The Obtain: the dream of cryonics, and enhanced rats


That is at present’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a day by day dose of what’s happening on the earth of expertise.

Why the sci-fi dream of cryonics by no means died

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

Drake had spent the earlier seven years because the medical response director of the Alcor Life Extension Basis, a small nonprofit that had managed to grow to be the longtime chief in cryonics, freezing the our bodies and brains of its members, with the thought of someday bringing them again to life, since 1976.

The inspiration, and cryonics typically, had lengthy survived exterior of mainstream acceptance. Nevertheless it’s the current involvement of Yinfeng that indicators one thing of a brand new period for cryonics.

With spectacular monetary assets, authorities help, and scientific employees, it’s one in every of a handful of recent labs centered on increasing the buyer enchantment of cryonics and attempting anew to convey credibility to the long-disputed concept of human reanimation. Nonetheless, the sphere stays rooted in religion reasonably than any actual proof that it really works. Learn the complete story.

—Laurie Clarke

This piece is from our forthcoming mortality-themed challenge, out there from 26 October. If you wish to learn it when it comes out, you may subscribe to MIT Expertise Evaluate for as little as $80 a yr.

Are rats with human mind cells nonetheless simply rats?

This week, my colleague Jessica Hamzelou wrote about an interesting experiment that concerned implanting human mind cells into rats’ brains. The mind cells from each species had been capable of kind connections and work collectively. The human cells turned a part of the rats’ brains.

A number of months after they’d been implanted, the human cells made up round a sixth of the rats’ brains and appeared to have a job in controlling the animals’ conduct. Which invitations the difficult query: Are these animals nonetheless 100% rat? Learn the complete story.

Jessica’s story is from The Checkup, her weekly e-newsletter exploring all issues biotech and well being. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

ClimateTech 2022

This week MIT Expertise Evaluate held its inaugural ClimateTech convention on expertise options for local weather change—a giant thanks to everybody who attended in-person or on-line! 

In case you missed it, you may meet up with all the most important information and bulletins by way of our reside weblog masking day one and day two of the convention.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you at present’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.1 China is getting ready for its historic Communist celebration congress 
A 3rd time period for president Xi Jinping is a near-certainty. (Economist $)
+ The congress is a chance for Xi to reassert his management. (FT $)
+ All 2,3000 senior celebration members will attend the assembly. (The Guardian)
+ Douying, Tiktok’s Chinese language sister app, is silencing Cantonese audio system. (Remainder of World)

2 Not everybody in California can afford electrical automobiles
They’re costly, and the state’s push in the direction of EVs dangers overlooking decrease earners. (The Guardian)
+ Even the US secretary of transportation acknowledges the obstacles. (Recode)
+ The US solely has 6,000 quick charging stations for EVs. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

3 Turkey has handed a flawed “disinformation invoice” forward of its elections
Which, handily sufficient, restricts criticisms of its President Erdoğan. (FT $) 
+ The European Parliament has accused Massive Tech of secretive lobbying. (Bloomberg $)

4 Meals is getting costlier 🥪
Provide points and better fuel costs are simply among the the reason why. (Vox)
+ The rising value of meals has contributed to these sky-high inflation figures. (New Yorker $)

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

6 Players are the right goal for cybercriminals
Youthful gamers are significantly susceptible to fraudsters’ advances. (NYT $)

7 Adverts on Netflix are arriving subsequent month
The corporate desperately desires to draw new clients, following months of customers canceling their subscriptions. (WSJ $)

8 Intense warmth remedy isn’t only for elite athletes ☀
Fastidiously managed publicity to warmth might forestall cardiovascular and metabolic illnesses, too. (Neo.Life)

9 Your restaurant server hates your menu hacks 
And apps are making it simpler than ever to order elaborate concoctions anonymously. (Eater)

10 There aren’t legs within the metaverse in spite of everything 🦵
Arduous to consider, I do know, however Meta misled us. (Kotaku)
+ Meta is desperately attempting to make the metaverse occur. (MIT Expertise Evaluate)

Quote of the day

“There’ll usually be one or two individuals operating round like loopy, or doing one thing like creating an enormous cartoon of a cat.”

—Antti Innanen, chief government of Dot, a Finnish authorized design consultancy, explains the pitfalls of attempting to carry individuals’s consideration whereas giving seminars within the metaverse to the Monetary Instances.

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre instances. (Obtained any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Hey, that’s not how the subsequent line of the tune goes!
+ The one and solely Patti Smith is releasing a e-book subsequent month—and it’s impressed by, err, Instagram.
+ This sunlit waterfall is straight out of Home of the Dragon.
+ In case you ever end up in London, it’s solely proper you bask in a little bit of pub grub.
+ We are likely to gravitate in the direction of the acquainted when one thing’s coming to an finish, and that’s okay.


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