The Obtain: the dream of cryonics, and enhanced rats


That is right now’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a day by day dose of what’s occurring on the earth of know-how.

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 develop into the longtime chief in cryonics, freezing the our bodies and brains of its members, with the concept of at some point bringing them again to life, since 1976.

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

With spectacular monetary assets, authorities assist, and scientific employees, it’s considered one of a handful of latest labs targeted on increasing the patron attraction of cryonics and making an attempt anew to carry credibility to the long-disputed idea of human reanimation. Nonetheless, the sphere stays rooted in religion quite than any actual proof that it really works. Learn the complete story.

—Laurie Clarke

This piece is from our forthcoming mortality-themed challenge, accessible from 26 October. If you wish to learn it when it comes out, you may subscribe to MIT Know-how Evaluation for as little as $80 a 12 months.

Are rats with human mind cells nonetheless simply rats?

This week, my colleague Jessica Hamzelou wrote about an enchanting experiment that concerned implanting human mind cells into rats’ brains. The mind cells from each species have been capable of type connections and work collectively. The human cells grew to become 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 publication exploring all issues biotech and well being. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

ClimateTech 2022

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

When you missed it, you may meet up with all the most important information and bulletins by way of our dwell weblog protecting day one and day two of the convention.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you right now’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.1 China is making ready for its historic Communist occasion 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 occasion 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 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 Know-how Evaluation)

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 gasoline costs are simply a number of the the reason why. (Vox)
+ The rising price 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 Celebration, which is led by an AI, claims to signify the values of “non-voting Danes.” (Motherboard)

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

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

8 Intense warmth remedy isn’t only for elite athletes ☀
Rigorously managed publicity to warmth may stop cardiovascular and metabolic ailments, 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 any case 🦵
Laborious to imagine, I do know, however Meta misled us. (Kotaku)
+ Meta is desperately making an attempt to make the metaverse occur. (MIT Know-how Evaluation)

Quote of the day

“There’ll typically 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 making an attempt 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 occasions. (Obtained any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

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