The meaning behind Apple’s ‘i’ is really disappointing (for some)


If you share love for Apple like I do, you’ve come to greatly appreciate that little lowercase ‘i.’ There’s an intrinsic charge about it; it certainly represents something. What “i” think The other night I pondered the implication behind Apple’s signature prefix. Before any research, I knew nothing about the ‘i’ and what it really stood for. First thing I thought of? The concept of self. The ‘i’ represents you, the user. The device is an extension of who you are, what you think, and what you do. My iPhone represents the things I love and care about. It reflects my personal…

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YouTuber Logan Paul apologizes for filming suicide victim, says ‘I didn’t do it for views’

YouTuber Logan Paul has apologized after uploading a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara forest. Paul was visiting the location, commonly known as the “suicide forest,” as part of a trip to Japan and filming it for his daily vlog. He’s since taken down the video and apologized for uploading it, claiming he was trying to raise awareness of suicide.

The video was uploaded under the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” and starts with a viewer discretion warning to Paul’s 15 million-plus subscribers. Paul speaks to the camera in a somber tone, saying he hasn’t monetized the video with adverts and that “this is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted on this channel.” He then tells…

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Bill Nye: “I predict no one is going to want to settle on Mars”

Bill Nye is all grown up, and so is the first generation of his viewers. Every millennial’s favorite Science Guy is back with the second season of Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

But the world looks a lot different today than it did in 1998, when Bill Nye the Science Guy went off the air. Climate change, once little more than a hypothesis, has become one of the defining issues of our age; people have counteracted ease of accessing information on sophisticated computers and smartphones with powerful strains of denialism and skepticism.

Fortunately, we have Bill Nye streaming to our screens to set the record straight. Nye chatted recently with Futurism about the new season of his show, what the near and far future might hold, and how we can ensure the best possible outcome.

This interview has been slightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Futurism: How did you choose the focuses of the episodes this season, and what are you most excited about?

Bill Nye: The writers and I sit and sometimes pace and discuss topics in the news and topics we think will be relevant in the coming year. I think we’ve really nailed it this time.

F: Is there an episode that stands out that people are going to love?

BN: I think the marijuana episode is going to be well viewed because there’s so much marijuana controversy these days. The western states, especially, have legalized it. Other states have kept it as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I means it’s presumed to be addictive and presumed to have no medical value. But there are many, many people who swear by the medical value of marijuana.

The reason no one is sure is that marijuana hasn’t been especially well studied. After it was declared Schedule I, you can’t study it. So there’s an irony. That’s the upshot of the show.

F: Your previous show ended in 1998. I watched it when I was a kid. Why did you decide to jump back into Bill Nye Saves the World in 2017? What is unique about this moment, and what has happened in the interim?

BN: Streaming services were created in the interim. Everybody keep in mind that, after the Science Guy show ended after 100 shows… I was working in television on cable services that were not as widely viewed as Netflix is. Netflix approached me to host a show, I said, “heck yes, let’s go.” The great thing about the Netflix deal is that we have so many more resources, more people on the crew, much bigger travel budget, lighting, a great big set. It’s exciting.

We want everyone in the world to embrace the process of science, which enables us to have a television show on a streaming service in the first place. Without an understanding of electricity and electromagnetism, we really wouldn’t have any of this, would we?

F: We agree that science is the force that will shape the future. How do we get kids interested in science and tech in a genuine way?

BN: We don’t have any trouble getting kids excited about science. The problem is keeping them engaged as they move through their academic career and get into the workforce. Kids love science.

The whole thing is just to require [science]. You spend more time in school than you do with your parents. So we want school to be a valuable place and a valuable use of your time when you’re a kid and a high school student. And for that, we want to insist that we have science every day in every grade, preschool through 12th grade. And that doesn’t take that much of an investment, but it does take a commitment from lawmakers and school boards and so on.

F: This loops into your comment about commitment to science. Is there something unique about this moment and the way we talk about science in our country?

