Josh Whiton, Tech entrepreneur & Urban agriculturalist: 2012 Featured Participant

February 1st, 2012 by peterson@foresight.org

Josh is “an entrepreneur with a bent for social and ecological reform.” He is the founder and CEO of TransLoc, a company making mass transit easier to use.  He is also co-founder of Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm start-up that aims to reduce waste, improve diets, and re-connect urbanites with agriculture.  He lectures frequently on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Check out Josh’s TEDx talk on mood issues as a possible signal for change; see also his blog posts on health, including the latest version of his protocol for optimal health, performance, and longevity. We asked Josh what is bringing him all the way from North Carolina to Personalized Life Extension 2012:

What got you into life extension?

I remember the first time I heard about the calorie restriction experiments on rats when I was in my early twenties. I was floored. I had already come to understand that what we eat affects our quality of life. But I had never imagined such dramatic effects on quantity. The whole concept was riveting. Despite being a software technology entrepreneur, it suddenly seemed to me that diet and lifestyle technology was even cooler.

Which areas of life extension most interest you?

The amount of knowledge to gain about life and the universe is truly awesome, as is the capability of the human being to pursue such knowledge. But faced with all that potential knowledge the human lifespan is outmatched. Life extension, to me, means that people who truly want to learn, grow, and contribute to moving society forward can do so for much longer. The cumulative knowledge base being formed by such people, could make them the wisest, most effective people in the history of the human race.

Thanks for putting on the conference!

Thank YOU, Josh, for coming so far to work with us on life extension!  Find Josh on Twitter at @joshwhiton.  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

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