An Israel-based biotech company says it intends to create embryonic-stage people to harvest tissue for use in transplant treatments as it explores new forms of geriatric medicine.
The company’s Renewal Bio follows recent advances in stem cell technology and artificial wombs. Earlier this week, Hanna spent several days working mechanically, starting with mouse stem cells, until his lab formed a remarkably realistic-looking mouse embryo, developing a beating heart, flowing blood, and cranial folds. We have shown that we can continue to grow them in the womb.
This is the first time such an evolved embryo has been mimicked without sperm, eggs or even a uterus. Hannah now has her sights set on extending this technology to humans. He’s already experimented with human cells and hopes to eventually create an artificial model of a human embryo. “We look at the embryo as his 3D bioprinter at its best,” he says. Read full text.
— Antonio Regalado
Automated technology could make AI development easier
Machine learning researchers have many decisions to make when designing a new model. In other words, complex models are designed by human intuition rather than systematically. A growing field called automated machine learning (autoML) aims to eliminate that guesswork, allowing algorithms to take over decision making. This simplifies the process and makes machine learning more accessible.
Big tech is taking notice. Companies such as Amazon and Google already offer low-code machine learning tools that utilize autoML techniques, and computer scientists are excited about the idea of being able to easily identify problems before leaving computers to figure them out. I’m here. But researchers have a lot of work to do before deploying autoML more broadly. Read full text.
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1 US declares monkeypox a public health emergency
The number exceeds 7,100, more than any other country. (WSJMore $)
+ Many queer men were not vaccinated. (vox)
+ Some people are at risk of contracting both monkeypox and novel coronavirus. (Atlantic $)
+ There is no evidence yet to suggest that monkeypox has become more virulent. (slate)
+ Everything You Need to Know About the Monkeypox Vaccine.MIT Technology Review)
2 Alex Jones Must Pay $4 Million To Sandy Hook Victim’s Parents
Conspiracy theorists are finally facing the consequences of calling the massacre a hoax.BBC)
+ A jury may also award additional damages. (buzzfeed news)
3 Elon Musk accused Twitter of being a fraud
He also claims he was “tricked” into signing the purchase contract. (bloomberg $)
+ A tool used to rate Twitter bots reportedly flagged Musk’s own account as one. (FT $)
+ Attorneys at Twitter don’t hesitate. (The Barge)
+ Meanwhile, Musk predicts the US will weather a “mild recession” for 18 months. (insider)
4 The UK cost of living crisis spawned a wave of fraud
This feels especially cruel, if sadly inevitable. (FT $)
5 When you die, your brain seems to unlock a new reality 🧠
The new dimension of reality experienced by some dying people is not the same as hallucinations.Neolife)
6 I buy fewer video games than I used to
Shoppers are shopping less for non-essentials as disposable incomes drop. (WP $)
7 animals we don’t know most about are endangered
Many are thought to have gone extinct before we discovered them. (motherboard)
+ Machine learning could help identify the most endangered species. (The Barge)
+ Understanding how species mate is critical to ensuring future security. (well-known magazine)
8 The internet is obsessed with tracking celebrity flights
Aviation enthusiasts reveal data that the rich and famous would rather keep hidden. (Guardian)
9 Hollywood is getting better at portraying young people online
Being extremely online is no longer just for the lonely. (Atlantic $)
+ How the next generation is reshaping political discourse.MIT Technology Review)
https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/08/05/1056903/download-experimental-embryos-human-organ-harvesting-us-monkeypox-emergency-cases-virus/ Experimental Embryos and the U.S. Monkeypox Emergency