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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465063764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465063765
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"New Scientist"
"[B]rilliant.... [T]he chapters devoted to advances in regenerative medicine and the search for interventions that slow ageing are exhilarating. Growing new limbs, copying internal organs like a Xerox machine, exponential increases in computing power, better eyes and ears--I could read stories like this endlessly. We need such vision to help carry the science forward, and some of the most exciting advances in the scientific study of ageing are forthcoming. Arrison paints a realistic picture of the science driving the next longevity revolution, and makes the case that, if we play our cards right, humanity will reap huge dividends for the effort. In that way, this book is the most comprehensive treatment of the socioeconomic consequences of life extension that I've seen.... [T]he costs and benefits of life extension and, more importantly, health extension, are subjects in desperate need of open dialogue, and Arrison begins this process with elegance and style."
"Wall Street Journal"
"Ms. Arrison entertainingly chronicles efforts to conquer aging and death from antiquity to today. Food, sex, exercise and alchemy have all been employed to keep the grim reaper at bay. But technology offers the most plausible route, she says, noting that biology and computing are drawing ever closer together with the sequencing of the human genome.... [Her] sunny outlook is infectious."
"Singularity Hub"
"Easy to read, and easy to understand, "100+" walks you through the incredible achievements in regenerative medicine we've already seen, projects them forward, and discusses the changes in environment, economy, family, and religion that will follow.... Arrison states her case strongly enough to convince almost anyone, and in a style that will be as accessible to your techno-phobic Uncle Walter as it is to your computer loving self."
Garry Kasparov
"At a time when companies think only of quarterly results and politicians do not look beyond the next election, Sonia Arrison provides a fascinating look at the very long view. If mankind focuses its energy, there is no limit to our lives--or our lifespans."
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.; chief science officer, SENS Foundation
"Arrison has crafted an eminently readable and informative survey of the state of play in the crusade against humanity's oldest and greatest foe. By educating readers about both the science and the social context of the quest to postpone age-related ill-health, she has surely hastened the development of such therapies, and thereby saved many thousands of lives."
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
"This much-needed book beautifully integrates the history and science (even genomics) of extending our healthy years. Arrison presents the latest of diverse data types in a very clear and engaging manner. I can hardly wait for a potential sequel--"200 Plus," anyone?"
Matt Ridley, author of "The Rational Optimist"
"Sonia Arrison's brilliant account of how and why we will all soon get the chance to live much longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives is thoroughly researched, persuasively argued, elegantly written and rationally uplifting. This is an important and lively book."
Peter H. Diamandis, MD, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation and Chairman/Co-Founder, Singularity University
"Exponentially growing technologies such as biotech, artificial intelligence, and nanosciences are rapidly deciphering the source code for human beings. I have every expectation that this biological information will yield effective longevity strategies and therapies within the next few decades. Such fountains of youth will impact all aspects of our lives and our society. Arrison's book is a must read for anyone thinking about the future."
"Washington Independent Review of Books"
"The final chapter makes ... "100 Plus" must reading for anyone who wants to have a voice."
"Singularity Weblog"
"The book is very well researched and deals with the most profound implications of life-extension and super-longevity.... Despite its complex topic, advanced scientific matter and hefty goals, it manages to weave the narrative in a very accessible, easy to understand and deeply engaging way. At the same time, providing a number of illuminating, counter-intuitive conclusions that only a deep, unprejudiced and honest researcher can reach."
"Huffington Post"
""100 Plus" lays out the lifespan conundrum in engaging detail.... The book is chock full of stories featuring new medical and technological innovation."
Ben Goertzel, "h+ "
"I have to congratulate Sonia Arrison on putting together a book that is both highly accessible to newbies with no prior background in transhumanist thinking or longevity research, and also richly interesting to those of us who have [been] playing in these regions of conceptual space for a long time.... Combining common sense with appropriate invocations of rigorous research and statistics, Arrison provides the most systematic refutations I've seen of the standard anti-longevity arguments.... Step by step, and in an invariably good-natured and friendly way, she demolishes these arguments, making a solid case that increased healthspan is likely improve rather than degrade our emotional health and family lives and enhance our careers and economies.... I would...recommend it to "anyone."..who is interested in a broader understanding of the world as it's unfolding."
Bookworm Sez
"[D]eep and deeply fascinating. If you want something that will tickle your imagination with enticing what-ifs, in fact, then nothing could hold a candle to this book."
"The Futurist"
"Audiences of all kinds will find "100 Plus "to be a thoughtful and stimulating discussion."

