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Zermelane t1_izxig04 wrote

What an utterly absurd year it has been in science and technology. Here's to many more mind-boggling surprises in the year ahead.


lovesdogsguy t1_izycq7y wrote

AGI by the end of the year, I presume.


MarginCalled1 t1_izz79i7 wrote

AGI by 7pm today.. I have places to be, man.


lovesdogsguy t1_izz8is1 wrote

I just checked in with the team — they're trying to get it done by midnight. It's all good.


MarginCalled1 t1_izzcjzv wrote

If they can meet schedule I have some go-gurts and box juices for them!


lovesdogsguy t1_izzczlh wrote

I checked again. They should be able to schedule it. (fireworks in background.)

They're working on it!


jangaling t1_izxu5hz wrote

I'll cheers to that my friend... Happy holidays lol


AylaDoesntLikeYou OP t1_izx1vcg wrote

"Is death reversible? It was this year for several pigs (or, at least, for their organs). By pumping an experimental substance into the veins and arteries of animals that had been lying deceased for an hour, Yale researchers got their hearts to start beating again. The technology is “very far away from use in humans,” Stephen Latham, a bioethicist at Yale University, told The New York Times. In the short term, scientists said, they hope that their research could help doctors preserve the organs of the recently deceased for use in transplants.

But the longer-term implications of the experiment can’t be ignored: If we have the power to reanimate the heart or other organs of the recently deceased, at what point might we be able to reverse sudden deaths? Could we revive soldiers who bleed out on the battlefield? Could we stock hospitals and nursing homes with buckets of the stuff to resuscitate patients? Should every future American household keep some on hand in the event of a terrible accident?

These questions thrust us into the ethical realm and invoke spooky references to “The Monkey’s Paw,” Pet Sematary, and any number of stories about the dark side of trying to design an escape hatch from mortality. Perhaps, as this technology improves, that debate is on its way. But for millions of people who have lost loved ones to, say, a sudden heart attack or stroke, it’s not remotely dystopian to imagine an injection that could reverse tragedies long considered irreversible."

I enjoyed this commentary perspective and wanted to show it, even though this article is relevant to several other subjects as well.

Consider the idea of suspended animation also, or cryo-pods, if we could kill the body per say, keep it frozen without damaging the tissue, and then reanimate the body with this technology. Sleep pods could be a reality like from Futurama, and other sci-fi movies which use it for long term hibernation.

An article pertaining to the subject entirely:


BobbySweets t1_izyzh1x wrote

Zombies or Frankensteins monster is what I got from this.


dasnihil t1_izxvx4d wrote

not sure if you guys know, but biologists & computer engineers are studying cellular engineering where we use cells to 3D print not just biological organs of species but whatever shape or functioning blob we want to make in the morphological space.

the way cells do these things is by using electric gradients and potentials, facilitated by ionic chains that enslave the cells into doing specific functions, like kidney cells would only do kidney stuff. engineers/biologists have figured out that if we take out a bunch of cells, any, like skin cells, and put them on a dish, they don't know what to do. for eg, skin cells don't start making layers or do skin cell functions when they're not genomically bound to an organism. think of cancer cells like cells that got freed from the bullying that enslaved them to do skin things.

now imagine putting a bunch of cells on a dish, and then supplying an electric gradient that biology uses to print a head with eyes, not genomically bound to do so, we're just supplying it similar gradient that biology uses to 3d print a head. if we do this by extracting a bunch of tadpole cells, and ask it to 3d print a head, it will 3d print random heads in the evolutionary adjacent hierarchy. the cells don't know exactly which head to 3d print since they're not 100% genomically bound by a tadpole DNA.

the mindset is shifting from "why are there cancer cells" to "why are there anything but cancer cells".

if you understand all this as a computer programmer, i suggest you expand your horizon and join this engineering extravaganza.


mockitodorito t1_j018ejr wrote

Do you know of any specific opportunities/companies doing this kind of work?


dasnihil t1_j01honj wrote

Michael Levin's lab would be my first suggestion.


stewartm0205 t1_izzj7kp wrote

When you first die the cells in your body aren’t dead they are in suspend animation. The problem we have is that we don’t know how to jumpstart the body. And for some reason there seems to be little interest in this line of research. If we figure how to restart the body a lot of things like surgery gets a lot easier.


bortvern t1_izzfjtn wrote

It's not a story the Jedi would tell you...


Crypt0n0ob t1_j01bb2c wrote

IRL “my watch is ended”

(Can’t read the article, it’s paywalled)