weekly blog--one for the ages
The market for age-related disease and aging is estimated to be a trillion dollars, and it's no surprise that Silicon Valley's ultra-wealthy are investing money in companies trying to reverse aging. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel have invested in South San Francisco-based Unity Biotechnology, a company whose mission is to extend human healthspan, the period in one’s life unburdened by the disease of aging. In 2013, Google formed aging research company Calico, and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to aging research.
Meanwhile, as one ages, you are more likely to find yourself spending more time in the bathroom, and when it comes to toilets, the ones in the US are effectively bedpans with a drain, according to an industry expert. Then there are Japanese toilets, which are marvels of technological innovation. Consider those with integrated bidets, which squirt water to clean your private parts, or the ones with dryers and heated seats. Japanese toilets also use water efficiently, clean themselves and deodorize the air, so bathrooms smell good.
Further, some feature white noise machines so you can fill your stall with the sound of rain for relaxation and privacy, and others have built-in night lights and music players that’s customizable and controlled by electronic buttons on a panel next to your seat. Most of the toilets in Japan are made by a company called Toto, which started the high-tech toilet revolution in 1980 when it unveiled the Washlet, a first-of-its-kind electric toilet seat with an integrated bidet.