Since long before Ponce de Leon went looking for the fountain of youth, humans have been wondering how to live longer. Now, Google’s resident futurist Ray Kurzweil—winner of President Clinton’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation and bestselling author of Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever—has revealed one answer: Eat a healthy diet. Before you say, “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before,” wait till you see Kurzweil’s own diet. It involves chocolate for breakfast, and other delicious things like salmon. It’s pretty detailed, and it doesn’t sound half-bad.
The 68-year-old, Bill Gates-endorsed futurist, who pioneered the Singularity concept, recently told Playboy that by 2029, we should all be able to live forever. And he’s taking steps to be in shape when that happens. For instance, here’s a typical Kurzweil breakfast, according to the Financial Times reporter Caroline Daniel, who sat down to a morning meal with him:
“There is a bowl of berries; a plate with smoked salmon and mackerel; six pieces of dark chocolate; a carton of vanilla WestSoy milk, a pile of Stevia sachets, and a bowl of tepid, dense porridge.”
As Kurzwel summed it up to Daniel: “Cocoa is anti-inflammatory and it’s very good for you. So that’s very dark chocolate with some espresso in. Berries, soy milk, unsweetened. Fish and green tea.”
Sounds pretty doable, right?
There’s just one catch: Pills. Lots of pills. Kurzweil told The Financial Times that he spends ” a few thousand dollars a day” on his 100-pills-a-day intake. Business Insider did the rough math, and estimates that’s about $1 million a year.
The good news: Kurzweil used to take more than 250 pills a day, so he’s cut that down by more than half. The question is, how many more years until he gets that pill intake down to zero?
Author: Tom Green
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