Books Is the first 150-year-old alive right now? Stephanie Curtis October 26, 2012, 11:50 AM Oct 26, 2012 1 Nate Garvis, one of our Friday Roundtable guests, mentioned Ray Kurzweil’s theory that the first person who will live to 150 years is alive right now. Here’s Kurzweil explaining how biotechnology will make this possible: And here’s the reading list for our guests: David Cazares: ‘The Yellow Birds‘ Pat Lopez: ‘Home Front Girl’ and a Vonnegut biography ‘And So It Goes.’ Nate Garvis: ‘Wired to Care’ and ‘Einstein’ by Walter Isaacson. -Stephanie Curtis, social media host ‹ Older How Minnesotans talk about marriage Newer › Tuesday’s show: 3rd District debate plus the hunt for Osama Browse by category Arts & Culture Education Behind the scenes Science Economy, Business & Jobs News & Trends Politics & Government Books Health & Medicine Field Notes Book Lists About the blogger Stephanie Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org • @stephcurtis Stephanie Curtis has produced events, daily news shows, documentaries, conferences and call-ins for MPR News. She also was among the pioneering producers who launched The Current. You can hear her discuss movies every Thursday on The Cube Critics. Michael Baumann What a terrifying, awful prospect. The last thing this planet needs is for the human race to more than double its lifespan. Our bodies have evolved to begin degrading soon after our reproductive age is met and we’ve extended it beyond that age too far already. Medical science is great when it improves quality of life and manages pain. It’s terrifying when we needessly and artificially extend our life spans.