July 21, 2024
Blockchain and AI Advance Research for Extending Human Lifespan
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Blockchain and AI Advance Research for Extending Human Lifespan

Blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) are continually harnessed to reshape the landscape of identity verification and data utilization. Data, often referred to as the “new oil,” is collected, refined, and processed, serving as a valuable resource. While the full potential of blockchain and AI applications is still in experimental stages without concrete success measurements, a burgeoning app, Rejuve.AI, is leveraging users’ personal data to advance research on extending human life.

Jasmine Smith, CEO of Rejuve.AI, discussed the app’s approach at the Cardano Summit. She emphasized the significance of crowdsourcing data from diverse sources to accelerate longevity research. Smith highlighted the limitations of current core data sets, primarily focused on Western populations, stating, “Being able to democratize that access and fill in the data gaps in places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East will give us a more holistic picture of human health and longevity and [enable] us to give better recommendations to assist their care.” She stressed that such initiatives are not intended to replace healthcare professionals but rather to complement their work.

Smith also emphasized the importance of open-source development in improving AI algorithms and mentioned that users can contribute to the AI platform to create multiresolution simulations based on various factors. Rejuve.AI operates as a decentralized longevity research network, where users contribute their personal health data for aging science studies and receive rewards in the form of tokens, which can be used for other services within the platform. Smith explained that data collected from users would be instrumental in developing advanced test kits, including genome sequencing, DNA methylation, and biological age tests, which would typically be inaccessible to the average individual.

Addressing concerns that such initiatives might trivialize longevity research, Smith defended the use of rewards, stating, “I think everybody wants to get something for what they give, especially when it comes to health data.” She emphasized the potential of Web3 in this context, extending beyond just tokens.

When questioned about philosophical debates and unintended societal consequences related to extending human life, Smith clarified that the project doesn’t impose longevity on anyone. Instead, it aims to push the boundaries of science and technology, making longevity accessible to individuals with the motivation to pursue it. She underscored that the project respects individual choices and motivations.

Regarding the role of AI, Smith expressed the belief that AI would not replace humans entirely. Instead, it would enhance their roles, providing healthcare professionals with more comprehensive insights into individual value.

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