True from False Junior

In this week’s True of False junior program, 3rd graders at Nicolas Flamel College, in Pontoise in the Oise, are wondering about Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, which is far from it. They also question the electronic chips embedded in the brain for remote control of computers and the reality of artificial uteri that would be created in China.

To answer their questions, we asked Olivier Lascar, journalist and editor-in-chief of the digital division Science et Avenir. It is published on June 9 The investigation of Elon Musk, a man who defies science (Alisio Sciences).

Are you waiting for Elon Musk to take over Twitter?

Aimé Jean wonders if it is true that Elon Musk decided “stop downloading twitter and why?

Olivier Lascar confirms that Elon Musk has decided to make the takeover of Twitter subject to certain new conditions. “Concerned, explains the journalist, the number of fake Twitter accounts is estimated at 5% of social networks, while Elon Musk estimates that there would be up to 20%. ” Olivier Lascar explains that the multibillionaire demands that Twitter leaders ” they put their data on the table to confirm the percentage of fake accounts on the platform, except that Twitter is not currently doing so and Elon Musk has therefore decided to freeze the operation.

However, Olivier Lascar specifies that “this does not mean that Elon Musk will not buy Twitter because all this could very easily be his maneuver to, for example, lower the value of Twitter on the stock market and thus buy the social network at a lower price.

Is Elon Musk developing a brain chip to control computer thought?

Rougario wonders if that’s true “that Elon Musk develops a chip built into the brain to control thought objects“?

“It’s true,” Olivier Lascar replies. “Elon Musk is developing a brain chip, that is, a very small device, the size of a coin and which will be placed in the brain to create a kind of interface between our thoughts and computers, machines and why not objects.

He does this through Neuralink. The first tests were performed on animals. In the videos we see for example “a monkey who mentally controls certain elements of a video game thanks to an electronic chip built into his brain“, explains Olivier Lascar. A specialist journalist specifies that”The philosophy of these chips is to later allow things to be driven by thought, such as objects such as wheelchairs, which could be very useful for people with disabilities“.

However, before you get there, Neuralink is also in your heartœur certain controversy regarding experiments conducted on animals. Olivier Lascar explains “that some monkeys, which were the subject of experiments, died in terrible suffering, which was revealed by the Association of Physicians in the United States. “

Has China created an artificial uterus?

Alexander heard it was China “he would make an artificial uterus” and wonders if that is true.

Olivier Lascar suits him “we can’t say that, but what’s true is that the Chinese media recently reported on an artificial intelligence program that could automatically adjust various factors (oxygen levels, sugar levels, blood pressure) that affect the small organism that grows inside it. what may be called an artificial uterus.

Olivier Lascar explains that this is indeed a topic “What scientists are currently working on: building devices that are artificial uteri, or places where conditions are reproduced that are comparable to those in the mother’s womb, with fluid reminiscent of amniotic fluid in which we find nutrients necessary for fetal development.

Finally, Olivier Lascar recalls that this scientific research raises certain ethical questions: “Do we have the right to do that? Aren’t we going a little too far? “ And he specifies “that in science there is always the question of the red line, the one that should not be crossed and in these subjects we can ask ourselves are we not going a little too far?

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