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Sunday, July 22, 2012

"X Changes Everything" + Elapsed Time = "Nothing Has Changed"

Sometimes it's good to keep your Futurological Translator handy when the hype gets rolling. Looks like we're in for another round of futurological fanwanking about "biohacking" right about now.

More Futurological Brickbats here.


jollyspaniard said...

We've had 35 years of hype about the upcoming biotech revolution. I think it's worn thin with a lot of people by now.

Big Pharma is slashing R&D funding across the board so I wouldn't expect the biosingularity anytime soon. Most of what they are developing are very expensive treatments that yield nearly imperceptible gains in life expectancy so it's not a terrible loss.

jimf said...

Oh, go soak your head in cold water.

You'll live longer! ;->
(Jack Kruse and Cold Thermogenesis [CT] .
But don't give yourself frostbite like Dave Asprey did )

Dr. Oz tells Diane Sawyer (and Oprah) how 99 will be the new
(Regenerating a frosbitten nose -- just like the
Ares Project in _Sleeper_. Time to clone the nose!)

But dangers lie in wait for the unwary biohacker!
Remember how our friend Giulio Prisco once mentioned how,
come the Singularity, he'd be happy to enhance his, um,
njoy fun wand? Well, he'd better make sure it's removable
when travelling; otherwise, he's likely to be suspected of
hiding a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

jimf said...

You know, there's a TEDMED now.

David Sinclair at TEDMED Discussing Resveratrol, Longevity, Endurance, and Sirtuins


"Sinclair is Professor of Pathology and Co-Director of the
Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of
Aging at Harvard Medical School. Sinclair obtained a Bachelors
of Science (Honors Class I) at the University of New South Wales,
Sydney, and received the Australian Commonwealth Prize.
In 1995, he received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics then worked
as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT with Leonard Guarente before
being recruited in 1999 to Harvard Medical School." )

Golly, Batman.