It sounds as though the idea was pulled straight from a Hollywood movie script, but Russian billionaire Igor Ashurbeyl is really, in actuality, building a “Noah’s Ark” in space for 15 million Earthlings to escape Earth and begin a brand new civilization on space arks. The cosmic endeavor, although still in its early stages, has already accrued 300,000 sign-ups from hopeful future citizens, and has formed its own flag, national anthem, and parliamentary committee…
The world’s first fake memory has been successfully implanted. Scientists have confirmed that they have been able to generate an artificial memory, implant it into the brain of a mouse, and then make the mouse recall the fake experience as though it had really happened. The goal of the experiment is to eventually help those who struggle with memory impairment or with traumatic memories - perhaps one day leading to a common practice of memory manipulation or even memory deletion.
Culture’s pervasive “fake news” trend is about to get a whole lot faker. Not only can news stories themselves be totally made up and manipulated, but now, the author of fake news itself may not even be real! An artificial intelligence text generator called GPT-2 has recently been put into operation by the research firm OpenAI, and GPT-2’s writing skills have already become almost virtually indiscernible from that of real human writers.
In a controversial first, a team of researchers have been creating embryos that are part human and part monkey. Spanish-born biologist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, who operates a lab at the Salk Institute in California has been working with monkey researchers in China to perform the disturbing research. Their objective is to create “human-animal chimeras,” in this case monkey embryos to which human cells are added.
Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. A new device, developed for the Pentagon after US Special Forces requested it, can identify people without seeing their face: instead it detects their unique cardiac signature with an infrared laser.