Google reveals Calico, its new effort to help extend human life

Google is not a company that is afraid to announce huge new ventures and ideas, such as Google Glass and Project Loon. Today, the company revealed yet another one of its so-called "moonshot" projects. It's a new subsidiary company called Calico and its aim is apparently to help extend human life.

The official announcement of Calico is short on details, saying only that the company is looking to "focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases." Google CEO Larry Page is quoted in the press release as saying that both illness and aging affect everyone but that with new healthcare and biotechnology efforts, he hopes that Calico "can improve millions of lives."

Arthur D. Levinson will be the CEO of Calico. Prior to this he was CEO of Genentech and will stay at that company as Chairman. He also happens to be the Chairman at Apple and today's press release even quotes that company's CEO Tim Cook, who says, "For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking. Art is one of the crazy ones who thinks it doesn’t have to be this way. There is no one better suited to lead this mission and I am excited to see the results.”

There's no word yet on how much money Google is putting into Calico nor how many people it will bring on to work at the new subsidiary.

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Good on Google to do this, hopefully something good comes out of it.

I think this is a good chance for us all to remember that these big corporations like Google, MS, or Apple actually do like to support causes like this. So just keep that in mind when you are ready to make your next attack against one of these guys, to call them evil and such.

On the other hand, its interesting that some that would criticize those making a joke now would be laughing it up if it was MS.


i think making human live longer is a great idea however with rapidly dwindling space and resources i think money could be spent elsewhere! we need need less people on earth and better management of resources.

This seems like something that Google can't really make money on. Good for them!

The problems of mankind are far deeper and more numerous than this, so they will ultimately fail, but it's still good to see ridiculously rich company try to do something more altruistic than making money.

Darth Tigris said,
This seems like something that Google can't really make money on. Good for them!

lol?? Do you think they will be giving any drugs and techniques they develop out for free?? As people always point out, Google is a business and they are there to make money. I would say the investments would be high so anything they develop will be expensive making it for the super rich only. Basically the super rich helping the super rich live longer so both parties can become richer.

CygnusOrion said,
I really wish Bill Gates would work on this instead of 3rd world things.

Isn't helping people live longer kinda the same thing as helping extend human life?

neonspark said,
so you can't escape google ads even if you try to die of old age.

The same could be said to reading your comments.

Well .... if I don't have to go thru whole bunch of ads from email, I would live longer. Please fix that first ....

Good deal. Would like to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime. Had a friend die of cancer and it was very painful for her.

techbeck said,
Wow, It didnt take long for someone to make a negative spin on this. Good job......

Living 20 years longer , dont sound so good if you develop all age related problems like cancer.

DrakeN2k said,

Living 20 years longer , dont sound so good if you develop all age related problems like cancer.


the company is looking to "focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases."

techbeck said,
Wow, It didnt take long for someone to make a negative spin on this. Good job......
Actually, you were the first to put a negative spin on something (the first comment). I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic about what people think of the motives of Google.

Pluto is a Planet said,
Actually, you were the first to put a negative spin on something (the first comment). I'm pretty sure he was being sarcastic about what people think of the motives of Google.

This is neowin, he was being completely serious.