(EASTBAYTIMES) — Hang around Silicon Valley for awhile and the obsession with immortality is clear. Techies want to solve that granddaddy of problems: Death.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire investor behind Facebook and co-founder of PayPal, recently made headlines for his reported personal and professional interest in whether blood transfusions from younger people can improve and even extend life for older people. Ewww. Vampire alert.
Ghoulish and ethically questionable as it may seem, Thiel's interest in young blood and other life extension gambits shouldn't come as a surprise.
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In the eyes of many technologists, the human body is just another machine that can be tinkered with and tweaked.