Technology & the Future of Aging

Written by: Richard Caro. Posted: November 06, 2018. 


Below is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". 

This talk was given in March 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.


View and listen to the talk




[Update Sept. 3. 2019: This version of the talk replaces an older version given several months earlier. The new version has much better sound quality than the prior version of the talk.]



Abstract of Talk

In this talk, Dr. Richard Caro will give an overview of the Longevity Explorer community and several different products and technologies the explorer community have been evaluating and trying out, and ideas they have been discussing.

The talk will cover topics including:

  • Staying connected;
  • Safety;
  • Compensation & Augmentation;
  • Every-day objects.

Dr Caro's talk will draw heavily on explorations by the Longevity Explorers — a community of older adults in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s — who try out new products and explore new ways to leverage technology to make growing older less challenging.


Commonwealth Club Podcast

This talk was recorded and published as a Commonwealth Club Podcast, if you prefer that format. 

Listen to the Commonwealth Club Podcast: Longevity Explorers: Exploring the Future of Aging




We have added a transcript, thanks to requests and funding from members of this website. You need to be logged in to see it, and scroll to the bottom below the comments.




Reader Comments: "Technology & the Future of Aging"


from Linda Bechter (member) at August 26, 2019

The sound, echo in the room, is making it difficult to understand. A written transcript would be helpful.


from OldBroad (member) at September 01, 2019

I understand the attractiveness of video and audio to people who want to present material in an amenable and immediate way.

However, this technology is not great for the hearing impaired or for the visually impaired.  So I repeat the request of Linda Bechter for a transcript.

I am severely hearing impaired and, as you probably know, hearing loss is higher in the over 55 group than in any other.  A site that is seeking the inclusion of just that over-55 group must prepare for the percentage, I think it's about 25%, who won't be able to enjoy your presentations in an audio/visual form.


from webmaster (member) at September 01, 2019

Very valid points, and we agree with you. The downside of offering mostly free content is that the list of things we would like to do is always longer than our available funds can support. Its a good idea to make these comments, as it helps decide our priorities, so thank you. And of course we always welcome donations, every penny of which we spend on improving the contents of the website or doing new research. :)


from OldBroad (member) at September 01, 2019



from webmaster (member) at September 01, 2019

Thank you. We will get started on a transcription. :)


from OldBroad (member) at September 02, 2019

Wow.  Thank you.  I really didn't expect a direct result. I thought it was more the general question of putting my money where my mouth was. 

To make transcriptions easier, you might try voice to text software.  Just a suggestion.  I haven't found an affordable package for my computer, so I do it on my cell phone (not suggesting that for you).  I do it because I find 1) my brain goes faster than my hands these days and 2) my hands also make too many typos.


from webmaster (member) at September 04, 2019

Thanks to requests and some funding from our members, we replaced the low sound quality talk with a much higher quality soundtrack from a talk on the same topic by the same speaker but at a different venue. We also added a transcript (bottom of page and only for logged in members).

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