A new Australian company, Humai
, has an ambitious goal. It wants to make people immortal. From its "vision" statement:
We’re using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures.
So, you see, they'll use "artificial intelligence," "nanotechnology," "multiple sensor technologies," and "cloning." Simple.
If this company had been founded 100 years ago, they would have used buzzwords like "electro-galvanic processes" and "radium power." And they would have had about the same chances for success as today.
Nothing much about California has really changed since this 1849 warning, has it?
Original article here.
Too bad this won't be available until April 2016.
Imagine the screams of terror, as depicted, when your lucky first-grader opens this under the Xmas tree.
A number of things puzzle me about this 1955 news story. First of all, why was the washing machine outside beneath a tree?
Second, was the kid really so lazy that he felt the need for an elaborate method of supporting his head while reading? Or was he trying to kill himself?
Finally, what kind of washing machine has a lid that rotates? I found a picture (below) of a washing machine from the late 1940s that may have a lid that could rotate, but it doesn't look like it would have been comfortable to sit on, which would support the suicide theory.
But whatever happened to John Mattson, his death clearly demonstrates the danger of reading comic books.
Gettysburg Times - July 20, 1955
University of Utah researchers rigged up a "pendulum-like apparatus" in which they placed cadaver arms, and then proceeded to make the arms punch a padded dumbbell with clenched or unclenched fist. The idea was to test the theory that the human hand evolved its shape so that men could "fistfight over females" — aka the "pugilism hypothesis of hominin hand evolution."
The researchers believe that their experiment supported the pugilism hypothesis.
More info: Science Daily
and the Journal of Experimental Biology
Chicago's Mt. Carmel cemetery sought FCC approval so that it could operate a two-way radio system to direct funeral processions, so as to avoid traffic jams in the cemetery.
I wonder if they had to build a traffic control tower as well?
Freeport Journal-Standard - Apr 14, 1948