Saturday, July 11, 2015

transhumans about the bidnis of enginnering biomes, as well...,

MIT |  No matter where you are, you are surrounded by your microbiome—the complex biological system of more than 100 trillion microorganisms on the human body, in airwaves, and in every environment.

“You may not know it, but you’re walking around with two pounds of microbes on you,” says Bernat Olle SM ’05, MBA ’07, PhD ’07. “But only recently have scientists discovered how important and how useful they can be.”

Research in the field of the microbiome is still in its early stages, but it has already shown that microbes play important roles in metabolism, digestion, and even mood. And Olle is one of a growing group of engineers focusing on this area.

“Modern habits have been to clean up and sterilize everything—make it clean as possible,” he says. “But we’re starting to find out this might not be a good idea—and we’re abusing anti-microbial chemicals. These microbial exposures can help develop key human functions.”

Olle is co-founder and COO of Vedanta Biosciences, a Boston-based startup that researches interactions between the human microbiome and the immune system. He spoke to Slice of MIT at the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, where he was part of a three-person panel that discussed the benefits of microbes and the impact they could have on medicine in the future.

13 comments:

John Kurman said...

But we now know, from the first BBSs to 4chan, Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter that the majority of the internet is used by feces-smearing monkeys.

John Kurman said...

Space: Ape in a can won't work. We got to haul all our little buddies up with us. In fact, the can to house us all will have to be a giant metabolizing bacterium ready to eat planetoids, breath solar atmosphere, and shit out infrastructure.

CNu said...

Precisely why so many gotta go, gotta go, gotta go...,

umbrarchist said...

Thanks, I never heard of it. I'll have to read it.

umbrarchist said...

But which ones are the feces-smearing monkeys. I don't recall how many sites I have been banned from. I'm not sure if it is a dozen yet. LOL

CNu said...

We'll haul up spores, germinate them, guide and nourish their macrostructural expression, and at some point insert our own heavily engineered selves into them as the equivalent of their gut bacteria...,

CNu said...

I still have the beautifully photographed Time Life books from the 60's in which I was introduced to ion propulsion http://johnkurman.blogspot.com/2011/01/small-world-to-live-on-big-universe-to_19.html and liquid breathing..., funny how little is known or depicted concerning this 50 year old technology


https://youtu.be/2OxstD2jN08

John Kurman said...

All of us. But some view the poop smoosh as a beautiful thing.

mhicks said...

Like the LCL from "Neon Genesis: Evangelion."


Will need bioengineering and robot/android assistants as a part of any interstellar exploration (100-200 years).


Barring if humanity doesn't kill each other off or an extinction asteroid setting the technological development clock backward...

CNu said...

rotflmbao..., no Michael. "Humanity" has already doomed itself and the biosphere which sustains it. There are no interstellar "voyages of exploration" in the cards for doomed apes, and no apes in a can with "assistants".

What's in question here is whether there's enough time to engineer extremophile organisms capable of surviving a hot methane-heavy terrestrial atmosphere. Those same transhuman symbiological adaptations might serve to sustain a tiny, minimal regret population of something formerly human here on earth. Formerly human won't just be a fashion statement either http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-transhuman-jump-will-not-be.html

mhicks said...

Okay, so no canned ape trips.


Rather than "Neon Genesis: Evangelion," something more like "Battle Angel Alita...Last Order, Kasei Senki". Cyborgs, nanobots that can end cell senescence, brain chips.

mhicks said...

I'm getting up to speed with the ongoing mission of subrealism.


To keep my stupid questions to a minimum, I've gone back to the blog's origin and am working my way forward.

Dale Asberry said...

An excellent tactic that others around this jawnt should attempt. Not holding my breath...

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