Jason Hope: Philanthropic Futurist

Mix one part successful entrepreneur, one part futurist, and one part philanthropist, and you might end up with someone a lot like Jason Hope. Jason divides his time between running his businesses, writing and advising on the near and mid-term future, and being actively involved in philanthropy.

Among the subjects Jason Hope holds dear is research into anti-aging technologies, with his primary focus being SENS — Strategic Engineered Negligible Senescence — a range of technologies aimed at maintaining our bodies as we age. And it is to the SENS Research Foundation that Jason Hope made a philanthropical contribution of $500,000. SENS is an area where Jason’s philanthropy connects with his futuristic interests.

SENS is the brainchild of Aubrey de Grey. De Grey is an English polymath who is at the same time a mathematician, a writer, and a biomedical gerontologist. It is de Grey’s work that has captured Jason Hope’s attention and passion. The strategies in SENS are three — to retard cellular and metabolic decay, to regenerate cellular mechanisms that keep us young, and to repair or replace those parts of us that can be replaced when age makes its claim on them. Related Links: Jason Hope Pledges $500,000

As a futurist, Jason Hope is intensely interested in and optimistic about technologies like the IoT — the Internet of Things — and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Jason would describe his optimism about the IoT as guarded.

The IoT refers to the ever-increasing number of products that have an IP address. IP refers to the Internet Protocol. The hope for IoT is that it can reduce friction in our daily lives, and increase our efficiency. Examples of IoT some readers may already have in their homes are things like internet or smartphone accessible dishwashers, HVAC thermostats, security systems with video remotely viewable on their phone, and others. On the commercial side, it includes real-time tracking of ships, planes, trucks, and trains, including, in some cases navigational control or assisted control.

Jason Hope and others like him, who are enthusiastic about the potential of the IoT, still express concerns about the security of IoT as often implemented. Jason proposes improvements both simple and complicated. Easy fixes include setting (and enforcing) standards for reasonably strong passwords, encrypting connections, and providing checksum hashes for the software on which IoT runs. The more significant challenges lie in literally upgrading the internet to handle things its founders did not envision it would have to manage. Find out more: https://medium.com/@jasonhope



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