“Biology will undoubtedly
fuel computing” in coming years, former Google CEO and current technical advisor
Eric Schmidt said at a conference called SynBioBeta in San Francisco Monday.
“Taking biology, which I’d always viewed as squishy and analog, and turning it
into something that can be digitally manipulated, is an enormous accelerator.”
Schmidt’s comments come as
Silicon Valley’s seeming obsession with biology attempts to move beyond
fascinating projects and into more serious investments that could help
modernize tech processes.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this year
announced he and his wife Priscilla Chan would donate $68 million to
support the mapping of all the cells in the human body. Facebook also recently acquired a company called CTRL Labs that
lets you control computers with your mind. And Neuralink, a start-up once
backed by Elon Musk, announced its
brain-computer will start trials on humans next year.
“I’m always interested in
the question: What is changing the fastest right now? Because whatever that is
determining the history of next year,” Schmidt told the crowd. “There’s lot of
evidence that biology is in that golden period right now.”
He gave examples of vision
data aiding computing advances and smart assistants bolstering biological
research and medical cure advances. “The way the eye and the vision works and
so forth, will undoubtedly generate algorithms that are very powerful that we
don’t fully understand right now,” Schmidt said.
Under Schmidt, Google’s made
several early vision-related investments and most faced snags. Alphabet’s life
sciences company Verily tried creating smart contact lenses,
which aimed to measure blood sugar levels in tears. It has also filed patents
for eye-tracking and, of course, who can forget the infamously defunct Google
“It’s easy to come up with
movie recommendations or YouTube recommendations, because we have millions of
data points of people like you,” Schmidt said. “We don’t have an analogous
amount of data in biology yet.”
Schmidt said he’d like to
marry the two worlds as quickly as possible. At one point, he asked the crowd
to “build bacteria that absorbs CO2,” adding “We need it at scale and we need
it in the next 10 to 15 years.”
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Facebook says hackers saw personal info of 14 million people The exposed data included relationship status, birth date, hometown, education and the 15 most recent searches, Facebook said. by David Ingram / Oct.12.2018 / 9:55 AM PDT / Updated 10:54 AM PDT Facebook said on Friday that hackers were able to access the personal information of 14 million people through a security flaw that the company first disclosed last month, and that the data exposed included information such as recent check-ins and searches. Facebook said in a blog post that people would be able to check whether they were affected by the attack by visiting a Facebook help center online. The company also said that in the coming days it would send customized messages to users to explain what information might have been accessed. The social networking company disclosed two weeks ago that a security flaw in Facebook's "view as" feature had allowed hackers to see into and potentially take
Too Much Power to the People? A Food Safety Site Tests the Limits Several national chain restaurants have been the target of complaints on IWasPoisoned.com since the site began in 2009. By KEVIN ROOSE FEB. 13, 2018 Dan Laptev, an electronics analyst, was making his way through the Charlotte, N.C., airport this month when he stopped at Starbucks for a light dinner — a ham-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of hot chocolate. He ate, drank, boarded his flight and got home. And that’s when the trouble started. Mr. Laptev spent much of that night hunched over the toilet with a violently upset stomach. Suspecting his Starbucks meal as the source of his ills, he sent a complaint through the company’s website, but got only an automated form email back. So he did the next best thing: He logged on to his computer and went to IWasPoisoned.com, a website that allows users to post reports of food poisoning, and submitted his saga. “I wanted to let people know to stop eating at Star