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    A Singaporean researcher's wearable device for the blind points to a future where AI may give us new senses to receive information about our surroundings.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    12:06 UTC

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    What emerging technology will soon be in every home?

    What tech exists but will soon be in every home?

    534 Comments
    2024/02/12
    02:16 UTC

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    Complexities of reviving the dead

    I recently read a story that there are now hundreds of cryo frozen preserved dead people with all their organs intact so one day when technology advances enough, they could be revived.

    Cheating death in my opinion is one of the final hurdles of our civilisation. If we presume technology does advance to revive a dead person or as they call it reanimate a dead body, what would this person be like? My questions are:

    1. After death, does the brain erase all memories?
    2. Do the genetics of the body reset?
    3. Within the DNA, do the polymers that contain information on how to run, develop and sustain the body still retain that information?
    4. Will it be a body that is animated with basic functions of the body but stay in a coma?
    5. Would the body even have enough instructions within it to know how to breathe or pump blood?
    6. Would it be more difficult to revive an older dead person over a younger one?

    I can't help but think it will be an animated but lifeless body which is like a computer with no software. However, experiments on tardigrades show that it is possible to revive something dead and make it function just as normal.

    25 Comments
    2024/02/11
    21:53 UTC

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    How do you think AI can be integrated into healthcare?

    In what ways can we integrate AI in Healthcare? What potential do you think it has in this regard?

    26 Comments
    2024/02/11
    20:55 UTC

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    When we will see solid-state batteries be in scooters?

    I know maybe we will see solid-state batteries in cars by 2028. But what about something smaller like a scooters? What year did you predict fot this? if it is makes sense to do it in first place.

    20 Comments
    2024/02/11
    00:39 UTC

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    Anyone else sad that we’re likely gonna miss out on significant life extension?

    Tbh, i think about this a lot. I see experts saying “it’ll take about a century” and “what we can expect is increased HEALTHspan”. And honestly? I feel pretty bummed out at the prospect that if i was born just a century later, then i would likely be able to benefit from significant life extension.

    This bugs me a lot. Not because i’m not grateful to be born now and not in 1636 as a medieval peasant, because trust me, i am, but because of the fact that i (and others) were likely just born that much too early. And this makes me think of all the other cool stuff i’ll likely miss out on too, like colonisation of our solar system, nanobots, cures for cancer, etc etc etc.

    Anyone else feel this way?

    222 Comments
    2024/02/10
    22:27 UTC

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    People assume that in developed countries centenarians (100 year olds) will become more frequent and longevity will improve compared to previous generations, but isn't this overlooking lifestyle factors producing downward pressures on life expectancy?

    Medical innovation and health knowledge thankfully have improved vastly and will continue to do so.

    But Buettner found that the Blue Zones (five communities with a high rate of centenarians) all had lifestyle commonalities, including:

    1. Daily unplanned, light to moderate intensity activity throughout the day (eg farming, making pasta, horse-riding, walking, dancing, moving while sitting on the floor). Much of this is NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis). They didn't try to outwork being sedentary in an office/car for 9 hours (plus seated leisure time eg watching TV) by going to the gym for 90 minutes.

    2. Family connections. Economic pressures could push people to move away from their family, to find work (I can't find research into whether this has become more or less common in recent years).

    3. Social connectedness, friendship, sense of belonging and a stable "tribe". But there's a wealth of research showing loneliness has increased in recent years.

    4. A sense of purpose to their life - a reason to get up in the morning. Now it seems more common for people to struggle to find a stable career path or experience existential worries, compared to in the past.

    Are people making assumptions that Milenials, Gen Z and Gen Alpha will have more centenarians overlooking these factors? Or are they assuming the economy, politics and technology will shift enough to correct these factors? (eg moving to a 4-day work week). Is it possible the typical middle class person being in an office job and experiencing less social connectedness than in the past will lead to the longevity of average people actually not improving? (I'm not talking about the super rich, who have access to the best, quickest healthcare and can escape the economic rat race).

    Hopefully this is an appropriate subreddit for this question.

    15 Comments
    2024/02/10
    19:53 UTC

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    No, eternal life won't be hoarded by the "Global Elite".

    I often see the narrative being pushed around here that if we ever get live extending technology, it would just be hoarded by the so-called "Global Elite" who would become some sort of eternal superhumans accumulating more and more wealth while using the rest of us mortal plebs as slave labor. After thinking about it for a while, I would like to give a response to that narrative:

    If there would ever exist a way to achieve eternal life, that was only ever available to the richest and most influential people, this would have to mean:**

      1. that the technology would never get cheap enough to reproduce despite how disruptive technologies usually work (see: modern healthcare, computers, cars, fridges, and every single other piece of tech you use in your daily life that was once a luxury item)
      1. that every rich person would decide to keep it to themselves and not sell it despite the insane amount of money and prestige they would earn, including the title of "the man who gave humanity Eternal Life".
      1. that it would never be reproduced by any third party even when it's medically proven to be possible, with inevitably huge investments to do so by every party that does not already possess the secret.
      1. that no government or other powerful organization on the planet, of any ideology, would force 'the rich elite' to give up their secret tech. Not only for equality reasons, but for the insane amount of money that life extension tech would save in healthcare costs.
      1. that the technology would never ever be leaked by any of the thousands of people that would have to be involved in inventing and maintaining this immensely expensive and complicated technology. Ever.

    I think this scenario is very, very unlikely. This idea that there is some united front of a vaguely explained "Global Elite" that has their fingers in every powerful institution, ironclad internal loyalty to ensure no leaks or rogues, and enough global power to become an eternal master race capable of micromanaging the entire world reeks of conspiracy talk to me and I am tired of constantly hearing of it.

    If anyone has any examples of anything similar happening before (an extremely attractive technology that was successfully hoarded by the aristocracy, that will never "trickle down" to the rest of us in the long term) then feel free to provide a source.

    Opinions?

    227 Comments
    2024/02/10
    18:30 UTC

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