BN: We have a very successful anti-science movement right now — people that deny the efficacy of vaccines, people who deny climate change even while the world’s sixth largest economy — California is on fire. People deny the reality of climate change while the United States’ fourth largest city Houston is underwater. And so this is a very serious problem. You can’t just ignore it. I think it’s becoming apparent to more and more voters. But this idea that you can declare that there are more people on the National Mall when there clearly aren’t, and the flat earth people are everywhere  it’s weird. And it won’t last, it can’t last.

 

F: What do you think are going to be some of the big science developments or topics we’re going to be talking about in 2018?

BN: Climate change. Cybersecurity is also very important. We run our whole society on the internet. If it goes down, our economy goes down. For example, our agriculture’s deeply affected because of the so-called supply chain. Growing food is one thing  getting it from a farm to a table is another. Managing the food and managing the farm resources takes electronics and takes the internet. Many large farm tractors now are autonomous vehicles that run on global positioning systems, planting seeds within seven centimeters of each other, precisely fertilized for the exact place on the field and the chemistry of the soil at that place. All that is dependent on space assets — satellites and the internet. So if we have cybersecurity problems, we’ve got big problems.

F: There are a lot of extraordinary predictions made for the future. Are there you some that you think are really likely to come true, and some that you think are more far-fetched?

BN: Fires? Floods? Yes, yes. Enormous displaced populations in the developing world? Yes. People abandoning their homes in Pensacola, Norfolk, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston? Yes, yes, yes, yes. Food production moving farther north into Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan? Yes.

I predict no one is going to want to settle on Mars. Mars is just fantastically hostile. When you look at the pictures, it looks like a place. It looks like the Mojave desert or Palm Springs or something when you’re based away from the golf course. But there’s hardly any water. It’s fantastically, bitterly cold. And there’s no air to breathe. You will notice that immediately. If you take your helmet off, you will notice that you suffocate in a few seconds as you freeze to death. But we do have a science base in Antarctica, so maybe someday there will be a science base on Mars. But that’s a long way off.

The singularity is this guy [Ray Kurzweil’s] claim that, just as he’s about to die, computers will become as sophisticated as a human brain and he will transfer his mind and his life experiences into a computer. At that moment, the singularity, then computers will begin to take over the world. I’m very skeptical. He had it at the year 2029, which I believe is the year he turns 80. Coincidence? You decide.

Keep in mind that a billion people in the world haven’t made a phone call. And it’s not that they haven’t made a mobile phone call, just haven’t made a phone call. So when you say ‘Computers are going to take over the world,’ they’re going to say, ‘What’s a computer, and what do you mean plug it in?’

F: It does seem like that disparity between the people on the cutting edge and the people who haven’t yet gotten into this technological world is growing really fast.

BN: The other thing that’s very important to all of us is, we have this increasingly complex society that’s entirely based on science or understanding the natural world, and we have a larger and larger fraction of our society that doesn’t understand how it works, or doesn’t accept and embrace the process of science, which has enabled us to have this extraordinary technology. That is a formula for disaster. That is a recipe for bad outcomes.

‘Oh, I’ll just go to the cash machine.’ Cash machine’s not working. ‘What’s a cash machine and how does it work?’ Well, it works using 1’s and 0’s rendered by transistor logic put on integrated circuits using silicon doped with germanium and arsenic. ‘How do you do that?’ If people don’t understand that, we’re going to have trouble.

F: Is that commitment from lawmakers that you mentioned before, is that enough to start to close that disparity? 

BN: It’s certainly necessary, if not sufficient. You’re never going to get there without students coming of age with an understanding of science. So what’s happening is, the climate change deniers are, as I like to say, aging out. But the young people, millennials and younger who recognize the seriousness of climate change, are they going to be able to put new systems in place for generating electricity, providing clean water, providing access to the internet? Are they going to be able to do that fast enough to address climate change, or will there be catastrophic fires in California, catastrophic floods in coastal cities so fast that it displaces populations and people become unproductive before they can get anything done about it? We’ll see, won’t we?

F: What is one science fact that you wish more people knew? 

BN: Carbon dioxide is a very small fraction of the Earth’s atmosphere. But without it, we wouldn’t have green plants, and the oceans would be frozen instead of liquid.

