Hey everybody, welcome to another edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that gives you the lowdown on all the latest in the tech world. Alright, check this out: Vertex has just developed a CRISPR cure and they’re already on the lookout for something even better.
So, the deal is, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has gotten the green light to sell the first gene-editing treatment for sickle-cell disease. But get this, they’re not stopping there. They’ve got a 50-person team working on a pill that doesn’t even do gene editing, but accomplishes the same treatment goals. This just goes to show that even though we’re in the CRISPR era, there are still some limitations.
Alright, up next, OpenAI is doing some big things. They’ve got a superalignment team that’s focused on preventing a superintelligence from going rogue. It’s wild to think about this stuff, but they’re really diving deep into this whole concept of machines potentially outsmarting humans.
Then, Google DeepMind used a large language model to solve an unsolvable math problem. That’s right, they cracked a famous unsolved problem in pure mathematics. It’s pretty mind-blowing when you think about how a language model was able to do that.
Ok, so here’s the deal with covid vaccines: researchers are working on making some that you can breathe into your lungs or spray into your nose. They’re thinking that this could help boost immunity in the airways, which is something that current vaccines don’t necessarily do. Can you imagine a vaccine that you just breathe in? That’s some crazy stuff, man.
Anyway, that’s the latest and greatest in the tech world. Stay tuned for more mind-blowing updates. Peace!