Delta Variant is Coming and I’m not Concerned.

If you look at the cases of the Delta variant of Covid coming out of the UK it looks alarming and it appears we’re getting ready to get another wave of Covid to shut down the world. But not so fast.

Let’s take a look at the hospitalization and the death rate.

Hospitalizations are clearly ticking up but clearly not with the velocity of the infection rate.

Death rate although lagging appears to be the same.

Pretty flat given what the first and second waves did to the UK.

One of two things are happening. Either A, the delta variant is not as deadly. Or B, the vaccinations are working.

But what about the kids? Kids or people under 20 haven’t really been impacted by Covid. Deaths aren’t a perfect summary of this. But they do give you an idea of the impact. You can extrapolate the hospitalizations based on these figures.

I would be concerned if I was elderly, had pre-existing conditions, or wasn’t vaccinated. Meaning I would still wear a mask and social distance. But outside of those parameters, this new variant does not appear to be nearly as deadly as the first for people who are vaccinated.

Are we living in a simulation?

I was reading this article today from the Wall Street Journal – Brain Implant Lets Man ‘Speak’ After Being Silent for More Than a Decade(Original article from the New England Journal of Medecine). It begs the question, are we living in a simulation?

It may be a good time to watch the movie, The Matrix. Perhaps it wasn’t so far-fetched after all.

Here is a brief overview of the concept of the technology.

This means we’ll be able to communicate with each other without ever speaking or hearing. The concept is amazing if you take a second to think about it. Computers are interpreting our senses. They are reading the signals from this man’s brain, pushing those through a deep neural network, and decoding those signals into sentences.

  • Imagine tasting without ever putting anything in your mouth.
  • Imagine smelling without ever sniffing.
  • Imagine seeing without ever opening your eyes.
  • Imagine talking without opening your mouth.
  • Imagine hearing but there is no noise.

Once this technology emerges there is no reason why the matrix could/does not exist. In fact, it makes it difficult to argue that you may potentially be living in a simulation currently. Keep an eye on Elon Musk’s Neuralink.