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Study Says Humans May Live to Be 130 by the End of the Century

super-centenariansA new study predicts that humans will live to 130 by the end of the century. Credit: Therese Ottawa, CC BY-SA 4.0

A recent study suggests that it may be possible for human beings to live to the age of 130 by the end of this century.

Researchers have studied the biological lives of over 3,800 Italian ‘semi-super-centenarians,’ or people who have managed to live longer than 105 years, as well as over 9,800 French individuals who reached that age as well.

The study yielded some surprising results. It showed that if people were able to pass over the 110-year-mark, their chances of living longer were about 50/50. Basically, every passing year after someone’s 110th birthday they have an equal chance as to whether they will stay alive another year.

How increasing population will lead to humans that live 130 by the 22nd century

In our current moment, the chances of getting lucky for 20 years after that point and living to the age of 130 is extremely slim — roughly one in a million. But that may not be the case by the end of the century — the authors of the study seem to think that a human’s chances of living to 130 will greatly increase by the 22nd century.

The conclusion of the study itself states that: “The probability of surviving until 130 conditional on reaching 110 years approximately equals that of seeing heads on 20 consecutive tosses of a fair coin.

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