"New Scientist"
[B]rilliant.... [T]he chapters devoted to advances in regenerative medicine and the search for interventions that slow ageing are exhilarating. Growing new limbs, copying internal organs like a Xerox machine, exponential increases in computing power, better eyes and earsI could read stories like this endlessly. We need such vision to help carry the science forward, and some of the most exciting advances in the scientific study of ageing are forthcoming. Arrison paints a realistic picture of the science driving the next longevity revolution, and makes the case that, if we play our cards right, humanity will reap huge dividends for the effort. In that way, this book is the most comprehensive treatment of the socioeconomic consequences of life extension that I ve seen.... [T]he costs and benefits of life extension and, more importantly, health extension, are subjects in desperate need of open dialogue, and Arrison begins this process with elegance and style.
"Wall Street Journal"
Ms. Arrison entertainingly chronicles efforts to conquer aging and death from antiquity to today. Food, sex, exercise and alchemy have all been employed to keep the grim reaper at bay. But technology offers the most plausible route, she says, noting that biology and computing are drawing ever closer together with the sequencing of the human genome.... [Her] sunny outlook is infectious.
"Singularity Hub"
Easy to read, and easy to understand, "100+" walks you through the incredible achievements in regenerative medicine we ve already seen, projects them forward, and discusses the changes in environment, economy, family, and religion that will follow.... Arrison states her case strongly enough to convince almost anyone, and in a style that will be as accessible to your techno-phobic Uncle Walter as it is to your computer loving self.
Garry Kasparov
At a time when companies think only of quarterly results and politicians do not look beyond the next election, Sonia Arrison provides a fascinating look at the very long view. If mankind focuses its energy, there is no limit to our livesor our lifespans.
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.; chief science officer, SENS Foundation
Arrison has crafted an eminently readable and informative survey of the state of play in the crusade against humanity s oldest and greatest foe. By educating readers about both the science and the social context of the quest to postpone age-related ill-health, she has surely hastened the development of such therapies, and thereby saved many thousands of lives.
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
This much-needed book beautifully integrates the history and science (even genomics) of extending our healthy years. Arrison presents the latest of diverse data types in a very clear and engaging manner. I can hardly wait for a potential sequel"200 Plus," anyone?
Matt Ridley, author of "The Rational Optimist"
Sonia Arrison s brilliant account of how and why we will all soon get the chance to live much longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives is thoroughly researched, persuasively argued, elegantly written and rationally uplifting. This is an important and lively book.
Peter H. Diamandis, MD, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE Foundation and Chairman/Co-Founder, Singularity University
Exponentially growing technologies such as biotech, artificial intelligence, and nanosciences are rapidly deciphering the source code for human beings. I have every expectation that this biological information will yield effective longevity strategies and therapies within the next few decades. Such fountains of youth will impact all aspects of our lives and our society.Arrison s book is a must read for anyone thinking about the future.
"Washington Independent Review of Books"
The final chapter makes "100 Plus" must reading for anyone who wants to have a voice.
"Singularity Weblog"
The book is very well researched and deals with the most profound implications of life-extension and super-longevity.... Despite its complex topic, advanced scientific matter and hefty goals, it manages to weave the narrative in a very accessible, easy to understand and deeply engaging way. At the same time, providing a number of illuminating, counter-intuitive conclusions that only a deep, unprejudiced and honest researcher can reach.
"Huffington Post"
"100 Plus" lays out the lifespan conundrum in engaging detail.... The book is chock full of stories featuring new medical and technological innovation.
Ben Goertzel, "h+"
I have to congratulate Sonia Arrison on putting together a book that is both highly accessible to newbies with no prior background in transhumanist thinking or longevity research, and also richly interesting to those of us who have [been] playing in these regions of conceptual space for a long time.... Combining common sense with appropriate invocations of rigorous research and statistics, Arrison provides the most systematic refutations I ve seen of the standard anti-longevity arguments.... Step by step, and in an invariably good-natured and friendly way, she demolishes these arguments, making a solid case that increased healthspan is likely improve rather than degrade our emotional health and family lives and enhance our careers and economies.... I wouldrecommend it to "anyone"who is interested in a broader understanding of the world as it s unfolding.
Bookworm Sez
[D]eep and deeply fascinating. If you want something that will tickle your imagination with enticing what-ifs, in fact, then nothing could hold a candle to this book.
"The Futurist"
Audiences of all kinds will find "100 Plus "to be a thoughtful and stimulating discussion. "

