Is The Human Max Age 122?

How long did people used to live for? Back in the 1500’s, records show that life
expectancy in Europe was between 30 and 40 years old, and it stayed that way up to around
1800, according to evolutionary biologist Caleb Finch in his 2010 article published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He also tells us that in ancient Greek and
Roman times it was as short as 20 to 35 years. Since the early 1800s, Finch writes that life
expectancy at birth has doubled in a period of only 10 or so generations. But after 1800 things improved with better
health care, sanitation, immunizations, access to cleaner water, and people also ate better. Today many people live past 100 years old. But have we reached the limit and seen the
oldest person we will ever see? That’s what we’ll be looking at in this
episode of The Infographics Show: Is The Human Max Age Is 122? Jeanne Louise Calment was a French supercentenarian,
who has the longest confirmed human lifespan of 122 years, 164 days. She was born on 21 February 1875 and passed
away on 4 August 1997. Living all of her life in Arles, a city on
the Rhône River in the Provence region of southern France, Calment outlived both her
daughter and grandson, and she became the oldest living person on 11 January 1988 when
she reached the ripe old age of 112. She was declared the oldest person ever on
17 October 1995 at 120, two years before she passed away. No one has ever passed her record-breaking
lifespan of 122 years on the planet. So how did Calment do it? Was it a freak anomaly or did she live in
a way that helped her carry on for so much longer than the average life? Clement did come from a family of relatively
long lifers, but nothing in comparison to her 100+ marathon. And though she lived a comfortable and stress-free
life, with a healthy appetite and a daily exercise routine, there was nothing particularly
special about Calment’s lifestyle. In fact from the age of 21 to 117 she smoked
cigarettes. According to Wikipedia, she smoked no more
than two cigarettes per day but it is not known whether she inhaled which could make
a difference to the affect on her heath. So maybe she was a one off. In a study published in October 2017, in the
journal Nature, Jan Vijg, a molecular geneticist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
in New York, analyzed data on how long people have lived in recent decades across multiple
countries. They discovered that lifespan in many of the
countries had not changed much since the 1980’s leading them to conclude that humans may have
reached their maximum possible lifespan and that the plateau was about 115. However there was some controversy surrounding
this research and James Vaupel, a demographer at the Max Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography
of Aging in Denmark, commented, “I was outraged that Nature, a journal I highly respect, would
publish such a travesty.”Vaupel argued that one of the databases lacked data for many
of the years they studied and that they analyzed maximum age at death in a year, rather than
maximum life span attained in a year. Siegfried Hekimi, a geneticist at McGill University
in Montreal, also concluded that there was no evidence that maximum human lifespan had
reached a peak, when he and his team analyzed trends in the life spans of the longest-living
people from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Japan. When looking at each year since 1968, they
found that both maximum and average life spans might continue to increase a long way into
the foreseeable future. But even if that is the case, we only have
an example of one person who has lived past 120, so the odds are still very low. As our technology advances can we increase
the length of our lives? Scientists have managed to alter the DNA of
small species such as worms, mice, and flies to increase lifespan. And though it maybe possible, according to
James Vaupel, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, attempting
the same procedure with humans is still a long way off. And even then, we may only grab a few more
years. But during our research we found a solution
that may turn all of this on it’s head, and that takes us to the realm of artificial
intelligence, more commonly known as AI. There are some people out there, who believe
it will someday be possible to transfer a person’s consciousness into a new host body
or even into a robot body that could go on forever. In Altered Carbon, a recent Netflix series
where human consciousness has been digitized and the body no longer matters, one character
explains “You shed it like a snake sheds its skin.” But this is a TV sci-fi series and surely
can’t become reality? According to Randal Koene, a Neuroscientist
and founder of Carboncopies Foundation, mostly likely it can. Most scientists agree that everything about
our mind and conscious awareness comes about due to the operations carried out by the biological
machinery of the brain. So if we can understand those operations and
implement them elsewhere, then that new implementation will again produce the mind and conscious
awareness we know to be ourself. And there’s even a startup company who claim
to be working on this. Humai is an AI technology company and their
CEO, Josh Bocanegra, says his team will resurrect their first human within 30 years. Bocanegra explained in 2015 “We’re using
artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral
patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor
technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased
human. Using cloning technology, we will restore
the brain as it matures.” Can Humai really achieve this? After he made these statements there was a
lot of backlash online with established scientists saying that we are a long way from being able
to do this and it’s still only philosophized in conversations. So maybe Bocanegra is jumping the gun a little. Andrea Riposati, an artificial intelligence
expert formerly employed at Amazon, said Bocanegra’s plan is both a hoax and could be “a very
effective way to rob people.” There certainly seems to be a lot of debate
and opinion on this subject and though 122 is currently the maximum age, we are yet to
see if someone will live longer to tell the tale. Do you think we’ll live to be older in the
future and if so how old? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
Things Old People Say They Regret. Thanks for watching, and as always, please
don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!


