In the September 2013 edition of Time Magazine, Google’s CEO Larry Page discussed his company’s newest venture, Calico. The new health care company, Calico, will leverage Google’s massive cloud and data centers to help facilitate research on disease and aging. As a company, Calico’s goals are to reverse the aging process and extend human life. While the specifics on how Calico will go about tackling these goals are not stated and perhaps are even unknown, Page is confident that one day people might expect an extra 100 years of life span. Clearly, Calico has ambitious goals; however it will probably take 10-20 years before we are able to see if they have been effective.
In addition to Calico, Google has also made substantial investments in the driverless car and Google’s wearable facial computer called, Google Glass. Both of these new technologies will most likely hit the market in the coming decade. These inventions could particularly have profound positive impacts on seniors. The driverless car could enable a senior who no longer is physically able to drive, the ability to type in their destination on a GPS device and a computer will safely drive the car for them… Incredible! Google Glass can benefit one with early cognitive impairment through its facial recognition feature. This feature could help an elderly person remain connected to their friends and family.
I am so impressed with Google’s efforts to effectively capitalize on the growing influx of seniors and how their technology could dramatically benefit quality of life. However, in terms of Calico, some questions to think about. What if Calico is successful and people can be given an added 100 years of extra life? Is that a good thing to individuals and to the world?
You can read more about Calico by purchasing the September issue of Time Magazine or from the NPR link I’ve provided below.