Season two of Bill Nye Saves the World is available on Netflix starting December 29. 

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Apple Releases iOS 11.1.1 Update with Autocorrect “i” Bug Fix

Apple on Thursday released the sixth official update to iOS 11, version 11.1.1, to the general public. Among other things, iOS 11.1.1 fixes a particularly frustrating bug.

Namely, the new update patches the annoying autocorrect “i” bug that has plagued a portion of users since the release of iOS 11.1 about two weeks ago. The bug would cause the letter “i” to falsely autocorrect to a random letter and an unreadable Unicode character — making many messages with the lower-case “i” letter basically illegible.

While Apple has issued a fix for the bug in the latest iOS 11.2 beta, the bug has since spread to more users running the base version of iOS 11 and iOS 11.1. Since reports of the irritating glitch spread like wildfire on social media, Apple has undoubtedly found it a pressing issue to address. One that couldn’t wait for the official release of iOS 11.2, expected later this fall.

In addition to the autocorrect bug fix, iOS 11.1.1 also fixes an issue that would cause the “Hey Siri” voice activation command to not work, according to Apple’s release notes. Beyond these additions, it’s not clear if there are any other under-the-hood changes, security patches or bug fixes included in the new update. At the very least, there doesn’t seem to be any new user-facing features.

Apple has released six software updates in the last month or so, including iOS 11.1 in late October, which included 70 new emoji, the popular 3D Touch App Switcher and several bug fixes and security patches. The next major update, iOS 11.2, will add Apple Pay Cash and should be released sometime in the near future.

How to Download iOS 11.1.1

iOS 11.1.1 is now available to all iOS users as a free, over-the-air update. To install it, users with eligible devices can find the update under Settings > General > Software Update. It’s worth noting that, though it’s officially rolling out today, it might take a while to reach every eligible iOS device — so if you don’t see it know, check Software Update later.

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How to Fix iOS 11’s Frustrating Letter ‘i’ Bug

There’s a frustrating bug affecting some ⍰PHONE users running ⍰OS 11.1 — and if you couldn’t tell from the previous sentence, it has to do with the letter “i.”

Reportedly, a percentage of iPhones running iOS 11.1 have lost the ability to type the capital letter “i.” Instead of an “I” character, the iPhone keyboard will display an exclamation point and a boxed question mark, or a capital “a” with a series of lines.

The problem seems to be linked to iOS’s predictive text feature — and specifically the cloud synchronization for text predictions. Apple’s machine learning algorithms can pick up new words used by its customers and sync those words to other iOS or macOS devices.

The “?-within-a-box” symbol is usually representative of an unprintable Unicode character, though sometimes it can appear as several lines instead. According to The Guardian, some Apple users are reporting seeing the “i” character in the emoji picker, while others are actually seeing the strange Unicode character.

Although it’s an ironic and somewhat amusing bug, it’s also undoubtedly frustrating. Apple said it will fix the bug in a future iOS update, but in the meantime, here are a few workarounds.

The Apple Method

Apple recommends in a new support page that users set up a Text Replacement for the letter “i.”

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Keyboard and then Text Replacement.
  4. Tap the + plus to add a new replacement.
  5. For Phrase, type an upper-case “I.”
  6. In the Shortcut box, type a lower-case “i.”

It’s not a perfect solution, however. Since it’ll replace all lowercase “i” characters with an uppercase “I” character, it’ll be grammatically incorrect. But, at the very least, your messages and posts will make sense.

The Third-Party Method

The other way to fix the glitch in the interim is to download and use a third-party keyboard app. There is a slew of these apps on the App Store, but some highly rated (and free) options include Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey.

  1. Download the keyboard app of your choice from the App Store.
  2. Once it’s installed, go to Settings > Keyboard.
  3. Tap on Keyboards.
  4. Tap on Add New Keyboard…
  5. Tap on GBoard or SwiftKey.
  6. In any app where the Keyboard is present, tap on the Glove icon to switch between available keyboards.

Again, it’s not an ideal solution, but it’ll work until Apple fixes the issue. Which, judging by the fact that “I” is a relatively important letter in the English language, will probably be sooner than later.

