Kimberly Van Orman

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Unnatural Selection? Study Finds Robots Evolve Too

Can robots live and learn by the laws of evolution?<p>That's what one research team in Switzerland wanted to answer. So they created a scenario in which robots with simple "neurons" were overseen by a computer playing the role of nature by randomly picking traits or behaviors that would survive or die.<p>…

A Neuroscientist Uncovers A Dark Secret

<i>First in a three-part series</i><p>The criminal brain has always held a fascination for James Fallon. For nearly 20 years, the neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine has studied the brains of psychopaths. He studies the biological basis for behavior, and one of his specialties is to try to …

The Big Bang Theory - The Problem With Teleportation

Hierarchy of Robot Needs

Why autism can't be diagnosed with brain scans

The BBC, the Guardian and Reuters this week widely reported British researchers published in the Journal of Neuroscience have developed a brain scan which can detect autism in adults with 90% accuracy.<p>Dr Christine Ecker, the lead author, showed her imaging technique was able to detect which people …

A piece of their mind

Conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista may see through each other’s eyes and even share unspoken thoughts<p>The odds of their conception were astronomical; …

Excerpt: 'You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know'

<b>You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know</b><br>By Heather Sellers<br>Hardcover, 368 pages<br>Riverhead Hardcover<br>List Price: $25.95<br>Read An Excerpt<p>What if you came downstairs in the morning and there was a stranger in the kitchen making you breakfast? What if unfamiliar kids reached out to you at the supermarket? Or you …

Sentient Gardens

Not much to say about this comic other than it’s part of a batch of bureaucracy I have queued up. I like bureaucracy, I feel like something is …

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Seeing Ourselves Through The Study of Apes

Next week I’m going to the Great Ape Trust of Iowa to spend the day with my great friend Sue Savage-Rumbaugh and her group of seven bonobo chimpanzees. I’ll be narrating my experiences in upcoming blog posts.<p>Sue and her long-time collaborator Duane Rumbaugh piloted and immersed themselves in a …

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine

by W. Daniel Hillis for Physics Today<p>Reprinted with permission from Phys. Today 42(2), 78 (1989). Copyright 1989, American Institute of Physics.<p>Photo …

Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind

Psychology and neuroscience professor Jack Gallant displays videos and brain images used in his research. Video produced by Roxanne Makasdjian, Media …

A Robot That You Can Train to Do Almost Anything

We're still a fair ways off from having domestic robots that can fold our laundry, or empty the dishwasher. Part of the problem, aside from the …

True Stories of Trauma and Madness—and Why Portrait Sitters Tend to Face Left [Excerpt]

<i>Excerpted from</i> The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery, <i>by</i> …

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Zombie roaches and other parasite tales

In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites -- animals and …

Intelligent robot that 'remembers and learns' could be scrapped after escaping a lab for a second time

A robot capable of thinking for itself is set to be scrapped after it escaped from a high-tech lab for a second time.<p>The Promobot IR77 has been …

Does each click of attention cost a bit of ourselves? – Tom Chatfield

How many other things are you doing right now while you’re reading this piece? Are you also checking your email, glancing at your Twitter feed, and …

Why Machines Discriminate—and How to Fix Them

IRA FLATOW: This is Science Friday. I’m Ira Flatow.<p>Let’s say you apply for a new job. Would you rather have your resume judged by a person or an …

Artificial Intelligence

Possible Architectures of Group Minds: Memory

by Eric Schwitzgebel and Rotem HerrmannSuppose you have 200 bodies. "You"? Well, maybe not exactly <i>you!</i> Some hypothetical science fictional group …

Artificial Intelligence Has a ‘Sea of Dudes’ Problem

Earlier this month, Bill Gates took the stage at the Recode conference to talk about philanthropy with his wife, Melinda. They discussed mobile …

Videos for Today's AI & Moral Status Class

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of <i>Sunspring</i>, a short science fiction film that's not entirely what it seems. It's about three people …

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