What do Jeff Bezos, the man termed as the ‘richest man in modern history‘ and the Russian born Israeli entrepreneur, Yuri Milner, one of the most influential information technology investors, have in common, apart from being extremely wealthy tech giants?
The answer is, an aversion to death:
Amazon founder and Elon Musk’s favorite punching bag Jeff Bezos is assembling a team of top scientists to assist in his dream of developing immortality technology.
The billionaire is funneling his money into an anti-aging startup dubbed Alto Labs, which formerly launched on Wednesday.
Bezos isn’t the only uber-wealthy investor helping fund Alto Labs either. Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner is also pitching in to help develop anti-aging technology.
In pursuit of this impossible goal, the duo has poured billions into the formation of Altos Labs, a biotechnology company focused on making breakthroughs in cellular reprogramming and rejuvenation, in hopes of unlocking the cure to death. The company has only been recently conceived and yet already has received a whopping starter budget of $3 billion.
Aside from this suspiciously generous grant, the billionaires with their overflowing pockets have also recruited some of the most well-known names in this field to fulfill their own unattainable fantasies. Scientists such as Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte (known for work on rejuvenation through reprogramming), Steve Horvath (known for work in epigenetic aging clocks), and Shinya Yamanaka (the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of cellular reprogramming in mammalian cells) have all been poached to work for this company.
Even though Altos Labs has said that it doesn’t necessarily want to cure death, instead focusing on other actual diseases such as cancer, it’s pretty clear that this is their long-term plan. Just like Elon Musk’s Neuralink implant began with the goal of allowing patients bed-ridden due to spinal injuries to walk again, only to then make announcements of their clear intentions of turning this into a profitable product to be used on perfectly healthy people.
But the question that arises is, why? Why are these rich elites spending so much of their wealth and effort into defying death, a destination that is normal, and moreover, inevitable for all humans?
Both billionaires Musk and Bezos have reached their late fifties. And after a life filled with sin, deceit, and exploiting others like the products their mega-companies manufacture, they’ve realized a grave truth. After decades of accumulating wealth through cold calculations, and forming the proverbial global hoard of gold that they’re sitting on, a worrying concern has finally entered their minds.
‘What now? After all that fame, glory, and wealth, what’s next?’
And the answer is death. It bothers them that the physical outcome that awaits them after such glamorous lives is the same as everyone else’s. And as prophets of the religion of modernism, the thought of their temporary triumphs coming to an end terrifies them. After a life of worshipping their ambitions and spawning a generation that worships them, they now have to return to the One they should have been worshipping, their Creator Allah.
But just like every tenet of liberalism and modernism, their recent antic is a direct defiance of Allah. Muslims all around the world are very familiar with the following verse:
Every soul has to taste death. It is on the Day of Judgement that you shall be paid your rewards in full. So, whoever has been kept away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has really succeeded. The worldly life is nothing but an illusionary enjoyment. (3:185)
This is exactly what they’ve wasted their entire lives on. And now that they’ve reached an age when this veil of illusionary enjoyment is being lifted, the truth has suddenly caught up with them. And instead of facing their fate without fear like a believing Muslim would, they try to run away from it like cowards. They try desperately to change what cannot be changed. Fearing this inevitable end to invincibility, they have resorted to attempting to change what Allah the All-Knowing has Written, and in doing so, playing gods themselves.
The story of tyrants pathetically playing at being God, reveling in worldly pleasures, totally disillusioned from reality until the moment death arrives and suddenly shatters these delusions is one that Allah has frequently warned us about. Just think back to the story of Pharaoh’s arrogance. Do the actions of the modern oligarchs not bear resemblance to that?
If Allah were to punish people ˹immediately˺ for their wrongdoing, He would not have left a single living being on earth. But He delays them for an appointed term. And when their time arrives, they cannot delay it for a moment, nor could they advance it. (16:61)