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Steve Jobs’ liver—and the quest for a better organ algorithm
"'When I first heard about OrganJet I said oh my goodness they are going to shame the OPTN into acting,' says Gentry, 'because if you hear about a system like that it sounds wrong. It sounds like something that shouldn’t exist. It’s obviously making clear an error or a distortion of the system that such an arrangement would be helpful for people.' 'In a perfect world, I should not exist at all,' agrees Tayur. But until then, he’s going to keep working on ways to get there. 'I don’t need UNOS support. I don’t need congressional change. I don’t need reports. I don’t need arguments. I am a very simple man who thinks that let not our lack of imagination come in the way of creating an answer,' he says."
a:Mallory-Locklear  p:Ars-Technica★★  d:2017.03.15  w:3500  medicine  algorithms  ethics  from instapaper
july 2017 by bankbryan
The “P.S.A.” edition.
"I have a general piece of advice, for all of my listeners. Sometimes life feels bewildering and overwhelming. You might find that familiar at present. And you think, what am I doing? What’s this all building towards? What kind of world am I trying to help create or be a part of? And if you find that question to be disorienting, or distressing, or too big, or too overwhelming, I want to help you focus this, and I want you to keep your eye on the prize. And the prize is this: we need to help build the kind of world where Starfleet is going to come into existence. You all know that Starfleet was built in 2161, and the headquarters are in San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate Bridge. This is why I live in the Bay Area, because I want to be here when Starfleet starts. Make the world that Starfleet can exist in. Whatever that means for you, as you face questions, problems, choices throughout your day — ask, does this bring us slightly closer to a world where first contact with Vulcan can happen and we can establish the United Federation of Planets? Or is this taking us towards the Mirrorverse? And that’s the only question you need to ask yourself today. Help me build Starfleet; I really want to join."
a:Mallory-Ortberg★★★  p:Slate/Dear-Prudence★★★  d:2017.03.15  podcast  Star-Trek  from twitter
june 2017 by bankbryan

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