Sumner Redstone and the business of eternal life

Conventional wisdom states that the two inescapable facts of life are death and taxes. While the last few years have suggested that the latter can be at least partially avoided if one is insanely wealthy, the former still has a hold on everyone. However, as media giant Sumner Redstone stated in a recent interview, he is planning to cheat the Grim Reaper.

On the one hand, Redstone's comments can easily be dismissed as the ramblings of an aging megalomaniac with more money than god. However, on another level, they make a lot of sense. After all, although most experts agree that death is inevitable, numerous industries are hard at work on techniques to ensure that the extremely wealthy will be able to enjoy their holdings long after the rest of us are dust.