After Conquering Space, Jeff Bezos Is Chasing Immortality
Featuring Altos Labs, the reverse-aging startup that’s dead serious about eternal youth
Space has always felt like the final frontier for humans. But after billionaire turned it into a destination for tourists, it started to appear within reach. And so, one can’t help but wonder: What’s next?
“Given our past record and our current values, humanity’s next targets are likely to be immortality, happiness and divinity,” Yuval Noah Harari wrote in his book Homo Deus. “We will now aim to overcome old age and even death itself.”
The prediction Harari made in 2015 turned out to be exactly right. Becoming Godlike or Homo Deus has entered the agenda of the world’s richest people and one of their recent bets is a startup called Altos Labs.
The rise of Silicon Valley’s immorality startup
It all started in October 2020 inside a big mansion situated in Los Altos, California. The owner of the place, Yuri Milner, had invited a group of scientists and wealthy people to discuss biotechnology. More precisely, the reversal of a somewhat annoying process called “aging.”
For reference, Yuri Milner is a Russian-Israeli billionaire who owns stocks at companies like Facebook, Stripe, Twitter, Xiaomi, Alibaba, Airbnb, VKontakte (the Russian Facebook), and many others. Before he got into investing, he was a physicist who graduated from Moscow State University and completed his diploma with an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. From there, he worked as a banker and steadily climbed the corporate ladder becoming CEO of Mail.Ru, a company worth $5.6 billion.
Later, during his investing endeavors, Milner became acquainted with many Silicon Valley actors. That’s perhaps what encouraged him to launch his own startup alongside his wife Julia. The couple organized a preparatory meeting in the form of a science conference, then injected capital through a foundation, thus becoming the face of Altos Labs.
The Milners aren’t the only big players in the game though.
There’s also Richard Klausner who was recently declared CEO of the new startup. Klausner kicked off his…