How Old Can We Actually Get?

In this video we are going to talk about time, specifically, how  much time we have. What’s the oldest a person  can ever be? Well, the world record for the  world‘s longest living person belongs to Jeanne  Calment, a French woman who lived to be 122.  Right now, at this very moment, there are  only 37 people alive who were born in the  1800’s.

Those 37 people have lived in three  different centuries. But, as medical knowledge  expands and our understanding of biology improves,  people are living longer, and longer. In fact,  scientists believe that, based on statistics,  the first person who will ever live to be  150 has already been born. It could be one  of you. But, according to the math, it’s probably  someone who was born last year. 

Here’s the thing. As humans get older, the  likelihood of them dying increases, but there  are some types of animals that have what is  called Negligible Senescence, also known as  biological immortality, and these types of  animals have never been observed to actually  age.

Animals, like the Hydra, can only die  because of accidents, disease, or predators.  The world’s oldest living individual tree  has clocked in at more than 4,600 years old.  So with this in mind you have to ask the question, will humans be able to live much longer life spans?