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?