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Sam Altman is already a tech titan. Somehow, at 38, he's been coding for three decades, and with the advent of ChatGPT and (more recently) Sora, he's quickly amassed nearly as much hype and influence as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

As OpenAI's CEO, Altman is widely considered to be the face of artificial intelligence, reprogramming the way we'll live and work for years to come. His relentless push into the future of tech — including early investments in Reddit, Stripe, Airbnb, and Instacart — has made him a billionaire at least a couple of times over.

But computers aren't his only passion. Over the past three years, Altman has been quietly spending a considerable amount of time and money on a more biological kind of moonshot: trying to reprogram the human body.

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