19. Januar 2019

Artificial blood made from stem cells could save thousands of lives

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Die KI-Revolution im Reagenzglas

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Vergessen Sie selbstfahrende Autos und sprachgesteuerte Lautsprecher: Die dramatischsten Auswirkungen von künstlicher Intelligenz werden sich in den kommenden Jahren in einem ganz anderen Bereich zeigen.





26. November 2018

Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

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When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present.

It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility.

Now, it appears it may already be happening.

According to Chinese medical documents posted online this month (here and here), a team at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, has been recruiting couples in an effort to create the first gene-edited babies. They planned to eliminate a gene called CCR5 in hopes of rendering the offspring resistant to HIV, smallpox, and cholera.





5. November 2018

Liebe Deutsche, hört endlich auf, ständig Angst vor Künstlicher Intelligenz zu haben

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Liebe Deutsche!

Dieser Brief erreicht Euch aus einer zukünftigen Zeit, in der die Künstliche Intelligenz schon längst ein selbstverständlicher Teil unseres Alltags geworden ist.

Eigentlich reden wir nur noch selten darüber. Genauso, wie die Menschen im frühen 21. Jahrhundert nicht mehr darüber nachgedacht haben, was für eine gigantische Revolution die flächendeckende Versorgung mit elektrischer Energie war.



30. August 2018

Roger Penrose still looks for evidence of universal rebirth

Filed under: Presse — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 08:11

Roger Penrose really should have won a Nobel Prize for something. Though I’m not sure for what. Maybe Penrose-tilings. Or Penrose diagrams. Or the Penrose process. Or the Penrose-Hawking singularity theorems. Or maybe just because there are so many things named after Penrose.

And at 87 years he’s still at it. Penrose has a reputation for saying rude things about string theory, has his own interpretation of quantum mechanics, and he doesn’t like inflation, the idea that the early universe underwent a rapid phase of exponential expansion. Instead, he has his own theory called “conformal cyclic cosmology” (CCC).




7. Mai 2018

The World’s First Bionic Kidney Is All Set To Replace Dialysis in Just Two Years

Filed under: Presse — Schlagwörter: — berndvo @ 10:55

Not always can natural remedies be good for a medical condition despite of how effective they are. Sometimes, in serious conditions, only medical technology can help such as in the case of kidney dialysis. Without dialysis, a patient may not survive and what makes the suffering greater is the waiting list for kidney transplants. Till now a solution still remains elusive for this disease.

But!! This is where medical technology steps in where scientists from the University of California in San Francisco have invented the world’s first bionic kidney which can replace damaged kidneys.




24. Dezember 2017

The FDA Approves a New Gene Therapy Treatment for a Rare Form of Blindness

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a new form of gene therapy that targets a rare inherited eye disease. The FDA panel had voted to approve the therapy back in October.

The treatment, voretigene neparvovec, will now be sold as Luxturna. It can be used to treat children and adult patients suffering from the eye disease, which can cause blindness. The disease is believed to be caused by a mutation in the RPE65 gene. Luxturna is the first drug of its kind to get FDA approval.

As explained by the FDA, the RPE65 gene contains essential instructions on how to produce the enzyme necessary for normal vision. If there’s a mutation in the RPE65 gene, it can reduce RPE65 activity, which in turn can impair a person’s vision as early as infancy.




Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World

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Theoretical physicist Lucien Hardy is pushing wants to push the boundaries of quantum physics by performing a Bell test using humans as links. This could potentially shed light on the existence of human consciousness and just what it is made of.




11. Mai 2017

DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills

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In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.




Genetically engineering ‚ethical‘ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

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Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a „moral obligation“ as it makes them grow up into „ethically better children“.The expert in practical ethics said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to „harm themselves and others“.

The academic, who is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, made his comments in an article in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest. He explained that we are now in the middle of a genetic revolution and that although screening, for all but a few conditions, remained illegal it should be welcomed.




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