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[-] AbouBenAdhem 35 points 13 hours ago

The right way to do it would be to outcross Golden Rice with local strains to transfer the beta carotene gene while preserving other traits that are already adapted to the local ecosystem, thereby maintaining biodiversity and allowing the rice to continue to coevolve with other local organisms. But that would threaten Monsanto’s patents.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 37 points 17 hours ago

In the long run, humans whose biologies most closely resemble rats will have better medical outcomes and therefore greater evolutionary fitness.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 3 points 2 days ago

What about the usage demographics within each country?

In underdeveloped/exploited countries, internet usage is more likely to be concentrated among the economic elites who formerly benefited from colonialism—so if increasing adoption in those countries just follows the pattern of other internet use, it could have the opposite effect from the one intended.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 198 points 2 days ago

Are they sure that’s the direction of causation? Because eating undercooked bear is the sort of behavior I’d expect from people who were already infected with brain worms.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 4 points 2 days ago* (last edited 2 days ago)

I was wondering why they referred to the deletions as “tiny molecules” instead of “genes”, but I guess it’s to emphasize that they code for microRNAs instead of proteins.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 3 points 3 days ago

It’s a novel, not a movie—and worth reading if the vampires vs aliens premise interests you.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 3 points 4 days ago

Isn’t that the plot of Blindsight?

[-] AbouBenAdhem 7 points 5 days ago

It’s a vegetative feeding frenzy.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 26 points 5 days ago* (last edited 3 days ago)

My criticism of Neuralink’s response has nothing to do with whether or not the first patient was treated unfairly. It’s that it reveals Neuralink’s priorities: they had a choice going forward of trying to fix the first patient’s implant or giving up and starting over with a fresh patient, and they chose the latter.

In animal testing, that decision would depend on how valuable the guinea pigs are.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 100 points 5 days ago* (last edited 5 days ago)

None of that concerns Neuralink’s treatment of him—just his process of learning to live with it.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 183 points 5 days ago

In an interview with the Journal, Neuralink's first patient, 29-year-old Noland Arbaugh, opened up about the roller-coaster experience. "I was on such a high and then to be brought down that low. It was very, very hard," Arbaugh said. "I cried." He initially asked if Neuralink would perform another surgery to fix or replace the implant, but the company declined, telling him it wanted to wait for more information.

Neuralink isn’t just treating humans like guinea pigs, they’re treating them like disposable guinea pigs.

[-] AbouBenAdhem 21 points 6 days ago* (last edited 5 days ago)

The ChatGPT case aside, what are the copyright laws on impersonating the voice of an actor portraying a particular film character? If someone imitates the voice of Johnny Depp playing Jack Sparrow, or Andy Serkis playing Gollum, but makes no reference to the character apart from the voice performance, does that infringe on the copyright to the character?

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