May 28, 2023


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The Download: the dream of cryonics, and enhanced rats

The Download: the dream of cryonics, and enhanced rats

This is currently&#8217s version of The Download, our weekday newsletter that offers a every day dose of what&#8217s likely on in the entire world of engineering.

Why the sci-fi dream of cryonics never ever died

When Aaron Drake flew from Arizona to the Yinfeng Organic Group in China in 2016, he was touring there to guidebook China’s initially forays into cryonics, or freezing corpses for reanimation.

Drake experienced invested the previous 7 a long time as the healthcare reaction director of the Alcor Lifetime Extension Foundation, a small nonprofit that had managed to grow to be the longtime chief in cryonics, freezing the bodies and brains of its customers, with the idea of 1 day bringing them back to daily life, because 1976.

The foundation, and cryonics in normal, had long survived exterior of mainstream acceptance. But it is the new involvement of Yinfeng that indicators some thing of a new era for cryonics.

With extraordinary monetary methods, government assistance, and scientific team, it is just one of a handful of new labs concentrated on increasing the customer attractiveness of cryonics and striving anew to carry credibility to the very long-disputed concept of human reanimation. Nevertheless, the discipline continues to be rooted in faith alternatively than any genuine evidence that it performs. Study the entire story.

—Laurie Clarke

This piece is from our forthcoming mortality-themed problem, accessible from 26 October. If you want to browse it when it comes out, you can subscribe to MIT Engineering Critique for as very little as $80 a year.

Are rats with human brain cells however just rats?

This 7 days, my colleague Jessica Hamzelou wrote about a intriguing experiment that included implanting human mind cells into rats’ brains. The mind cells from both species have been in a position to form connections and function alongside one another. The human cells turned component of the rats’ brains.

A few months following they’d been implanted, the human cells made up close to a sixth of the rats’ brains and appeared to have a role in controlling the animals’ actions. Which invitations the difficult problem: Are these animals nevertheless 100% rat? Go through the complete story.

Jessica’s story is from The Checkup, her weekly newsletter discovering all items biotech and overall health. Indication up to receive it in your inbox every single Thursday.

ClimateTech 2022

This 7 days MIT Know-how Assessment held its inaugural ClimateTech meeting on technology alternatives for weather change—a large thank you to every person who attended in-particular person or on the web! 

If you missed it, you can capture up with all the most significant news and announcements through our dwell site covering day a single and working day two of the conference.

The should-reads

I have combed the world wide web to uncover you today’s most enjoyment/essential/terrifying/fascinating stories about know-how.1 China is planning for its historic Communist social gathering congress 
A 3rd expression for president Xi Jinping is a near-certainty. (Economist $)
+ The congress is an prospect for Xi to reassert his management. (FT $)
+ All 2,3000 senior bash associates will show up at the assembly. (The Guardian)
+ Douying, Tiktok’s Chinese sister app, is silencing Cantonese speakers. (Relaxation of Environment)

2 Not every person in California can afford electric powered cars
They are expensive, and the state’s thrust toward EVs threats overlooking lessen earners. (The Guardian)
+ Even the US secretary of transportation acknowledges the hurdles. (Recode)
+ The US only has 6,000 rapid charging stations for EVs. (MIT Know-how Overview)

3 Turkey has passed a flawed “disinformation bill” in advance of its elections
Which, handily enough, restricts criticisms of its President Erdoğan. (FT $) 
+ The European Parliament has accused Significant Tech of secretive lobbying. (Bloomberg $)

4 Meals is finding a lot more highly-priced 🥪
Source troubles and higher fuel price ranges are just some of the reasons why. (Vox)
+ The increasing price of foods has contributed to these sky-superior inflation figures. (New Yorker $)

5 An AI is organizing to run for election in Denmark
The Synthetic Get together, which is led by an AI, claims to depict the values of “non-voting Danes.” (Motherboard)

6 Avid gamers are the best concentrate on for cybercriminals
More youthful gamers are notably susceptible to fraudsters&#8217 innovations. (NYT $)

7 Ads on Netflix are arriving next month
The enterprise desperately desires to bring in new clients, following months of consumers canceling their subscriptions. (WSJ $)

8 Powerful warmth treatment is not just for elite athletes ☀
Carefully controlled publicity to warmth could stop cardiovascular and metabolic ailments, way too. (Neo.Lifestyle)

9 Your cafe server hates your menu hacks 
And apps are generating it a lot easier than at any time to buy elaborate concoctions anonymously. (Eater)

10 There are not legs in the metaverse after all 🦵
Really hard to feel, I know, but Meta misled us. (Kotaku)
+ Meta is desperately seeking to make the metaverse happen. (MIT Engineering Review)

Estimate of the working day

“There will usually be just one or two people today running about like outrageous, or executing anything like generating a enormous cartoon of a cat.”

—Antti Innanen, main govt of Dot, a Finnish legal style consultancy, explains the pitfalls of making an attempt to keep people’s awareness while supplying seminars in the metaverse to the Monetary Occasions.

We can however have awesome issues

A put for consolation, fun and distraction in these unusual periods. (Received any strategies? Fall me a line or tweet &#8217em at me.)

+ Hey, that’s not how the next line of the tune goes!
+ The one and only Patti Smith is releasing a e book following month—and it is inspired by, err, Instagram.
+ This sunlit waterfall is straight out of House of the Dragon.
+ If you at any time discover yourself in London, it is only suitable you indulge in a little bit of pub grub.
+ We have a tendency to gravitate in direction of the common when something’s coming to an stop, and which is alright.