It says: “150 years of life for everyone.” This is one of the posters shown at the meeting on immortality that took place on Saturday, September 24 in the very center of Moscow, right across the street from the famous Bolshoy Theater. It was such a great gathering. I loved the atmosphere. Approximately 100 people came to support immortality, creating new technologies, regenerative medicine, genomic research and everything related to fighting aging and radical life extension. Here are some pictures from this superb meeting that left me with a warm feeling and positive impression.
Open genetic data combined with medical and phisiological information will change the way medicine works – treatments will be personalized and more effective, plus there will be new therapies created specifically for particular patiens. This will significantly improve and prolong our lives. George Church started the Personal Genome Project wich has this exact goal.
I enjoyed the Technology Review interview with Dr. Church about the future of induced pluripotent stem cells. Loved the quote:
“I’m thinking a lot about using regeneration as the key to treatments and keeping people healthy.”
Wall Street Journal reviewed “100Plus” – a book that argues for longer life, regenerative medicine, aging research and the future of our health. I wish there were more books like this one that promote transhumanism and show that longer lives mean healthier and hapier lives. We need more books that tell the audience how we can achieve life extension. There should be more books and articles that talk about what exactly each person can do to help depending on their occupation, social status and other factors.
Massive genome sequencing holds promise for entirely changing our society. Cancer genome sequencing already proved to be effective, we’ll find out a lot about our disease risks and causes and we’ll be able to cure and prevent deleterious diseases. That all will prolong our lives. Plus we’ll be able to find all sorts of new links between our genomes and behaviour like the “cheating” gene.
We can prolong lives of millions of people right now if we create the Integrated System of Aging Biomarkers. Collection, classification and comparison of research data, clinical data from electronic medical records and personal genomics data will give us new corellations and causal relations that would lead to new therpies against aging and age-related diseases. These therapies will be personalized, hence much more effective. The key to true personalized medicine and large scale longitudinal studies on people lies in creating the database on aging biomarkers.
Nature Journal highlighted biomedical illustration as an exsiting field, which helps researchers show the beauty of the work they are doing. Animations make complex things much easier to comprehend. The future of biology can’t be seen without substantial progress in biomedical illustration.
H+ Magazine has got some very interesting articles. One of which I liked in particular since I’m keen on the advances in Substrate-Indipendent Minds, aka mind uploading. Read this extremely informative interview with Randal Koene led by Ben Goertzel. I’d like to just highlight the quote, which is an outline of researchers who are now working in the field of Substrate-Indipendent Minds:
- Ken Hayworth and Jeff Lichtman (Harvard) are the guiding forces behind the development of the ATLUM, and of course Jeff also has developed the useful Brainbow technique.
- Winfried Denk (Max-Planck) and Sebastian Seung (MIT) popularized the search for the human connectome and continue to push its acquisition, representation and simulations based on reconstructions forward, including recent publications in Science.
- Ed Boyden (MIT) is one of the pioneers of optogenetics, a driver of tool development in neural engineering, including novel recording arrays and a strong proponent of brain emulation.
- George Church (Harvard), previously best known for his work in genomics, has entered the field of brain science with a keen interest in developing high-resolution large-scale neural recording and interfacing technology. Based on recent conversation, it is my belief that he and his lab will soon become important innovators in the field.
- Peter Passaro (Sussex) is a driven researcher with the personal goal to achieve whole brain emulation. He is doing so by developing means for functional recording and representation that are in influenced by the work of Chris Eliasmith (Waterloo).
- Yoonsuck Choe (Texas A&M) and Todd Huffman (3Scan) continue to improve the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope (KESM), which was developed by the late Bruce McCormick with the specific aim of acquiring structural data from whole brains. The technology operates at a lower resolution than the ATLUM, but is presently able to handle acquisition at the scale of a whole embedded mouse brain.
- Henry Markram (EPFL) has publicly stated his aim of constructing a functional simulation of a whole cortex, using his Blue Brain approach that is based on statistical reconstruction based on data obtained from studies conducted in many different (mostly rat) brains. Without a tool such as the ATLUM, the Blue Brain Project will not develop a whole brain emulation in the truest sense, but the representational capabilities, functional verification and functional simulations that the project produces can be valuable contributions towards substrate-independent minds.
- Ted Berger (USC) is the first to develop a cognitive neural prosthetic. His prosthetic hippocampal CA3 replacement is small and has many limitations, but the work forces researchers to confront the actual challenges of functional interfacing within core circuitry of the brain.
- David Dalrymple (MIT/Harvard) is commencing a project to reconstruct the functional and subject-specific neural networks of the nematode C. Elegans. He is doing so to test a very specific hypothesis relevant to SIM, namely whether data acquisition and reimplementation can be successful without needing to go to the molecular level.