I've been having fun on Threads this week. Have you checked it out yet?
On the menu today:
Thing 1 - A pill to reverse aging?
Jae-Hyun Yang, David Sinclair, et al published a paper showing how a chemical cocktail can make old cells young again. They used it to restore vision in monkeys!
Life is information. When corrupted, we age & die. Found a backup copy (cf Shannon). With genes & chemicals, we reboot the body. Works in monkeys to restore vision. Humans next
- David Sinclair
People are ecstatic about it.
Saying age reversal can’t be done is like saying humans can’t fly, they merely get in metal tubes & leave the ground for 16 hours.
- David Sinclair
Magic pill to make you young again does sketchy. As such it belongs to the "I'll believe it when I see it" category.
Every history-altering discovery is made with a degree of pushback and disbelief.
So... maybe? We'll see how the human trials go.
Thing 2 - This week in AI
It's been a week of new beginnings, increased commitment, and a show of progress.
- Elon started xAI to "understand the true nature of the universe".
- NVIDIA's market cap is $1.123 trillion due to AI
They produce chips powering platforms like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Snowflake’s data cloud.
- Shopify announced Sidekick, a new AI assistant that aims to help merchants with their online stores
- Stability AI launches Stable Doodle, a sketch-to-image tool that converts a simple drawing into a dynamic image
- Anthropic released Claude-2, their shot at GPT-4.
It has improved performance, longer responses, and can be accessed via API as well as a new website, claude.ai
- Google announces Bard's biggest expansion so far
- Hugging Face raising $200M at $4B valuation
Thing 3 - Your beliefs shape your world
Beliefs are placebos. Believe whatever works for you.
- Derek Sivers
You process so little information about the world. Most of it falls outside of what your senses can experience.
Then your mind discards most of it so you wouldn't be overwhelmed.
This is what your understanding of the world is based on.
Who's to say what you believe in isn't true if it works for you?