Do you mean that if one would like to go to such a bootcamp but thinks they won't be able to get visa in time, they should apply now to get invited to a future cohort?
Apply now -- there's a question at the end asking if you're interested in future cohorts. And you can say in the final textbox that you're not available for Round 1.
You could imagine an experimental designs where you train worms to accomplish a particular task (i.e. learn which scent means food. If indeed they use scent. I don't know.) You then upload both trained and untrained worms. If trained uploads perform better from the get-go than untrained ones, it's some evidence it's the same worm. To make it more granular there's a lot of learning tasks from behavioural neuroscience you could adapt.
You could also do single neuron studies: train the worm on some task, find a neuron that seems to correspond to a particular abstraction. Upload worm; check that the neuron still corresponds to the abstraction.
Or ablation studies: you selectively impair certain neurons in the live trained worm, uploaded worm, and control worms, in a way that causes the same behaviour change only in the target individual.
Or you can get causal evidence via optogenetics.
Jaan/Holden convo link is broken :(
Following up: as a result of this thread, radvac will likely get a $100k donation (from a donor who was not considering them before). This does not fill their funding needs however, and they're looking to raise another $300k this year.
For any interested funders, PM me and I can share detailed call notes.
I'll pay $425 for this answer, will PM you for payment details.
I'll pay $50 for this answer, will message you for payment details.
I'll pay at least $75 for this comment. If nothing else, alerting me to RaDVaC's funding gap is clearly worth that much. I think it offered some interesting considerations beyond that. E.g. the search term polyethylene glycol seems useful, though I haven't looked into it much at all and definitely don't have strong models of that domain.
(I also think the fact that this comment bundled together a lot of different arguments and considerations caused the karma to take a downward hit.)
I'll pay at least $150 $100 for this, might increase later. And yes, it will go to John if he accepts it.
Thanks for signal-boosting, I had missed this. I'll pay at least $300 for it. (The fact that it already had been written 12 days ago seems like a point in its favour!)
Do you know which, if any, risk-reducing precautions they were following?