One of the things that blows me away is how medical researchers are pushing the boundaries of human physiology and function by using computers and modern research tools. There’s a ton of funding coming from the 40-something year old tech titans who’ve just figured out they may not live forever…
It’s the new thought, “If I can’t take it with me, I’d better stay here to enjoy it”.
The second part of living forever is that you have to be healthy and function well to enjoy it. There’s little point sticking around (no matter how stinking rich you are) if you’re bed ridden because some body part has disintegrated.
This week, I’ve included a few notes about the research to reverse aging and to replace/repair body parts.
In doing this topic this week, it wasn’t finding material that was hard. It was sorting through hundreds of articles on the subject. There’s a ton of work being funded.
A second part of this topic was personal. I’m down South for the winter living in a 55+ community. This is our first full winter doing this and I’m surprised how many homes are for sale in this community. I’m told it’s because at least one of the partners died and the other doesn’t want to keep coming here by themselves.
Death becomes a permanent part of your life here. Omnipresent. I’m thinking about this a bit and will have to get back to you.
For now though, here are some research notes to get you thinking.
Scientists may reverse signs of aging.
When old age comes, you’ll know it. In addition to telltale signs like greying hair and wrinkled skin though, age comes coupled with an increased risk of age-related diseases. This is why scientists have been studying how aging, which happens on a cellular level, could be halted or even reversed. The latter is the direction researchers at the Salk Institute want to take…
The approach produced promising results: human skin cells in a dish looked and behaved young again, and mice with premature aging disease were rejuvenated with a 30% increase in lifespan.
Microsoft: “Our Computer Vision Algorithms Have Surpassed Humans”
In 1991, Microsoft founder Bill Gates put up his company’s specialized research arm The aptly named Microsoft Research was to be the vehicle to fulfill Gates’ “vision that computers would one day see, hear and understand human beings.” Now, after years of work by the best and brightest minds in the company, that vision is closer to becoming a reality…
These developments in computer vision allow for AI that see and listen, that understand better than ever before. Microsoft’s programs include Microsoft Cognitive Services that power Uber, a Skype translator algorithm that works in nine languages, and Microsoft Translator equipped with intelligent language and speech recognition capabilities that allow for simultaneous translation between groups speaking several languages.
This Robot Draws Blood Faster and More Safely Than Humans
This is a short video of a robot actually drawing blood. OK then. Watch it here
Researchers Make A Robotic Hand That Mimics Human Touch
Researchers from Cornell University discovered a new way to give robots a (figurative) sense of touch, allowing robots to handle delicate items, and giving them the capability to sense shape and texture internally.
Traditionally, robot hands needed to be made of materials that could conduct electricity. “Gentle Bot,” uses optical waveguides—basically using light to sense surroundings instead.
You can read the rest here.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next week.