Buying things with Bitcoin has become easier and more convenient every year. As a result, more products and services are added to the list of things you can purchase with digital currency. But did you ever consider the fact that your Bitcoin donations may hold the key to unlocking the secret of eternal life?
SENS Foundation – The Quest for Eternal Youth
Scientific research is nothing short of being amazing, as we learn and discover new things on a daily basis. Even things we have taken for granted over the centuries are at risk of being debunked, and you could even go as far as stating that nothing is what it seems. One of the greatest mysteries that is keeping many scientists awake is whether or not we can become immortal.
From a scientific point of view, it would be a major breakthrough if the human lifespan could be extended by several [hundreds of] years. Many of our readers will question whether or not this life-altering scenario would be beneficial to anyone, but you can’t help but be intrigued by the concept of living several hundreds of years. Up to this point, that privilege is beholden to vampires, even though no one believes they exist.
The SENS Foundation, a life extension research institute is now accepting Bitcoin donations in order to unlock the mystery of eternal youth. You may have heard of the SENS Foundation, or to be more precise, the person at the helm. Aubrey de Grey is notorious for dedicating his life to anti-aging solutions and ultimately he hopes to achieve immortality.
Bitcoin Donations Due To Continous Demands
It is not an obvious choice for a research institute such as the SENS Foundation to start accepting Bitcoin donations. This decision can be attributed to bitcoiners taking it upon themselves to reach out to SENS and enquire about investing their digital currency. After rejecting these requests for quite some time, Jerri Barrett [SENS’ vice-president of outreach] decided to give Bitcoin enthusiasts a chance.
“Bitcoin has caught on everywhere, but the story of SENS’s eager Bitcoin donors piqued my interest. It was just the latest in a row of cases linking interest in cryptocurrency with interest in life-extension or other transhumanist projects. It looked like there was an unspoken, long-running connection between the two things.”
Transhumanism and Bitcoin Enthusiasm – More Alike Than You’d Think
The SENS Foundation is not the first scientific research institute to accept Bitcoin donations. Just a few years ago – in 2013 to be precise – the nonprofit organization Lifeboat Foundation publicly announced their commitment to digital currencies. This organization wants to have the majority of their funding coming from 21st century money – as in, currencies that are not backed by a government.
As a result of that announcement, Lifeboat Foundation activated over a dozen Bitcoin wallets in order to start accepting digital currency donations. Low and behold, nearly US$200,000 worth of Bitcoins has been donated so far, which is quite a staggering amount considering it didn’t even take two years to raise that kind of money.
Furthermore, cryonics company Alcor lets their patients pay in Bitcoin since Q4 of 2012. Even though this has proven to be less of a success than originally anticipated, there is at least one major Bitcoin name who has taken the company up on their offer. Hal Finney, one of the very first Bitcoiners, has been cryopreserved in the summer of 2014.
But the similarities do not end there, as many transhumanist fora and websites often feature discussions on Bitcoin and other digital currencies. According to several people, this may have to do with the fact that people in Bitcoin have a higher IQ and are well read. The same can be said for the people interested in life-extension scientific research.
“So far we have got about 20 Bitcoin donations, for $700 overall. We convert them straight away to dollars, because of Bitcoin’s volatility. We will let the world know when we get something really large.” – Jerri Barrett
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