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Longevity Bulletin: The technology edition (Issue 11)

Advances in technology bring implications for mortality and longevity trends. This edition of the Longevity Bulletin examines a range of technological developments and highlights key issues for consideration as the relationships between society and technology continue to evolve.

The Longevity Bulletin aims to provide an overview of research on some of the biggest challenges facing policymakers and society in the context of longevity, ageing and population change. It presents and explains actuarial perspectives on population longevity and looks beyond the actuarial world for statistics, research and the latest thinking on related subjects, providing general and technical perspectives to address relevant topics.

With contributions from authors offering expertise from their specialist fields, this edition includes:

  • The Internet of Health Things: Is the rapid growth of the use of devices, products and services to enhance health and well-being a game-changer for the healthcare industry? We look at the opportunities and challenges involved, as well as providing an update from the IFoA’s Working Party.
  • Community-based self-care: As digital technologies play a growing role in the emerging practice of self-care, this article outlines their application and limitations, highlighting the need for face-to-face support infrastructures.
  • e-Cigarettes: What are the impacts of the use of e-cigarettes on health and behaviours and how can these be assessed from an insurance perspective? The IFoA’s Working Party provides an overview of its research.
  • Autonomous vehicles: Driverless cars are now a reality. This article looks at some of the main implications, with a particular focus on the potential for reduced mortality and morbidity from traffic-related accidents and the redefinition of risks in vehicle insurance.
  • Life extension technologies: If human life could be extended by biotechnical interventions and in alternative forms, how might society and insurers respond, and can the stuff of science fiction help actuaries and others in considering how to deal with disruptive technology?

Download the Longevity Bulletin 11: The technology edition.

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  • Spaces available

    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

  • Spaces available

    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

    Spaces available

    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

  • Spaces available

    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.