piasharn: (Brain in a Jar)
"Self-replicating robots could be the solution to making first contact with an alien civilization."

Perhaps I read/watch too much science fiction, but does anyone else see how this could go horribly, horribly wrong? If the robots don't gain sentience and rebel on their human oppressors, then the aliens they contact may very well destroy us all.

Of course, imagine hanging out in the afterlife with everyone else and having this conversation:

"So, how'd you die?"

"War."

"Heart attack."

"Cancer."

"Car accident."

"Overdose."

"Alien invasion."

Yeah, that'd be a pretty cool way to go.
piasharn: (Brain in a Jar)
"Self-replicating robots could be the solution to making first contact with an alien civilization."

Perhaps I read/watch too much science fiction, but does anyone else see how this could go horribly, horribly wrong? If the robots don't gain sentience and rebel on their human oppressors, then the aliens they contact may very well destroy us all.

Of course, imagine hanging out in the afterlife with everyone else and having this conversation:

"So, how'd you die?"

"War."

"Heart attack."

"Cancer."

"Car accident."

"Overdose."

"Alien invasion."

Yeah, that'd be a pretty cool way to go.
piasharn: (da Vinci anatomy)
Extrodinarily fascinating, and a bit frightening...



Of mice, men and in-between
Scientists debate blending of human, animal forms


In Minnesota, pigs are being born with human blood in their veins.

In Nevada, there are sheep whose livers and hearts are largely human.

In California, mice peer from their cages with human brain cells firing inside their skulls.

These are not outcasts from "The Island of Dr. Moreau," the 1896 novel by H.G. Wells in which a rogue doctor develops creatures that are part animal and part human. They are real creations of real scientists, stretching the boundaries of stem cell research.

Biologists call these hybrid animals chimeras, after the mythical Greek creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail. They are the products of experiments in which human stem cells were added to developing animal fetuses.


(full article)

July 2012

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