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Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
death  people  science  watching  zen 
3 days ago by ingenu
2 Missing Alaska Climbers Believed to Be Dead on Mountain | Time
“We know they made it to the top. We know they set anchor,” she said. “Whether they were taken out by an avalanche, whether their rope failed — I mean, anything could happen.”
alaska  climbing  death  mountaineering 
3 days ago by bwiese
A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” • MIT Technology Review
Antonio Regalado:
<p>The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.

There’s never been anything quite like Nectome, though.

Next week, at YC’s “demo days,” Nectome’s cofounder, Robert McIntyre, is going to describe his technology for exquisitely preserving brains in microscopic detail using a high-tech embalming process. Then the MIT graduate will make his business pitch. As it says on his website: “What if we told you we could back up your mind?”

So yeah. Nectome is a preserve-your-brain-and-upload-it company. Its chemical solution can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass. The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, though not exactly you, will smell the flowers again in a data server somewhere.

This story has a grisly twist, though. For Nectome’s procedure to work, it’s essential that the brain be fresh. The company says its plan is to connect people with terminal illnesses to a heart-lung machine in order to pump its mix of scientific embalming chemicals into the big carotid arteries in their necks while they are still alive (though under general anesthesia).</p>

Money-back guarantee? And just when we'd got one sorted...
technology  backup  death  mind 
3 days ago by charlesarthur

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