Mind-reading has taken on a new guise

UPDATE: Facebook wants to read your mind

Shtfplan.com | Mac Slavo | 01 AUGUST 2019

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Facebook is one step closer to reading your mind. The social media giant has become one step closer to developing a working brain-computer interface, capable of reading users’ thoughts.

CNBC reported that Facebook has taken yet another step in developing its brain-computer interface, with the company’s Reality Labs division working alongside researchers from the University of California, San Francisco to develop a device that can decode speech directly from the human brain onto a screen. A new report published in the journal Nature Communications reveals that researchers are becoming closer than ever to connecting human brains directly to computers.Read more.

Mark Zuckerberg confirms Facebook is working on mind-reading technology

The Telegraph | James Titcomb | 19 APRIL 2017

Facebook is developing technology to let users communicate using only their thoughts, the internet giant confirmed on Wednesday night.

A secretive division at Facebook’s California headquarters has been experimenting with mind-reading technology for several months, the company revealed.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, has previously described telepathy as the “ultimate communication technology”, but the social network’s ambitions have been unclear...

...“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you think,” said Ms Dugan, who joined Facebook from Google last year and previously led DARPA, the US government’s advanced defence research division.... Read more

Chimeras on the rise

Staff | December 11, 2018 | Dicardiology.com

Transplanting Pig Hearts Into Humans

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The scientific journal Nature recently published an article from Munich University Hospital which describes the long-term survival of baboons that had received a heart transplant from genetically modified pigs.1 This is an important step forward on the way to being able to give humans porcine heart transplants.

Pig hearts are very similar in size, anatomy and function to human hearts, so are used to train medical students. Porcine hearts are the gold-standard in pre-clinical animal testing for all cardiovascular devices prior to use in humans to both test the safety and efficacy, and refine the implant procedures. Read more...


Heather Hansman | September 17, 2015 | smithsonianmag.com

Animal to human organ transplants

Could a genetically engineered pig heart one day function in a person?

On a farm in Virginia, a company called Revivicor is breeding pigs that have some genetic similarities to humans. The scientists call them GalSafe pigs, and they have added five human genes to the pigs' livers, kidneys and hearts. The hope is that the organs can be harvested and used for transplants, and that human bodies won’t reject them.

It sounds like science fiction, but it’s sort of working. Revivicor (started by the British company PPL Therapeutics that produced Dolly the cloned sheep) is making strides in the slowly growing field of xenotransplantation, or the transplanting of non-human organs or cells into a human body. The first step has been to make transplants from one animal species to another a reality. Read more.


Michael Cook | August 3, 2019 | Bioedge.org

Creating chimeras for organs

A Japanese stem cell scientist has obtained permission to create human-animal chimeras and transplant them into surrogate animals. Hiromitsu Nakauchi, a researcher at the University of Tokyo and at Stanford University, plans to insert induced pluripotent human cells into mouse embryos. His ultimate aim is to grow human organs in animals.

This kind of procedure was banned in Japan until March, when the government issued new guidelines permitting scientists to create human-animal embryos which can be brought to term. The creation of chimeras in the laboratory is permitted in other countries, like the United States, but the human-animal hybrids cannot be brought to term. Read more.

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1


A SistersSite eBook

Flesh and Bone and The Protestant Conscience is an e-book on Amazon.com. It is 99¢ and in the Amazon lending library as well. It is also available here in PDF format. The book description follows.

Would you let your conscience be your guide?

Does God care if the skin and bone of the dead are passed along to the living for medical uses? Is organ donation OK with God? Should you sign a Living Will?

Did you know that dead organ donors are often anesthetized before their organs are removed? Do you know the current definition of death? The conscience cannot function without facts.

As we ponder the ethics of in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and man-made chimeras, our thoughts trail off. How then should we live? (Ez 33:10)

How should a Christian think about euthanasia by starvation when doctors and the state attorney general all agree it is time to withhold feeding from a brain injured patient? Some things are family matters, but someday it may be our family.

Here is a small book to help you think about whether you want to sign your driver's license, donate a kidney, cremate your loved one, and many other practical questions that may arise in the course of your healthcare decisions or watch over others.

It offers a special focus on the doctrine of the Resurrection that is related to such decisions. Sunday School classes and Bible Study groups could use this book to facilitate discussion about the issues covered.