About the Author

Sonia Arrison is a founder, academic advisor, and trustee at Singularity University, located in Mountain View, CA. She is also a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (PRI) and a columnist for TechNewsWorld. As a frequent media contributor and guest, her work has appeared on CNN and in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2012
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Technology analyst Sonia Arrison draws on the latest research as she explores the philosophical, religious, environmental, cultural and economic implications of living to be 100 years of age or older. Will society place the same value on life? Will pollution increase and the food supply dwindle? How will familial relationships change when mothers give birth well beyond middle age? How can you climb the corporate ladder if no one ever retires? Although the book offers interesting snapshots of what life could be like when people live to be older than 100, it could use a little more connective tissue. Oh well, live (long) and learn. Despite that caveat, getAbstract recommends Arrison's musings about life extension to those who are alive and like it.
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Informative and up to date information backed by a lot of scientific data. Good read for anyone looking into the new world :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Plus rated five stars by Wanda Jo Stapleton 1 Dec. 2013
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100 Plus
By Sonia Arrison
Basic Books
Published in 2011

Reviewed by Wanda J Stapleton

The author, futurist Sonia Arrison, is a Technology Analyst at the Pacific Research Institute in Silicon Valley. Her thoroughly researched book, 100 Plus, documents how and why we will all soon get the chance to live much longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. In fact, she says that the first person to live to 150 years has probably already been born.

During the Cro-Magnon era (roughly 33,000 BC) life expectancy, she says, was only 18 years. In America today, life expectancy is 80 years --- going up because of life-extending discoveries made possible by cutting-edge advances in science and technology. So, in the future, living past 100 will be the rule, not the exception.

I’ll bet we all know persons today who are age 100 or close to it. My sister-in-law in Texas is 104 years old. Some of the volunteers at a Medical Center, where I volunteer, are in their 90s. One is almost 100, and they’re all still working.

LIFE-EXTENDING DISCOVERIES

Improving health and extending life are now common by use of surgery, gene therapy, antibiotics, vaccines, vitamins and many medicines --- medicines now mass produced and inexpensive. For one example, the drug which beat malaria, a disease which once “killed more than one million people per year in poorer regions of the world.”

Speaking of surgery, we probably all know someone who has had a massive heart attack and had up to six bypasses in their heart --- bypasses made possible by stripping veins from the legs and using them for bypasses in the heart. My daughter just had that done, six bypasses. Modern medicine is truly a miracle which saved and extended her life.

Another medical breakthrough to combat heart disease is explained by former Vice President Dick Cheney. In his recently released a book titled Heart he gives details about the heart transplant he received last year (2012).

Cheney got his heart from a human donor, but the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Winston-Salem, NC) NC is creating replacement body parts. This Institute reports that “our scientists were the first in the world to successfully implant a laboratory-grown organ into humans.” Growing new hearts, livers, breast tissue, bone, and bladders are some of the many projects being spearheaded by Wake Forest Institute.

