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UK’s first cystic fibrosis gene therapy trial EdinburghUniversity

“Almost £60 million of awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) will help scientists gain fresh insights into illnesses and inherited disorders.

The funding to the University’s MRC Human Genetics Unit and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) will help doctors develop and deliver new tests and therapies for patients.

It will boost research into conditions such as schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis and genetic eye disorders including retinitis pigmentosa, coloboma and anophthalmia.

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Vision > Contributors > HealthLongevity > Dick Pelletier > Futurism > Innovation
Dick Pelletier
Merging with machines could become reality in your lifetime by Dick Pelletier

In a recent interview, economist Jeremy Rifkin suggested that, “Our way of life is likely to be more fundamentally transformed in the next several decades than in the previous thousand years.”

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Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc: Paul Zak at the Future of StoryTelling 2012 Charles Melcher

“The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak’s film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben’s story. What he discovered is that even the simplest narrative, if it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic...

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Kris Notaro
The Inevitability of Intelligence and Critical Thinking Leading to Empathy and Altruism by Kris Notaro

I want to make some claims about the future of brain cognition that will lead to rational, logical, empathetic thought. The notion of “friendly SAI” and “unfriendly SAI” is a fallacy and should be abandoned, that is, the notion that we can program AI in the SAI setting to be friendly is an attempt to undermine intelligence and the domain of empathy and altruism.

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Peter Wicks
How Should the Concept of God Evolve in the Future? by Peter Wicks

According to the Wikipedia entry on “major religious groups”, 85% of the world’s population subscribes to some kind of religion. While in reality the world is obviously not divided neatly into “religious” and “non-religious”, and while religion and theism are not quite the same thing, this statistic nevertheless shows that the various concepts of the divine continue to hold considerable sway over human thought.

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Tsvi Bisk
The Future of the Religion Business Part2 by Tsvi Bisk

Pre-modern, modern and postmodern societies existing concurrently in dynamic interaction have created a global situation of cultural tension and conflict. This has resulted in clashes between modernists and anti-modernists and has become a major global change agent. All the major religions are pre-modern in origin but not all have adapted to modernity to the same extent and none have done so completely. This is concurrent with the rise of the non-Western World (Asia, Africa, Latin America) as a dominant global religious force. The unevenness...

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George Dvorsky
Other Solar Systems Might Be More Habitable Than Ours by George Dvorsky

Our Earth feels like a warm and welcoming place for us life forms, but beyond our little planet, the majority of the solar system is too cold for us to live comfortably. But a new study suggests that planets in other solar systems might be more habitable than our own because, on the whole, they would be warmer — up to 25 % warmer.

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Beyond Machines: The Year 3000 TEDxBrussels

“Rudy Rucker, a science fiction writer, professor of Computer Science tells TEDxBrussels his vision of the future. As in his novel “Software” where computers ‘preserve’ the human brain, a so-called ‘life box’ database remains which keeps our memories alive.

These machines however cannot substitute humans as our minds perform more physical and biological processes, where artificial intelligence only relies on inferences.

Biomathematics models such as cellular automaton and BelousovR...

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Dick Pelletier
Road to immortality: why aren’t oldest humans getting older? by Dick Pelletier

In the Broadway musical Fame, Carmen sings about wanting to live forever. Of course, this is not possible today, but many positive thinkers believe that in the near future, biotech breakthroughs, along with nanomedicine advances, could provide an indefinite lifespan; eliminating most causes of death.

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Wesley Strong
The Singularity and the Future-Human under Capitalism by Wesley Strong

The Technological Singularity, referred to as “the singularity” by transhumanists, signifies a point in time where self-aware self-improving artificial intelligence that could surpass the intelligence of the human brain manifests.