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 PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 8:28 am Reply with quote  
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  Ak!mbo
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[quote="Navigator"]I found this rather interesting.

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Machine Means End To Sleepless Nights

Updated: 09:50, Sunday May 06, 2007
A new discovery could make it possible to take a "power nap" at the flick of a switch.
Scientists have found a way to turn on deep sleep at will using a machine that magnetically stimulates the brain.

And MMORPG junkies around the world are orgasming in their nickers!
Actually, if this gets commercially available, I think I might need a fresh set of underwear myself Embarassed
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 PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:04 pm Reply with quote  
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I could see a lot of people using this. Who wouldn't want to be able to do more in a day.
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would be great. You could learn alot of usefull things.


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Technology Review, May/June 2007

Stanford and other researchers are creating neuromorphic chips that can mimic the cortex, the hippocampus, and the retina.

the objective is to better comprehend the brain and, eventually, design neural prosthetics, such as an artificial retina.



http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/18626/


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 PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 9:57 am Reply with quote  
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Christ!
That's incredibly awesome!
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Posted this in the tech thread

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Scientists Make Skin Grow New Hair Follicles By Itself

Medical News Today, May 17, 2007


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine scientists have found a way to make the skin of laboratory mice gives rise to new fully working hair follicles complete with new hair, by using a protein that stimulates follicle generating genes in skin cells under wound conditions.

They hope this discovery may one day lead to treatments for baldness and abnormal hair growth.


Yay for staying young for life Very Happy

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=71178


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Transhumanism isn't about staying young....
its about improving the human body in any way possible


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Its not focused on staying young, but staying young is part of it. Your body is in its peak phsyical condition when your in your teenage years and early twenties, I think keeping your metabolism and other bodily functions at that level by "staying young" be it through drugs, DNA therapy, etc. is a part of transhumanism.
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Well no not entirely. Its about improving the human body, mind and experience no matter what it leads to. If we are better served by bodies which bear no resemblance to young humans then the transhumanist thing to do is replace them


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I don't really know if thats really can be defined as transhumanism in the classical sense though.
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Appearence? That's an almost purely cultural opinion.


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Transhumanism like I said is all about improving the human experience at its heart. This is done by improving the body and mind through technology.

Unfortunatly over the years it been tagged on that this also means eternal youth (suprising thing is that this was first thought up its opponents to make it look like they just didn't want to die)


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I think that staying young for longer than "natural" would enhance the human experience...

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Machine Means End To Sleepless Nights
I've seen programs (which run on w95) that make sounds that synchronize your brain to make you sleepy, supossedly they take around 30 minutes to do so, but I haven't tested them.

the program is named "I-Doser", google it for free coins.
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Yes it would. But thats not the entire point of transhumanism as some make it out to be.


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Not the entire point, but can be a part of it.
Using new tech grown on mice to somehow improve your body, be it aesthetically or functionally, is transhumanism.
Transhumanism is not using tech grown on mice [and so on].[/i]
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