POPULATION DECLINE

Surprisingly, living longer doesn’t mean a population explosion because couples are having fewer children. Many couples have fewer than two children, thus are not even replacing themselves.

One reason might be the availability of contraceptives. In fact, contraceptives are free for those who will get health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Also, children are expensive and no longer an economic benefit, which they were when labor was needed on the family farm.

100 PLUS

In conclusion, Sonia Arrison has persuasively argued and elegantly written an important book for our time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful! Read it together out loud with my wife. 23 Sept. 2011
By Keith P. in Silicon Valley - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW! Thank you Sonia Arrison for writing this book! When it arrived my wife saw the cover and started to read the amazing Foreword by Peter Thiel and was super interested. We then proceeded to read it together each night and discussed the topics covered in each chapter. With all the craziness of daily life (child, work, etc) it was an amazing chance for us to read, discuss and bond. What we appreciated the most about it was how thoroughly it was researched and then communicated in writing style that was easy to read. All the amazing stories, historical references and inspiring ideas about the future had us excited for each page. It is pretty clear that we are all going to live longer than the generations before us. Its about time that we start having an open discussion about the implications having millions of people who are living beyond 100 years old. The author poses a number of great questions to think about. Some that we particularly resonated with us is "What would you want to study if you were able to live to 150 years old? How would your career choices change?" Are you doing everything you can today (nutrition, exercise, relationships, passion) to ensure that you will be happy healthy when you turn 130? I just wish she would create an Audible Audio Edition! : Keith & Michiko
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible 24 Mar. 2012
By Lisa-Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a number of books related to longevity, and this is the first popular treatment by someone with a balanced and sensible viewpoint. I don't mean to disparage other authors, several of whom I count among my friends, but rather to commend Sonia for taking this discussion into the public sphere by looking at how increased longevity will really affect actual people as measured by things people actually care about, like faith, government budgets, overpopulation, etc. I personally believe that the benefits of increased healthspan will outweigh the problems, but problems there will be! Other books on the topic are written by specialists that are so immersed in the field of longevity, and so committed to working on improving the science (for which I am grateful, BTW), that they don't make the effort to reach out and invite lay readers to think critically about the considerations. Part of what made 100+ exciting to me is that it is more about the "why" of healthspan increase than the "whether" or "how", which are the geeky aspects I can already read about in the scientific literature. Sonia has done a fabulous job, with a mountain of thorough research sewn together by a generous flow of her own, original thinking.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insiders view of the growing potential for healthy longevity and its consequences to society. 9 Sept. 2011
By Kevin Perrott - Published on Amazon.com
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Sonia Arrison has produced a book that has been long in coming. An accessible discussion on the importance of healthy longevity and the means to get there along with a thoughtful probing of what such extended healthspans mean for a society whose entire unfolding is built around lifespans of 80 years. She touches on the major players who hope to develop technologies to extend healthy lifespan by capitalizing on new knowledge being generated in labs around the world. I couldn't have imagined a better treatment of a complicated subject from the perspective of what it means to the average person and their life. You will enjoy this book immensely, from the Foreward by Peter Thiel to its final pages and you will come away informed on the fast-moving and cutting-edge developments that are poised to change what it means to get old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read 29 Aug. 2011
By Vincent P. Vasquez - Published on Amazon.com
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100 Plus strikes a great balance between the research and depth that policy wonks enjoy, and the compelling stories that draw everyday readers in. Arrison is thoughtful and comprehensive in her discussion of longer human lifespans, and the impact they will have in our world. No stone is left unturned as the author contemplates the economic, environmental and even religious repercussions for people living longer, fuller lives. The importance and relevance of longevity research to the human race will only grow over time, which makes this book all the more a recommended primer on the topic. 100 Plus is lively, literate, and fun to read - and I am sharing it with family and friends.
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