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Stephen Hawking: “I Fear That AI May Replace Humans Altogether”

The Point of No Return

Stephen Hawking fears it may only be a matter of time before humanity is forced to flee Earth in search of a new home. The famed theoretical physicist has previously said that he thinks humankind’s survival will rely on our ability to become a multi-planetary species. Hawking reiterated — and in fact emphasized — the point in a recent interview with WIRED in which he stated that humanity has reached “the point of not return.”

Hawking said the necessity of finding a second planetary home for humans stems from both concerns over a growing population and the imminent threat posed by the development of artificial intelligence (AI). He warned that AI will soon become super intelligent — potentially enough so that it could replace humankind.

“The genie is out of the bottle. I fear that AI may replace humans altogether,” Hawking told WIRED.

It certainly wasn’t the first time Hawking made such a dire warning. In an interview back in March with The Times, he said that an AI apocalypse was impending, and the creation of “some form of world government” would be necessary to control the technology. Hawking has also cautioned about the impact AI would have on middle-class jobs, and even called for an outright ban on the development of AI agents for military use.

In both cases, it would seem, his warnings have been largely ignored. Still, some would argue that intelligent machines are already taking over jobs, and several countries —including the U.S. and Russia — are pursuing some sort of AI-powered weapon for use by their military.

A New Life Form

In recent years, AI development has become a widely divisive topic: some experts have made similar arguments as Hawking, including SpaceX and Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Both Musk and Gates see the potential for AI’s development to be the cause of humanity’s demise. On the other hand, quite a number of experts have posited that such warnings are unnecessary fear-mongering, which may be based on farfetched super-intelligent AI take-over scenarios that they fear could distort public perception of AI.

As far as Hawking is concerned, the fears are valid. “If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself,” Hawking said in the interview with WIRED. “This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”

Hawking, it seems, was referring to the development of AI that’s smart enough to think, or even better than, human beings — an event that’s been dubbed the technological singularity. In terms of when that will happen (if ever) Hawking didn’t exactly offer a time table. We could assume that it would arrive at some point within the 100-year deadline Hawking imposed for humanity’s survival on Earth. Others, such as SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil, have put the timeframe for the singularity even sooner than that — within the next 30 years.

We still have miles to go in terms of developing truly intelligent AI, and we don’t exactly know yet what the singularity would bring. Would it herald humankind’s doom or might it usher in a new era where humans and machines co-exist? In either case, AI’s potential to be used for both good and bad demands that we take the necessary precautions.

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Why Shonda Rhimes left TV for Netflix: ‘I love the creative freedom’

On the latest Recode Decode, Rhimes also talked about ShondaLand.com and why it’s okay to leave Twitter.

After creating the hit television shows “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” it seemed like superstar TV producer Shonda Rhimes could do whatever she wanted. But she couldn’t, because she was still on TV.

On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, recorded at the 2017 Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Rhimes said she left ABC for an exclusive four-year deal at Netflix because the latter represents “an open road.” Although her six TV shows will continue at ABC, she and 30 of her colleagues from ShondaLand will be trying new things online, although she’s not explicitly saying what, yet.

“I love the creative freedom that’s available there,” Rhimes said. “There’s no restrictions. There’s no broadcast standards and practices. There’s no. ‘It has to be this long’ — I can make something that’s an hour and a half long, I can make something that’s 15 minutes long. There’s no, ‘We want to see more of this because that’s what you’ve done before.’”

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On the new podcast, Rhimes also talked about ShondaLand’s new partnership with Hearst, producing lifestyle articles and other magazine-style content — but not beauty tips, she stressed — for ShondaLand.com.

“As a business owner, people keep asking me, ‘What’s the goal, what’s the goal, what’s the goal?’” she said. “And when Hearst picked it up, people were saying, ‘That must have been the goal.’ There is no ‘goal,’ in that sense. The goal is to give people a voice. The goal is to have a voice out there that feels relevant and different and available.”

But embracing the web doesn’t mean Rhimes is all in on social media. She wondered if Facebook and Twitter were becoming “more useful or far less useful” in the age of Trump.

