Imagine a world in which the only possible way to die was through a sudden accident, such as a car crash, falling down the stairs, or getting struck by lighting. How long could we expect to live in such a world? According to an eye-opening simulation, a very, very, long time, indeed.
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An Italian neuroscientist who says he's planning to perform the world's first head transplant later this year has told a German magazine that he intends to thaw a cryogenically preserved brain and transplant it in a donor body within three years. It's a preposterous claim given the current limitations of medical science, and a complete misreading of how the fledgling cryonics industry works. It's also a significant credibility fail for a doctor who's already struggling to be taken seriously.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov famously predicted that we'll one day have to program robots with a set of laws that protect us from our mechanical creations. But before we get there, we need rules to ensure that, at the most fundamental level, we're developing AI responsibly and safely. At a recent gathering, a group of experts did just that, coming up with 23 principles to steer the development of AI in a positive direction — and to ensure it doesn't destroy us.
We're at the halfway point of the epic 20-day, 150,000-hand "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" Texas Hold'em Poker tournament, and a machine named Libratus is trouncing a quartet of professional human players. Should the machine maintain its substantial lead — currently at $701,242 — it will be considered a major milestone in the history of AI. Here's why.
Using skin cells extracted from mice, researchers in Japan have produced fully functional egg cells that were used to produce healthy mouse pups. Should the method work in humans, it could introduce powerful new ways of treating infertility — and even allow same-sex couples to produce biological offspring.
Spherical, orb-like aliens are one of science fiction's most beloved tropes, from countless golden age classics to appearances in Star Trek and Doctor Who. It's unclear whether this is a case of science fiction inspiring innovation or simply great minds thinking alike, but now, prominent scientists are saying spheres may indeed be the way to go for interstellar travel.
The oldest human to have ever lived died at the age of 122 — and that was nearly 20 years ago. A recent analysis of global demographic data suggests that this may very well be the maximum age attainable by humans, and that it's extremely unlikely anyone will ever live much beyond this advanced age. That is, unless we science the crap out of this problem.
The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists for their pioneering work in developing molecular machines. These gadgets measure just a thousandth of a human hair in width, and they're poised to revolutionise everything from manufacturing and materials to medicine and the functioning of the human body.