Actuarial Escape Velocity, a definition

Actuarial escape velocity: Actuarial escape velocity occurs when … life expectancy increases faster than one year per one year of research. (via)

In other words, this is the moment when science has reached the point where one can be kept alive indefinitely. The ‘Maximum Life Foundation‘ says that the 30 and under crowd will see that day. Scared yet?

Possible? Consider ‘The Methuselah Flies,’ who lived about 3x longer than they would normally had they not been genetically altered.

See: Rose, M. R., H. B. Passananti, and M. Matos, eds. 2004. Methuselah flies: A case study in the evolution of aging. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore.