Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Why We Fall Apart

In this extremely interesting article aging of the human body is looked at through the lens of engineering's reliability theory. It treats the body as a complex set of redundant parts which fail over time until a critical system finally collapses causing death. It also discusses the idea that we don't start out factory perfect but are instead defective from the start. The potential here is huge. Someday, humans may live thousands of years.


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