This fascinating article describes eight ways in-vitro meat will change the world, including the ability to taste endangered animals and even extinct species like dinosaurs! And "Future flesh" could also eliminate 51% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and save 8% of the world's water.
Real science points to one conclusion. "Modern cosmetic pharmacology focuses so heavily on eliminating depression that it entirely misses one essential point: depressed people are suffering from a lack of fun."
"A dream is a dream," says Reed Fish, who's travelling to all 206 Sizzlers with his wife. They'll photograph each franchise, and then publish them as a massive art installation. They believe Sizzler is Americana, and that this is conceptual art. Or, as his wife puts it, "We're doing this so you don't have to."
Scientists from the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy have developed the first nanoparticles that seek out and destroy GMB brain cancer cells! Nanoparticles killed up to 80% of the brain cancer cells after just five minutes of exposure to white light, showing the promise of nanomedicine -- highly-specific intervention at the molecular scale. And researchers have also used gold nanospheres to search out and then "cook" skin cancer cells with light -- "It's basically like putting a cancer cell in hot water and boiling it to death," says one researcher.
Filmmaker Rob Spence discusses "democratizing cyborg living" after having inserted a camera into his glass eye. "It's easy and anyone can do it," says his designer, a 23-year-old systems engineer for a space transport company (bragging that usually, "The human-to-digital interface is cumbersome...") "I'm happy that I lost my eye. I get the chance to stand out...as an augmented filmmaker."
In an interview (titled "Love Thy Surrogate Self,") Robert Venditti describes a deleted scene from his graphic novel where Detective Greer (Bruce Willis's character) requests a "skinjob" from a virtual prostitute — that is, real-life body-to-body contact. "The prostitute rebuffs him, offended that he'd think she was that kind of girl." And if he had to choose a surrogate for himself? "To be onboard Serenity in Joss Whedon's Firefly".
This year's summit director predicts a "substantial probability" of smarter-than-human intelligence within 20 to 40 years, and has assembled an all-star panel to discuss it (including Ray Kurzweil and several academic experts in A.I., neuroscience, and nanotech).