And here I thought cancer was bad.
September 23, 2013 12:15 PM Subscribe
In this Time magazine interview
, Google founder Larry Page talks about the new Calico project
One particular quote jumped out at me:
"Are people really focused on the right things? One of the things I thought was amazing is that if you solve cancer, you'd add about three years to people's average life expectancy," Page said. "We think of solving cancer as this huge thing that'll totally change the world [...] but in the aggregate, it's not as big an advance as you might think."
Err, really? Can this be true? Or is this one of those statistical tricks - like the one with life expectancy in the middle ages, where we think
people died in their mid-thirties, but in reality, once you adjust for infant mortality, people actually typically lived well into their sixties? I tried asking Mr. Google but his answers were confusing.
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