Understanding Calico: Larry Page, Google Ventures, and the quest for immortality

Yesterday, Google CEO Larry Page announced what is perhaps his company’s most audacious project: a life science startup called Calico that will pursue solutions for aging and its associated diseases. As Time Magazine put it, Calico hopes to cure death. In many ways, this new venture seemed to come out of left field. But Page actually has a long history with the search for immortality.

Page has long been a fan of Ray Kurzweil, the legendary inventor and author who popularized the concept of the Singularity, a theoretical tipping point where technology becomes so advanced it begins to radically alter the fabric of our existence. In the documentary Transcendent Man, Kurzweil openly talks about his ambition to achieve eternal life, even…

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