  1. The Infographics Show said:

    They say that with age comes wisdom, but you must first be young and stupid. What was the most stupid thing you did in your youth? And what was the best advice you got from a person who lived long enough to be called old?

    October 30, 2018
  2. Brook&Jaxon Play games said:

    Survives for a day

    November 18, 2018
  3. Peter Hutchinson said:

    the human lifespan is fair to short we should reach one thousand easily

    November 18, 2018
  4. Nick Nick said:

    I am greek:) 🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷

    November 18, 2018
  5. Monthly Memes said:

    An 124 year old person died a few years ago

    November 19, 2018
  6. Kelly Lawson said:

    No 256

    November 19, 2018
  7. Angel Zavala said:

    I'll be 125 years old

    November 21, 2018
  8. Tsundere Child said:

    I thought the world record for the longest lifespan was 126 years.

    November 24, 2018
  9. Tsundere Child said:

    I’m here for a good time not a long time.

    November 24, 2018
  10. Anthony Katsivalis said:

    I believe that the more medical equipment and techniques develop and get better as well as vaccines for pathogens will increase longevity beyond 122

    November 25, 2018
  11. Fredrik S said:

    The moment AI can plot against us without us knowing about it is the true tipping point.

    November 26, 2018
  12. Dara Ó Callaráin said:


    November 26, 2018
  13. Dazzlings said:

    WWI and WWII not very unstressful.

    November 28, 2018
  14. Danny Murch said:

    You should do a video on who lives longer men or women great video👍

    November 30, 2018
  15. LittleBig Minecraft_Luc said:

    Lets hope that transferring your mind to a robot doesn't end like GLaDOS

    December 1, 2018
  16. Master Chief said:

    Dose Doctor Who count?

    December 6, 2018
  17. Silly Madness said:

    At least it’s not the max age in BitLife

    December 14, 2018
  18. GreatestGulag said:

    All of these edgy kids in the comments saying they want to die young…

    December 23, 2018
  19. ッιиѕαиιту said:

    I. Would commit suicide

    December 29, 2018
  20. Cluzzi FN said:


    January 24, 2019
  21. Shreyas Dongre said:

    Well that old lady could have lived more longer if PUBG was there at that time…🤨🤔

    January 26, 2019
  22. Elizabeth Bathory True said:

    Transferring consciousness is impossible.
    You can make a perfect backup really, but the robot will only be a clone of you.
    Your flow of consciousness will cease the moment your biological brain stop functioning and WON'T transfer over.

    February 3, 2019
  23. Oryx TheMad God said:

    What is the name of the background music?

    February 15, 2019
  24. Garvin Benjamin -G LION said:

    Cuba vs USA

    February 15, 2019
  25. Garvin Benjamin -G LION said:

    Guyana vs Venezuela

    February 15, 2019
  26. Garvin Benjamin -G LION said:

    Do one about Brazil vs Argentina

    February 15, 2019
  27. sol porter said:

    Outliving your kids thougg

    February 19, 2019
  28. Ralphlaurence sabariaga said:

    Did you have infographic about eating healthy and unhealthy?. P

    February 21, 2019
  29. Jessica Pierce said:

    Project 2045

    February 22, 2019
  30. Rockwall said:

    By the time us millennials die, our average lifespan will be 120 years. Within 200 years, humans have already doubled life expectancy for the rich (developing countries that don't have access to clean water and vaccines still have a lowish life expectancy). The rate of change in our lives is an exponential curve, we are improving our technology faster and faster. It won't be long until a single computer is more powerful than everyone on Earth combined. I believe the use of technology in, on, and around us is a new evolution of humans. That is how different we are to our ancestors.

    February 26, 2019
  31. King Pervert said:

    You die twice! once on your last breath and second when you're completely forgotten.

    March 9, 2019
  32. Jrlopez said:

    Chuck norris: Try me

    April 5, 2019
  33. James Roscoe said:

    What I don't understand is how does anyone know for a fact the oldest person in the world lived to be 122? Can we only confirm this through birth certificates? There are billions of people in the world how do we know that everyone's accounted for? Does everyone have a birth certificate? Of course not. There are places in the world where many people don't have one. Yet everyone accepts the claim that the oldest age anyone has reached was 122 … because we can validate it. While I'm not saying the claims of extreme longevity are true such as men and women in rural parts of the world claiming to be between 140-190 years if age. If anyone does lives that long the problem is they'll likely have no way to validate their claim. The history of the birth certificate is shorter than you think and not everywhere in the world started doing it at the same time.

