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Do you want to live forever? Opinion

  • Aliya Prokofieva
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    Humankind is chasing the dream of immortality

Do you want to live forever? Opinion
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Aliya Prokofieva is founder of the international space company “Galaktika,” space exploration visionary and active public speaker. She writes for U.Today on the cutting edge tech and disruptive projects that may change the life of billions of people.

The means of Makropulos, a pill of longevity, secret knowledge, ancient witchcraft, legends of the Countess Bathory and the cult novel of Brem Stoker, "Highlander", "Immortal", "Lord of the Rings", "Zardoz" and many other films and books tell about, perhaps, the desired phenomenon for mankind - about IMMORTALITY.

Perhaps absolute immortality is pure fiction ... Well then, at least, life could be several times longer than is available today. And, if possible, maximally delay the old age and stay forever young! This eternal desire is now being sought out by specialists from medicine, cosmetology, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics and various figures of the occult sciences. Computer games gave this movement an invaluable idea- spare lives. Spare organs and systems are replaced as they wear out their own.

And it should be as simple as changing the oil and filters in a car. Images of the future are depicted, where the latest technologies and discoveries of scientists will allow to live for hundreds of years, changing the worn parts of the body to new ones, the achievements of nanogenetics will fundamentally change the functioning of DNA and RNA, which will lead to a sharp slowdown in aging and body wear. A new, sparkling world…

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Start with the basics

Let’s start with genetics. Scientists have found out that human chromosomes have their own system responsible for stability. A kind of seat belt for chromosomes, which prevents unwinding and damage to gene chains. This enzyme is called terminal telomerase. There is a hypothesis that the wear of telomerase over the years leads to irreparable gene changes, cells are replicating worse and worse, many defects appear- this is aging. Natural death occurs when a critical mass of "errors" in replication accumulates. And for all this, the terminal telomerase responds. Here it is, the goal of research and study, you simply need to fix this enzyme and life will last as long as it will be uninterruptedly to perform its telomerase function! But is everything so simple? There are hundreds more questions than answers, many laboratories in the world are dealing with this problem, but the solution and implementation is still very far…

Stepping towards prolonging life will help nanotechnology. Not those on which the state corporation spends budgetary billions, but the creation of nanorobot repairers. This topic is widely represented in modern fiction, one of the first was the film "Innerspace", where the hero was reduced to the size of the red blood cell, and he traveled on the human circulatory system on a special nanosubmarine. Such microscopic automatic repairers will be able to "repair" cellular damage or remove the incipient cancer when it is represented by just a couple of three incorrect cells. And this is no longer a fantasy out of reach, MIT scientists have already used experimental nanorobots to destroy ovarian tumors in experimental laboratory mice. How would you react to the fact that you will be injected into a vein with a solution containing thousands of microscopic doctors that will spread all over your body, conduct a total screening, identify the problems and then proceed to "repair"? While no one still knows if it will hurt .

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The next method is the cultivation of organs to be replaced. And here come into play the ubiquitous 3D printers! Yes, the organs will be printed in accordance with the biological scheme from the donor cells or the patient's own cells. Cells are taken from the body, a live culture is grown in special conditions and a nutrient medium, and then the desired organ is printed from this biomass. At first glance - it's easy! But while the technology has not been worked out yet and years of research still need to be done... Imagine a malignant smoker with lung cancer can simply replace the trachea, bronchi and lungs. Exactly as in the film "Constantine", where Keanu Reeves gets a completely new respiratory system????.

Cloning. Since cloning the lamb Dolly, only the lazy one has not discussed the possibility of growing "spare" organisms by cloning. It's so cool- you live and you have a spare body in the warehouse. Expensive? Seems insane, but this is an excellent way out! The spare body, "Products", as it was called in the movie " The Island", at the right time, you can take out the liver, kidneys, heart or spine. But in the "Island" clones were not just alive, but full of thinking and feeling copies of their "sponsors." And the cruel corporation actually killed clones for the sake of transplantation of absolutely identical organs.

The moral conflict in the movie was decided by the revolution, but what about in real life?

The ethical problem of human cloning is still not solved, years of legal, theological and medical battles are coming up for developing a common point of view on human cloning. The UN, WHO and criminal responsibility in many countries of the world for the work on human cloning is in effect, but the evidence and effectiveness of this method will necessarily lead to some mutually acceptable solution that will satisfy all aspects of the process- doctors, patients, lawyers, legislators, clergy and the public.

My choice is none of the tools listed above...

And yours?

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Aliya Prokofieva is founder of the international space company Galaktika, space exploration visionary and active public speaker

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Top Bitcoin Miner Warns – Bitcoin’s Privacy Features Are ‘Quite Poor’

  • Yuri Molchan
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    The head of a major Bitcoin mining pool says that Bitcoin privacy is weak and must be improved to prevent BTC from avoiding governments’ clampdown

Top Bitcoin Miner Warns – Bitcoin’s Privacy Features Are ‘Quite Poor’
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The CEO of one of the largest BTC mining pools, Poolin, has recently stated in an interview that Bitcoin privacy has to be improved. The current privacy features make BTC vulnerable to potential regulatory bolt tightening, says he, as reported by Forbes.

The Poolin mining company was set up by several former employees of BTC.com – a world’s major mining pool, a subsidiary of Bitmain. Among them was the Poolin’s current CEO Kevin Pan.

“Bitcoin’s privacy features are quite poor”

Over the past years, developers have suggested several ways to improve Bitcoin’s privacy. However, those were rejected by the community, since they would hard such major things as security, scalability, etc.

A good example here is Confidential Transactions that were among those suggestions. They disguise the amount of BTC sent in transactions. However, the integration of it was rejected, since it could have had a negative impact on the public verifiability of the present BTC supply.

Kevin Pan says that privacy is much more vital for a crypto asset development than scalability. Pan says:

“There is no other big question if the privacy issue is solved.”

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Governments may start controlling BTC miners

The company CEO believes that in theory, authorities or law-enforcement agencies may start telling miners to block certain address from receiving funds or sending them. However, in that case that would have to be 51 percent of the BTC network.

Pan believes that unless a solution to this problem is found soon, governments will get a chance to prevent transactions to certain addresses from happenning.

“What is more troublesome now is if government or law enforcement departments begin to create a blacklist of transaction addresses, it will make certain transactions unable to be packaged.”

“In fact, these can be done. But if there is privacy, you can't know who the address belongs to, and you can't determine how much the amount is, and there is no way to control the currency system. So for me, Bitcoin is basically no problem if the issue of privacy can be solved.”

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China plans to clamp down on BTC miners

Previously, U.Today reported that Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, plans to ban all the numerous mining pools located there soon.

Since this region is one of the biggest local crypto mining areas, some believe that China is about to ban mining of all cryptocurrencies ahead of the so-called ‘China Coin’ launch.

Do you think that poor Bitcoin’s privacy features could indeed bring down regulatory control over BTC one day? Feel free to share your view in the comments section!

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About the author

Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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