects, I wasn’t expecting so much of the book to focus on the lives of the people behind them, and actually would have liked more about the science itself. Also, because a lot of the leading figures in the book are older, it seems like the whole idea of cheating death through science is one big Baby Boomer vanity project, which makes me laugh. ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting read. I typically don't read science narratives but I think I'm gonna start. It was written like a novel and it kept my interest. And, the best part, I learned a lot while being entertained.
Scott Lupo
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Meh. It's not great, it's not awful. I expected more science, experiments, and trials for such a monumental undertaking as 'curing' death. Unfortunately, it is more of a popular style written book that has less to do with the science and more to do with who is leading the charge. Much of the book is a mini-biography on some of Silicon Valley's well-known characters like Ray Kurzweil, Arthur Levinson, Craig Venter, Aubrey de Grey, and others. These moneyed individuals do not like the idea of ...more
Kim McGee
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
What happens when you take the world's leading freethinkers from Silicon Valley labs, put them in a situation where money isn't a problem and have them tackle mortality? You crack the genome code, access stem cell miracles and develop cryogenic tanks to keep people on ice until we fully understand how to revive them. So many names and brilliant minds that it is easy to get a bit lost in the shuffle let alone tackle the science. It is amazing to see how far we have come and how far we still have ...more
Joanne  Manaster
I happened to read this book directly after Daniel Sinclair's interesting book, Lifespan, which talks about his own valid academic research into aging. Immortality, Inc. had additional information about various researchers and the development of highly funded companies to work on the aging issues, but the science was gleaned over rather than explained. I was good to learn about the high impact players who are working on these problems, but in the end, they seemed to be a bunch of massive silicon ...more
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Chip Walter is an author, journalist, National Geographic grantee, educator, filmmaker and former CNN bureau chief with an unusually broad background that spans both science and entertainment. Chip’s fifth book, Immortality, Inc. -- Renegade Scientists, Silicon Valley Gurus and the Future of Cheating Death for National Geographic Books will be available in bookstores everywhere January 7, 2020. ...more