LYKEO launches the Future, Longevity and Enterprise / 2030 research project, with the objective of forecasting the impact that the phenomenon of longevity can generate in the next 12 years. To carry out this analysis, we will apply one of the most effective prospective tools: the DELPHI method, created by the founders of our partner, the Institute for the Future (Palo Alto, California). Accordingly, we are using the latest scientific research as well as current business and social structures to investigate how longevity will impact our world in the upcoming decades.
LYKEO Future Research has been founded with the conviction that the phenomenon of Longevity is one of the three great milestones that will mark the future of our civilization, together with the Technological Singularity and the impact of Climate Change. The progressive extension of life expectancy, fostered by the medical advances of the last century, can reach an unprecedented leap thanks to the innovations of Fundamental Biology. The continuous findings in this field provide a probable forecast: in just a few generations, the life expectancy in developed countries could reach over 140 years, which would mostly be lived in a good health conditions.
This possibility is added to the demographic trend of population aging, predicting a world very different from the one we know. According to data from World Population Prospects: the 2017 Revision, the number of older persons — those aged 60 years or over — is expected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by 2100, rising from 962 million globally in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050 and 3.1 billion in 2100. Globally, population aged 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups. “Population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the twenty-first century, with implications for nearly all sectors of society, including labour and financial markets, the demand for goods and services, such as housing, transportation and social protection, as well as family structures and intergenerational ties”, says United Nations.