ashtar. the Doritos Xtreme Pancreas ones aren't bad
chumbucket Like most technology adopters, we'll just find ways to overclock them. Then you'll just have a bunch of sweaty, sick people walking around with battery powered fans whirring all over their bodies.
Old_Zircon This of course assumes that we already understand the actual biological processes so thoroughly that we can create simulations that will provide actual, meaningful results instead of the results we expect based on our current understanding of biology.
I have a suspicion that simulating organs will be about as reliable as simulating economics. because these simulations are designed according to existing theories it seems unlikely that they could produce outcomes outside of the scope of those theories. They seem like they have some potential as an engineering tool but not as a research tool.
Old_Zircon Might have something to do with why this is at MOMA rather than a science museum.
Old_Zircon To paraphrase Kirk, our instruments can only detect what they have been designed to detect.
I'm sure the pharmaceutical industry will love it, though. Shit, if this had been around 20 years ago Paxil would probably be nonprescription now. Organs on a chip don't do pesky things like attempting suicide.