    April 8, 2019
  34. Sean said:

    My great grandma lived to 102.. she was cared for like a baby and never had to work a day of her life yet she was always very sad

    April 18, 2019
  35. Javi 4122005 said:

    Monaco has the longest life expectancy of 9 decades

    April 20, 2019
  36. Kevin González said:

    Break the world record.

    April 29, 2019
  37. 23 Hats said:

    Recorded one maybe. There are way older people in the shadows.
    It is one of the reasons why I never take most statistics seriously.

    April 30, 2019
  38. Mustafa Aadan said:

    Adam lived 960 years and Abraham passed 170 years.

    May 7, 2019
  39. Hugo said:

    Eat plant based, you'll make it!

    May 11, 2019
  40. Micheal Morrison said:

    75 or 76 is enough for me thanks but i think 76 is better

    May 24, 2019
  41. Micheal Morrison said:

    20s too young 30 young 40 young 50 young 60 young 70 is OK for dying 75 right time 76 is ok but 77 just seems boring number

    May 24, 2019
  42. Micheal Morrison said:

    can we not make the max possible age 130

    May 24, 2019
  43. Alien Queen said:

    My great grandma (I think) is 102 or 103 years old. Maybe she’ll live longer???

    May 28, 2019
  44. twilly 8888 said:

    4:48 the idea of something like that is horrifying

    June 2, 2019
  45. IJustDontKnow said:

    humans would live for 1000 years if they did not sin.

    June 13, 2019
  46. Rae said:

    “He’s dead”
    but wait the screen shows the heart is sill beating at the same rate

    oh nvm it isnt plugged in sorry

    June 17, 2019
  47. tasty co 2.0 said:

    In BitLife I lived until 124

    June 17, 2019
  48. tasty co 2.0 said:

    I hope they bring X back ;-;

    June 17, 2019
  49. Jon Stewart said:

    If you’re in space for a few weeks near a black hole, you’ll go from 35 to 124 in a short time like Matthew McConaughey did in Interstellar and still look the same.

    June 18, 2019
  50. Dealidi Basse said:

    I die and keep coming back. That has to effect this scale.

    June 20, 2019
  51. Dealidi Basse said:

    I will live 129. You will listen to Me.

    June 20, 2019
  52. rjrox1000 said:

    Can anyone tell what music is the background one?

    July 8, 2019
  53. Mike Tyshchenko said:

    Yuen did.

    July 9, 2019
  54. Mikhail Mamontov said:

    How long cat or dog usually live, even if you provide them with the best care? There is genetics for all animals including humans, and it will limit maximum age for a majority of us, that is around 80s. Roman empire and victorian england had a lot of people reaching 70s and 80s if these people did not die from diseases, it is documented. To become roman senator citizen had to reach 44 years old, not everybody would die then at 30 in acient rome.

    July 9, 2019
  55. Cacheshadow Junior said:

    In the bible the oldest person was 960 something, the first humans

    July 11, 2019
  56. Mike Tyshchenko said:

    I want to live 295 years old

    July 23, 2019
  57. Game&Watch _2007 said:

    If I was alive by 2222, I will be 215 years old

    July 26, 2019
  58. Can We Get 1,000 Subscribers With No Videos? said:

    Imagine knowing 1-minute bere you die that you are going to die.

    August 2, 2019
  59. socialist republic's of youtube Atlantis said:


    We live forever in our loved ones hearts when we die …. 😁

    August 13, 2019
  60. Curtis Gangler said:

    I believe I will break that record of 122 to reach 125 maybe even 130 I'm confident I will do it

    August 18, 2019
  61. hashim madmuj said:


    August 21, 2019
  62. Xabi 77 said:

    My grandpa was 121 it's true it was Spain 🙁

    August 25, 2019
  63. ToadetteFireSeal2109 said:


    August 26, 2019
  64. K REAL [yes it is] BETA 創造的な said:

    I’ve always thought the current expectancy was 123.

    August 27, 2019
  65. DinoSam Gaming said:

    This video : *exists*
    That 145 yr. old man from ODN : Am i a joke to you?

