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We Can Rebuild You. We Have the Technology

At the Tierney Lab, John Tierney wonders if the Singularity -- that point when computers have consciousness and people can upload their minds to avoid death -- is approaching. In a previous column in the New York Times by Tierney, futurist Ray Kurzweil wagered that a computer would pass the Turing Test by 2029. People featured in current issue of IEEE Spectrum say that they'd be lucky if they figured out the fruit fly brain in 20 years, writes Tierney. "There is not the slightest reason to believe in a coming singularity. The fact that you can visualize a future in your imagination is not evidence that it is likely or even possible," Harvard's Steven Pinker says in Spectrum.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.