“There is a feeling, for a lot of people, that pulling away from a lot of those is much more comforting than it is to be on them,” she said. “I spend a lot less time on social media than I used to, and I know that people think it’s far more important, and yet, I don’t think it is.”

“Everybody reports what’s on social media that’s important,” Rhimes added. “So in a weird way, you don’t have to follow it as closely as you did before, when you had to be there to see what was happening in the instant. Now, I can find out what Donald Trump said on Twitter just by walking around. It’s everywhere! It’s not as urgent to be in the know and on the sites.”

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Recode’s reactions to Twitter’s new, longer tweets: ‘I don’t have time to read your book’

Recode’s staff weighs in on Twitter’s new product test.

Twitter is testing longer tweets, which means some users now get 280 characters to say whatever is on their mind, instead of the 140 characters Twitter is traditionally known for.

If there’s one thing we know about Twitter, it’s that users love to hate whatever changes the company makes to the product. And this is a big change for Twitter, so we imagine that a lot of people will have a lot of thoughts about longer tweets.

Recode is full of passionate Twitter users with a lot of thoughts about most everything. So we asked our staff to weigh in on the update. The only rule: Supporters of the new character limit could tell us why they liked it in 280 characters; opponents of the change had to limit their arguments to the traditional 140-character limit.

Here’s where Recoders fall.


Love it

Dan Frommer, Editor in Chief

Love it. The rise of the “thread” has proven that Twitter is a great place to post longer ideas without linking out. But more than anything, it shows Twitter is experimenting with formats — something that is many years overdue. Twitter’s value is its network, not a hard 140 limit.

Peter Kafka, Senior Editor, Media

Sounds great!

But let’s not give it away for free: Make users earn additional characters. They could do so by doing good, or donating money, or by muting Donald Trump.

Kurt Wagner, Senior Editor, Social Media

This is long overdue. My only issue: Why stop at 280? In a world where news breaks on Twitter every single day, we shouldn’t be forcing people to cut important context from a tweet just to meet an unnecessary limit. I’m also sick of piecing together President Trump’s tweetstorms.

Johana Bhuiyan, Senior Editor, Transportation

1/2 I’m going to be that guy. The change is fine, but this is a dumb thing to focus on right now. Character limit is a menial thing that does nothing to address the important issues the current iteration of Twitter is facing, like how to police hate speech

2/2 If Twitter fully realized its role as the platform of choice for the president, news orgs and activists, it would ask itself: Do we provide the tools to help disseminate/elevate important info? Then we might see updates/terms that are useful.

Hate it

Kara Swisher, Executive Editor

Good. God. Donald. Trump. Gets. 280. Characters #wearedoomed #SAD.

Edmund Lee, Managing Editor

You don’t need 280. There’s always another tweet coming. Shorter is better.

Eric Johnson, Producer, Recode Radio

The current character limit is Twitter’s best feature. It’s perfect for jokes and forces people to write a bit more carefully. 280 is too ma

Teddy Schleifer, Senior Editor, Finance and Influence

Twitter forces people to be punchy. No BS, no hedging, no vacuous social graces. More characters means less candor and more obfuscation.

Meghann Farnsworth, Engagement Editor

PLEASE DON’T DO THIS, TWITTER. MAKE LINKS NOT COUNT AGAINST A WORD COUNT RATHER THAN GIVING IN TO PEOPLE WHO CANNOT EDIT THEMSELVES. PLEASE.

Rani Molla, Data Editor

A tweet is a little bit of poetry — a haiku but in 140 characters. The length makes you get to the point. I don’t have time to read your book.

Tony Romm, Senior Editor, Policy and Politics

I hate everything, including this. But at least I can analyze tech policy & complain about dating now in a single tweet. Also tip @techmeme.


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Experts Weigh in On the First Human Head Transplant Surgeon: “I Just Don’t Think He’s Done the Science”

Real-Life Frankenstein

To Sergio Canavero, “Frankenstein” is scientific inspiration.