    August 27, 2019
  66. insertnamehere001 said:

    – longest lived person smoked daily
    – smoking kills

    August 27, 2019
  67. Wylliam Judd said:

    This is very misleading about life expectancy in ancient times. What was the life expectancy of a 25 year old in the 1700s, or Ancient Rome? Probably much closer to what it is now. The massive downward pressure on life expectancy in those times was mainly childbirth and childhood illnesses.

    September 5, 2019
  68. BikeStuff said:

    human brain in android body, simple

    September 12, 2019
  69. JohnForEntertainment said:

    That's cool because my great grandpa is 105 years old. I hope he could live longer than that and beat the record!

    September 25, 2019
  70. JohnForEntertainment said:

    In the morning, my 1467 year old grandma goes and wakes up 4 in the morning to watch and look at memes.
    Secondly, she needs to lay hide and seek with players and transports herself into the granny game. At lunch, she steals and eats spagetti from one of the mario brothers.

    Pretty cool routine for my 17 greats grandma, right?

    September 25, 2019
  71. Anna Galik said:

    Well my great great great grandfather lived for 192 years born March 18 1827 died APRIL 30 2019

    September 25, 2019
  72. TURBO GAMING said:

    Some people say age becomes wisdom.

    I say age become fossil

    September 27, 2019
  73. Gregory Forster said:

    Frankly for be the human lifespan just seems real way too long.
    And I really don't want to be on earth that long.

    October 3, 2019
  74. Katie Elder said:

    Actually it's around 125

    October 3, 2019
  75. Liberal Socialist said:

    Life Expectancy is just avg of a population not a limit.

    October 5, 2019
  76. Liberal Socialist said:

    No such thing as didn't inhale. You mean to say she smoked without inhaling hot smoke.

    October 5, 2019
  77. Liberal Socialist said:

    Go Vegan

    October 5, 2019
  78. essennagerry said:

    She was three when my country regained its independance!

    October 7, 2019
  79. جاسم المعضادي said:

    Maybe in the far away future we may live up to 1000 years old

    October 8, 2019
  80. Turtle Human said:

    There was this man who was 146 years old. He died in 2017.

    October 9, 2019
  81. Xscorpion gamerX said:

    Hey I'm 178288318817229101873738281817238298182737152916281918716363727 years old

    October 9, 2019
  82. RadioactiveTaco said:

    People back in the Bible Times lived over 900 years old.

    October 11, 2019
  83. martin izaguirre said:

    My mom and dad lived when she was alive my parents still alive

    October 14, 2019
  84. Samuel Banks said:

    Like and you’ll live to 162

    October 17, 2019
  85. Pleb Gamers said:

    My grandpa is 92 and he smoked for 20 years and was shot by a bullet in the leg.

    October 18, 2019
  86. Daesarul Plays said:

    When you try to reach the oldest age and you see death in your dream
    Someone: WHAT THE FU-
    Death: Hippity hoppity you’re now my property
    Someone after death: WHHHYYYYYYY

    October 19, 2019
  87. tigerlord600 said:

    2018, oct 23. 2019, oct 23

    October 25, 2019
  88. Hard Rok said:

    My great grandmother last birthday was her 100th. R.I.P C.I.💖

    October 27, 2019
  89. Carlos Antonio Morelos 930 km said:

    500 years is the age of the oldest man
    He is still living

    October 28, 2019
  90. TheGoldenWolf ッ said:

    No not true…

    Just leave Minecraft on for 1,000 years this has been a lie all a lie! ッ

    October 28, 2019
  91. andy crossfit said:

    AI : Consciousness can be placed on a robot. wow….

    October 30, 2019
  92. 10000 subs with one video videos said:

    My grandma lives to 121 but unfortuantly she was a pornstar and was diagnosed with aids and they couldnt treat someone so old

    October 31, 2019
  93. Kareem Raed said:

    this is super wrong one of my grandmothers sons died at 92y old and she her self died at 125 and she is one of many

    November 1, 2019
  94. JM Manila said:

    Its an 145 old

    November 3, 2019
  95. Red Book said:

    In BitLife it’s 123.

    November 3, 2019
  96. FSUFootballDude said:

    Great video

    November 7, 2019
  97. Denise Johnson Vaught said:

    Some people lived
    for 450

    November 9, 2019
  98. Depressed Zack said:


    November 9, 2019
  99. EchoNefarious said:

    Every year is like gaining more perk points for the next life. These tryhards out here grinding for 120+ points happy while I’m struggling to get 20 done right.

    November 10, 2019
  100. Kullen Pua said:

    That’s not true the oldest person alive was 141, not lying

    November 10, 2019

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