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by funkervogt
Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Biology & Medicine
Topic: Possible breakthrough in organ xenotransplantation
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Possible breakthrough in organ xenotransplantation

Part of the fee for getting an organ transplanted from a pig should be set aside for saving the life of another animal that would have otherwise died. A good place to start might be buying "downed pigs" from farmers for medical treatment and rehabilitation. https://aldf.org/case/suing-to-p...
by funkervogt
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Culture, Economics & Politics of the Future
Topic: 12 predictions for the future of music
Replies: 0
Views: 24

12 predictions for the future of music

1. Record labels will gradually lose both the ability and desire to develop new artists—there simply won’t be enough profit in young talent to justify the large required investments. But the labels won’t disappear. Instead they will focus increasingly on their old catalog and archival materials. 2. ...
by funkervogt
Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic & General Discussion
Topic: My random thoughts
Replies: 73
Views: 37049

Re: My random thoughts

I've long believed that modular home construction is an underappreciated technology. Mass-producing house "modules" in prefabrication factories, then trucking them to building sites and having workers connect them together would lower the cost of housing and reduce construction waste. I'd ...
by funkervogt
Wed Oct 20, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Biology & Medicine
Topic: Possible breakthrough in organ xenotransplantation
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Possible breakthrough in organ xenotransplantation

For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient's immune system, a potentially major advance that could eventually help alleviate a dire shortage of human organs for transplant. The procedure done at NYU Langone Health in N...
by funkervogt
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Computers & the Internet
Topic: Another setback for 3D computer processors
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Another setback for 3D computer processors

Intel has removed its "Lakefield" processors from the market after a very short period, and has no plans to resume sales. They were the first processors with "three-dimensional" architecture (though some argued that they JUST BARELY met the definition) to be commercially availabl...
by funkervogt
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Looking for transhumanism advocates (or critics)
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Looking for transhumanism advocates (or critics)

I joined (why not?).

All I see on the main page of the bulletin board is "Messages failed to load."
by funkervogt
Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic & General Discussion
Topic: My random thoughts
Replies: 73
Views: 37049

Re: My random thoughts

Portable GPS devices have turned every person into a navigation expert who never gets lost, even in totally new places. Likewise, AR glasses will turn every person into a master chef, car mechanic, air conditioner repair person, or any number of other things. Just follow the visual clues and verbal ...
by funkervogt
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Off Topic & General Discussion
Topic: My random thoughts
Replies: 73
Views: 37049

Re: My random thoughts

By 2100, these three things will exist for sure: 1) Multitudes of narrow AIs, often paired to robot bodies, that can do specific tasks as well as humans or better, and at lower cost. Countless jobs will be automated. 2) Cheap, lag-free FIVR that lets humans remotely control robots. Countless jobs t...
by funkervogt
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Business & Politics
Topic: Russia Watch Thread
Replies: 15
Views: 6055

Re: Russia Watch Thread

This prediction fell flat. And from experienced "Kremlin watchers"! VLADIMIR Putin is planning to quit early next year amid growing fears for his health, Moscow sources claimed last night. Kremlin watchers said recent tell-tale footage showed the 68-year-old strongman has possible symptoms...
by funkervogt
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic & General Discussion
Topic: Gemstones, Rocks, & Crystals Appreciation Thread
Replies: 4
Views: 2819

Re: Gemstones, Rocks, & Crystals Appreciation Thread

What do you think the future holds for lab synthesis of gemstones, rocks and crystals? They're already able to do it for diamonds, and also amethyst. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amethyst#Synthetic_amethyst Won't the precious stone and mineral industry get rocked (pun intended) if technology could ...