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Great Read on Transhumanism: Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun. The road to immortality (Mark O’Connell)

Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise incapable of movement. A humanoid machine appears at your side, bowing to its task with ceremonial formality. With a brisk sequence of motions, the machine removes a large panel of bone from the rear of your cranium, before carefully laying its fingers, fine and delicate as a spider’s legs, on the viscid surface of your brain. You may be experiencing some misgivings about the procedure at this point. Put them aside, if you can…

Source: ‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality | Science | The Guardian

This is an exciting read: Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real (Graham Templeton)

This week, a team of biologists headed by genomics pioneer Craig Venter published a study in Science that should amaze and excite the world: they built a life-form, and they have no idea how it works. It’s an incredible achievement that’s been decades in the making, and while it might seem like it would be a disappointment that one of our first steps into the field of synthetic biology has made our own ignorance so plain, the reality is that it only shows the incredible room left for advancement. Think genetic and medical engineering are coming up with cool things now? Just wait until they start answering some of the pointed new questions raised by this incredible study…

Source: Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real | ExtremeTech

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