The New Yorker Profiles the MIT AgeLab

The New Yorker Profiles the MIT AgeLab

In an article titled "Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger?" New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik writes at length on the research tools and findings of the MIT AgeLab, as well as the perspective (and bearing) of AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin:

'Coughlin, who is in his late fifties, is the image of an old-fashioned American engineer-entrepreneur; he is bald in the old-fashioned, tonsured, Thurber-husband way, wears a bow tie and heavy red-framed glasses, and, walking a visitor through the lab, suggests a cross between Mr. Peabody and Q, from the Bond films, showing you the latest gadgets. His talk is crisply aphoristic and irrigated with an easy flow of statistics: each proposition has its instantly associated number.

“Where science is ambiguous, politics begins,” he says. “In the designation of some states, an older driver is fifty, in some eighty—we don’t even know what an older driver is. That ambiguity is an itch I wanted to scratch. Over the past century, we’ve created the greatest gift in the history of humanity—thirty extra years of life—and we don’t know what to do with it! Now that we’re living longer, how do we plan for what we’re going to do?”'

Read the full story here.


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