Why no amount of science can make humans immortal: Horizon – review

But, really, Itskov was the least interesting element in a film whose chief purpose was to illustrate just how far science still is from achieving anything of the sort. Surveying the latest advances in robotics, and neuroscience’s efforts to track the activities of each of the brain’s billions of neurons, brought us up to date with the major advances of the past decade. There were also some great sequences such as quadriplegic Erik Sorto controlling a mechanical arm with his thoughts (via a pair of scary-looking electrodes implanted in his skull). And Columbia University’s Prof Rafael Yuste refreshingly visual efforts to create a complete map of the simple neural activity in the hydra, one of Earth’s most primitive creatures. At its best, this Horizon approached the philosophical in its consideration…


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