Biohackers Are Using Mail-Order CRISPR To Alter DNA

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We want to grow as a species and maybe change as a species. Whether that is curing disease or immortality or mutant powers is up to you.
–Josiah Zayner, ODIN website

I suppose it was only a matter of time…enterprising biohackers are now using mail-order CRISPR kits to edit DNA. No need to stumble through the darknet to find the websites that sell these kits, either. The ODIN do-it-yourself CRISPR site is as easily accessible as typing in “mail-order CRISPR kit” into your search browser.

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Ultron Two-Point-Oh

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So the other day I had a troll visit my Facebook…or rather, some sort of “bot.” It was nothing really directed towards me, but rather some short, asinine, vaguely ideologically-driven, near word-salad commentary left on a major news story I posted.

And I would imagine they fish for the trending keywords and then deposit this near word-salad on a bunch of random accounts, for whatever purpose; to spam-promote a pyramid scheme, to assist in the continuing takeover of our country by foreign powers, or perhaps simply to make friends and influence people.

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Time Is A Flat Circle: The Elon Musk Edition

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A mock Rolling Stone cover from “Iron Man” (2008); the latest Rolling Stone featuring Elon Musk (2017)

Once again, we have pop-culture science-fiction presaging “science fact”.

I haven’t read the Elon Musk article yet—“The Architect Of Tomorrow”—but just wanted to underline a point I’ve made here numerous times—2018-2019 are extremely important “bridge years” in terms of technology. The 2020s—even just the front end of them—are going to look vastly different than what we are used to now. And most people are so distracted nowadays that they’re not keeping up with what’s going to be ahead.

More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Sean Parker: Wealth Disparity + Tech Innovations Will Create “Class of Immortal Overlords”
The Future Of Humanity Is Elsagate
Robot Babies, Cyborg Taylor Swift And The Post-Sexual World

Asgardia, The First “Space Nation,” Has Launched (Uh, Sort Of)

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Last year I told you about the very Thor-sounding Asgardia—the proposed first “space nation” spearheaded by Russian businessman Igor Ashurbeyli. Well, it finally launched this past Saturday. Kinda. Sort of.

What actually launched was a Wonder Bread-sized “cubesat” (file server/satellite) named Asgardia-1—containing, among other things, Asgardia’s constitution, flag, database of its over 100,000 citizens, and citizen personal files (18,000 in all). Which is very interesting to me, because I believe in the future there will be an increasing trend in people shooting their most precious data into space.

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Scientists Implant Human Brain Matter Into Rats, Creating Ethical Concerns

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Like…they are literally creating “Pinky And The Brain”…or at least the “Brain” part!

The medical magazine Stat reports that what are essentially “tiny human brains,” organoids, have been implanted into the brains of the rats—which is now sparking an ethical debate. Literally: could the rats have increased intelligence  (and/or other unforeseen consequences) as the result of the implants?

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Sean Parker: Wealth Disparity + Tech Innovations Will Create “Class of Immortal Overlords”

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Welcome to your Facebook utopia

Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so…I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]
—Sean Parker

You know, when somebody as “insidery” as Sean Parker—who was the 1st president of Facebook—predicts that the world will be run in the future by a “class of immortal overlords,” you should really pay attention.

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