Private actors and actions are enormously powerful:
Fortunately, when the market doesn’t provide the right incentives, philanthropic groups have a unique opportunity to spur advances in treating diseases that affect millions but might otherwise be ignored.
Thiel believes there will be a cure for cancer in the next 20 years, and that a cure for Alzheimer’s is within reach. Immortality, he allows, may take a little longer. . . .
‘There are many arguments against life extension, and they all strike me as extraordinarily bad: it’s not natural; there will be too many people; you will be bored. But I don’t think it would be boring at all.’ He pauses. ‘People always say you should live your life as if it were your last day. I think you should live your life as though it will go on for ever; that every day is so good that you don’t want it to end.’
Related: the story of Rex Sinquefield, single-handedly trying to revive interest in the U.S. in chess.