The Italian neurosurgeon told Business Insider that Mary Shelley’s classic novel convinced him that he could complete theworld’s first full-body transplant. Canavero claims he’ll complete the procedure on a human next fall in China.

Not only did the book reveal a missing piece in his plan to swap the heads of two humans, Canavero said, it also provided the justification for the dangerous procedure.

Just as the fictional Doctor Victor Frankenstein discovered how to give life to inanimate matter, Canavero aims to cheat death. The surgeon envisions a future in which healthy people could opt for full-body transplants as a way to live longer, eventually even putting their heads on clone bodies.

“I’m into life extension,” he told Business Insider on a recent Skype call. “Life extension and breaching the wall between life and death.”

In fact, Canavero said that in doing the procedure he wants to “create a near death experience — actually a full death experience — and see what comes next.”

HEAVEN

As Canavero explained it, the full-body transplant will involve going into the spinal cord of someone with a spinal injury and cutting out the injured segments of the cord. The donor’s cord would be cut to perfectly replace the missing portion in the injured person, and then the two healthy stumps would be fused together. Canavero plans to attach the cords using polyethylene glycol (PEG), a common laboratory tool used to encourage cells to fuse. Canavero simply refers to it as “glue.”

He said he will soon complete this transplant procedure with two humans — a Chinese national who remains anonymous and a brain-dead organ donor. The head of the former will be attached to the body of the latter.

The full procedure is called HEAVEN, short for head anastomosis venture.

Canavero said that he’d been studying the concept of this full-body transplant for more than a decade before he picked up Shelley’s book. After reading it, he said he realized his planned procedure lacked a critical component: electricity.

The surgeon has not elaborated on the role electricity will play in the operation, however James FitzGerald, a consulting neurosurgeon at the University of Oxford, told Business Insider that PEG is can be paired with “large pulses of electricity” to coax fibers into merging. Still, FitzGerald maintains that Canavero’s plans to use it to fuse two spinal cords are unrealistic.

“It’s just too much of a jump,” FitzGerald said.

Canavero doesn’t think so.

“Electricity has the power to speed up regrowth,” he said. “Bing bang bong you have the solution” to spinal cord fusion.

Canavero isn’t pursuing this unprecedented medical feat to cure people with life-threatening injuries, despite the fact that spinal cord injuries affect 12,000 Americans every year. Instead, he wants the operation to serve as a way to explore his own ideas about life, death, and human consciousness (though he says “it would be a waste” not to help injured patients as well).

“I’m not religious but I don’t believe consciousness can be created in the brain. The brain is a filter,” he said, adding that the word anastomosis combines the Greek roots “ana,” meaning to place upon, and “stoma,” or mouth.

“Like a kiss,” he said.

‘I just don’t think he’s done the science’

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Canavero’s evidence that the procedure will work rests on a handful of animal experiments that many experts say were nowhere near satisfactory.

In the first of these experiments, Canavero claimed to have severed then reconnected the spinal cord of a dog. Less than a year later, he published a paper detailing how he created a series of two-headed rodents. In June 2017, the surgeon said he severed the spinal cords of a group of mice and then reattached them using polyethylene glycol.

Canavero says these trials are proof that he and his team figured out what’s often considered the holy grail of spinal cord research: fusion.

“We have so much data that confirms this in mice, rats, and soon you will see the dogs,” he said.

However, many experts don’t buy his claims, citing a lack of evidence. And it’s important to keep in mind that the fate of the Chinese man who will be involved in the first procedure hangs in the balance.

“I simply don’t think the reports of joining spinal cords together are credible,” James FitzGerald, a consulting neurosurgeon at the University of Oxford, told Business Insider.

Robert Brownstone, a professor of neurosurgery and the Brain Research Trust Chair of Neurosurgery at the University College London, agreed.

“Many great scientific ideas are born out of crazy ideas that turned out to be right so we can’t completely turn a blind eye to this, but there has to be some mechanistic aspect to it, which I’m not seeing,” Brownstone said.

Others, including University of Cambridge neurosurgery professor John Pickard, suggested the journal in which Canavero’s studies were published was also a red flag.

“I just don’t think he’s done the science,” Pickard said.

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