Abstract: Longevity has the potential to radically extend human life span by decades. A paradigm shift from disease treatment to age reversal is taken place that potentially allows for significant increases in lifespan made possible through interventions. The challenge at the moment is of funding and awareness. The industry receives less than $500M in funding per year, mixed public impressions, and no consistent goal across experiments. Thanks to the Horvath Epigenetic Clock which measures DNA Methylation and has a 97% correlation with chronological age and the coming "Grim Clock" which predicts mortality and health spans, we can test aging interventions on monthly scale instead of decades and it is twenty times cheaper.
By using crypto primitives and incentive design, Tom Ding proposes a "Longevity X Prize" to accelerate funding, awareness, as well as the the data collaboration problem. The Prize would incentivize teams to figure out the most effective aging treatments and reward the winning teams with funding. A token represents equity/ IP investment and there is a 30% pool for grants funding. Potentially create a DAO to contribute data for investors to buy and the DAO distributes those funds for contributors. The mechanisms he discusses are also applicable to other scientific "moonshot" projects.
Pioneer: Tom Ding