Don't the top 5% make far more than 58% of all the income? If they make more than 58% of the income I would expect them to pay at least that high of a percentage of the taxes.
I feel the same way. For doing lab experiments I have been taking pictures of petri dishes so my laptop can count the colonies that have grown on them. It works very well. I don't need anything approaching professional quality and what my phone does is get the job done.
Later I will have it capture video of how fast a pH gradient collapses. The video quality FAR exceeds anything I need for that application. A professional camera or video camera would be vastly overkill and be harder to use due to the greater complexity of those devices.
The whole human augmentation stuff is very cool. Think of what we can do with portable computing devices when you have your eyes replaced and no longer need a screen. How long would a smartphone last if the screen only existed in your mind? How durable would it be? How long would a "laptop" last? That technology is a lot closer than most people think.
My understanding is that cancer cells massively over express that surface protein, even if the marker binds equally it would be selective towards the cancer cells. The immune system will also trigger healing responses in nearbye cells so losing some non-cancer cells but having an immediate repair response in the area should not be a problem.
I definitely want to see human studies though. I am not really very happy with mouse models. Pigs would be a better model.
For some reason I couldn't find the article again about the eradication rate. There is so much search pollution on this subject it is often hard to find things.
The production problems is just what I heard from a professor that has worked on making these kinds of drugs.
That is one of the examples at least. Last I read it was very hard to make but is showing amazing results. I have not found out yet if the phase 1 trials happened and how they have gone.
Productions problems seem to be a fairly common things for nanomedicines right now.
I have been a programmer for about 10 years but I got tired of not really making any kind of a difference with programming. I decided to go back to school to do chemical and biological engineering so I could work on turning new nanotech/biotech treatments for various diseases like cancer into actual shipping products. There are been some lab bench cancer treatments that show 99%+ eradication of cancer within a few days of treatment but apparently it takes several people a year to make one dose. It is just not industrial scale stuff yet.
About a month after I decided to go back to school I found out that my business partner had pancreatic cancer and he died not too long after I started classes. I now have one year left and when I graduate I will hopefully get a job working on turning these cures into real shipping products. I know I may need to move to places like Canada or a western European country to work on real cures since the current profit motive in the USA does not really favor cures.
I just find it sad that this kind of thing continues to happen. We spend so much money and effort on killing people but if we spent even 5% of what we spent on the military we could cure a heck of a lot of these problems.
It is very sad that he died but it does provide yet another piece of incentive for what I will be doing next and I hope it will encourage other people to do the same.
If you are in a mobile setting and need OpenCl acceleration it is very very hard to beat an AMD laptop. I get good battery life and still have nice gpu acceleration. If I switch to the dedicated gpu the battery life drops quite a lot on both Intel and AMD systems so it is nice to have the APU for doing GPU acceleration with OpenCl.
Other countries though are working on more persistent systems. The holy grail is to encode how to make the nanobot into your DNA. That way the fix would be permanent and inheritable. We are still a good ways off on that but making progress.
The USA is going to have to adopt better medical standards or they will be left far behind as Canada, Europe and other socialized medical care countries largely get rid of their medical costs.
Ideal would be if you could make the system sexually transmitted also. It would very quickly reach people provide the nanobots. It would also be completely non-viable to prevent anyone in the USA from having sex with anyone that had gained these upgrades so everyone would have it in time.
The issue I see is that movies and tv have taught people a value of normal healthy that is actually too thin to be healthy. Too many people are chasing an idea of unrealistically thin and they do a lot of damage to themselves in the process.
I do think it is not very healthy to be overweight or fat however depending on how far overweight you are the health problems actually tend to be pretty minor. Doctors believe a lot of things that medical studies don't actually back up. Many of them still believe there is a connection between eating fat and being fat while research mostly shows that eating more things like breads, pasta etc is much more likely to make you fat.
You do need to exercise, eat well etc but the advice that doctors give is often not very helpful for that.
Mostly though we need to have real guidelines for what is a healthy weight with actual medical evidence behind it, not what someone thinks looks unhealthy.
This is on reason that I reason that you need actual engineers. Knowledge of heat transfer matters a lot when trying to scale a system up.
Heat transfer actually becomes a dominant concern of nearly all chemical reactors especially the bioreactors.
We do have flying cars though and have had them for a while. We just realized that there is a difference between the technology to make the cars and the technology required for the average user to use them. We still can't manage to get people to stop talking and texting while driving even though that is continually shown to be more dangerous than drunk driving. At least now the vehicles mostly crash into other vehicles or things close to roads. Imagine what people would crash into while texting in their flying cars.
We definitely make faster progress on scientific developments through cooperation instead of competition. Overall I think we have a lot of growing up to do as a species and especially as a society. Other countries that have gone for cooperation for medical treatment instead of competition are doing better per resources used than we are. Competition has a high overhead.
The transition is likely to SUCK HARD. Before we make this transition there will be riots, wars, and probably a lot of deaths among the haves and have nots. I just don't see this as being a nice and peaceful transition. I think it is inevitable that we are going to hit this change point fairly soon and I suspect that we will survive it as a species.
I think that even when the VAST majority of jobs are gone I will still be trying to turn research into practice. Honestly even if I didn't really have a better reward from society (other than the tools necessary to do the work) I would not mind. I like the challenge of figuring these things out. If someone else wants to paint all day, sing (as long as they are not around me all the time
I do think there is a lot of work to be done that can't be done under our current economic system though. In a post scarcity system I think more people would be able to be scientists and engineers and contribute to needed things that are not viable right now.
I think this person is also in a field that doesn't involve physical engineering so they don't have all the high costs of chemical reactors, consumables etc.