With a dead extinct animal? No. The closest thing is an extinct ibex cloned in 2009 (hardly "a decade"), and it only lived for a few minutes --- not exactly a success in my book.
I didn't mean literally the size of the animal. What I meant is that there is only going to be so much 43,000-year-old DNA to go around. You wouldn't want to waste it on a process that didn't work. You'd want to start out small, with a dead, frozen chicken that had been on ice for a year or so. Extract its DNA, and then see if you could get a live chicken out of it.
I know they have cloned live sheep. Has anyone cloned a frozen, dead animal yet? That I haven't heard about.
I suppose the idea of cloning a 43,000-year-old mammoth would be the kind of thing that would attract funding, but from a purely scientific standpoint, wouldn't you start out small and try to clone, say, a dead chicken first, just to see if the process actually worked?
I didn't know dire wolves were real. I just thought it was some BS that George R. R. Martin came up with.
Anyone who thinks that robots will be smarter than humans by 2029 has not really thought things through. I can step out on my back patio, take one look at the pergola, and tell you that it's going to need to be replaced in the next couple of years. I can look at the grass and tell whether I need to cut it this weekend or let it go for another week. I can sniff the air and tell you that the guy in the next cubicle has farted. Of course a robot might come to the same conclusions, but it would have to take samples from the pergola for testing; measure the grass over a period of several days, test the humidity of the soil, and check the weather forecast; and it could tell that a mildly noxious gas has entered the air from the cubicle next door; but would it know, absolutely KNOW, that the guy in the next cubicle farted?
And will they ever build a robot that can truly understand a woman? Hah!
How about if you lose your job because you can't get to work because your car was erroneously towed.
How about if you get frostbite because it's 7 degrees outside with a wind chill factor of -18 and you cannot drive home because your car is gone.
How about if your car is damaged during the towing process because the tow truck driver, who took your car when he shouldn't, is an idiot.
You've obviously never had invalid information about you in a database somewhere. It can be impossible to get rid of, and nobody accepts responsibility for the bad information.
I don't trust the tow truck drivers to have that many scruples, especially if they are paid by the tow. I think they'll take whatever vehicle they've been told to take.
Because the tow truck driver will notice that only one letter on the plate is wrong, shrug his shoulders, and tow it. He doesn't care because he'll just say he's doing his job. The tow company doesn't care because they'll just argue they THEY are doing their job, and the responsibility will be that of the ones with money and power, who always win in court.
Because the tow companies tow whatever they are told to tow. They are merely agents for those with money and power, and those with money and power always win regardless of who is right.
The major problems I see with this is there is no oversight. How accurate are the readers? How accurate are the databases? What recourse is there when they make a mistake? That sort of thing. Without oversight there is vast potential for abuse. The various companies involved need to be licensed and regulated. There needs to be PCI-like compliance for their databases and equipment.
There are lots of other questions here. Parking lots are by and large on private property. These drivers with the scanners are utilizing the private property for profit. I mean, I can't just set up a booth in Walmart's parking lot and start selling stuff. I would need their permission, for starters, and they would probably want a lease, proof of insurance, etc, etc.
My worry is that my car will be mistaken for another car on a repo list and towed somewhere. Then it becomes a legal nighmare getting it back, with no prospect for compensation or damages.
The term reminds me of "Computer Scientist". I remember a TV commercial from the 80s for a digital watch that mimicked analog watches. The announcer would declare that the watch had been designed by "computer scientists" while an actor was displayed wearing a lab coat and looking at the watch under a microscope. The first time I saw it I was afflicted with fits of laughter.
This will probably get lost in the noise, but, the monks on Mount Athos follow a vegetarian diet that contains no animal protein, apart from the occasional fish. There is plenty of plant protein, and the carbs they eat are typically found in fruits and vegetables. They don't eat a lot of bread, rice and pasta. They tend to live long, healthy lives. There is more to it than just the diet, however. Their lives are ordered, unhurried, with little stress, and plenty of mild exercise.
Good luck with that. A lot of things that used to be protected by the First Amendment are no longer protected by it.