Data and Tech for Longevity: An Introduction
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This meetup will start with a high-level overview of aging:
1. Why aging?
2. What happens to you as you age?
3. Does every species experience aging or is it just us?
4. [How you are (most likely) going to die]....you’re welcome.
5. How is all this happening — what’s making you age anyway?
6. Can’t anyone stop this aging business?
Next, we will discuss some high-level approaches to ending aging and extending life, the role of AI/tech in longevity, why now is the best time to get started, and what you can do about it (you can help and you can help in a big way).
Shreya will then discuss her motivation for starting MoreLife (https://www.morelife.tech/) and explain how you can work on interesting data and engineering projects to help solve one of the biggest problems impacting humankind. We are now at a juncture in the aging field: year over year, there is an exponential increase in data availability, but not necessarily in the availability of data scientists, artificial intelligence practitioners, software engineers, data engineers, machine learning experts, and more. The goal of MoreLife is to bridge this gap between aging research labs and data science / machine learning / engineering expertise.
MoreLife is made up of two groups: experts and volunteers. Experts from the aging sector share a list of problems that are slowing them down. Volunteers, then, try to help eliminate these problems.
MoreLife is inspired by researchers in aging and longevity, folks in tech who dedicate their free time to meaningful projects, and philosophers behind efforts such as DataKind, Code for America, Scikit-Learn and many others.
Check out the meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/Data-Tech-for-longevity/
Shreya's background is in Math and Physics. She has over a decade of experience in data science, data strategy, and data products. She has worked in finance, edtech, civictech, and more. She also has her own data consulting company, under which she consults with edtech organizations, schools, districts, and cities on effectively using their data. She has recently started MoreLife, which is a result of one of her deepest yearnings: for humankind to have an option to live longer and healthier. The mission of MoreLife is to build a network that can help accelerate breakthroughs in aging and longevity.
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