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The Methuselah Mouse Prize David Gobel President Aubrey de Grey Chief Architect – Co-Founder The Methuselah Foundation www.methuselahmouse.org.

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1 The Methuselah Mouse Prize David Gobel President Aubrey de Grey Chief Architect – Co-Founder The Methuselah Foundation

2 Money – Lots and Lots of Money!

3 Today:Penalties if you look like youre doing what youre really doing

4 Moths around the wrong flame Its the rare person indeed who doesnt eventually follow the money

5 Change Society Need a way to Change Society from Caution to Enthusiastic Cheering

6 Your friendly neighborhood black hole Prize Dynamics - $1,000 a week

7 Prizes Generate Accelerated/increased funding (16:1) - huge media - cheering fans - drama Longitude Prize – Impossible – Like Perpetual Motion French Academy of Sciences – Highly unlikely Orteig Prize – Just A matter of time – Spirit of St. Louis Xprize –Youve GOT to be kidding – Private Space Travel? Prizes enjoy a 100 % success rate as a catalyst for the impossible

8 Moral Hazard: Let the other guy contribute –I can take the pill whether I contribute or not… Telethon Style Tote board SETI? – Drake Equation Lifeline Conjecture – Roll your own estimates This is your life – take it or leave it Well, at LEAST do it for your kids!

9 Within 7 years the prize will be at $10,000,000 and growing

10 Must be an INTERNATIONAL Competition - to bring out the big money! Why? It puts National Pride (and budget $$ on the table. Contact Aubrey or Dave Gobel to see how to get involved! Richard CutlerRichard Cutler Rich MillerRich Miller Rick WeindruchRick Weindruch Christian SellChristian Sell And now…YOU are Invited!And now…YOU are Invited! Competing Researchers


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