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Our Robotic Children: The Ethics of Creating Intelligent Life - MIT Technology Review

Two children are drowning: your son and a stranger. Who would you save first? Your son, right? What if one of the children was a thinking, feeling …

The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?<p>I. Omens<p>Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a <i>Times</i> best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. Titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, …

Singularity

Brain Surgeon—or Brain Addled?

Ben Carson speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)The test of a …

Brain scans suggest schizophrenia is not one disease

Different abnormalities in brain anatomy match certain symptoms of schizophrenia—and not others.<p>Researchers say the discovery, based on MRI scans of …

Neuroscience

Scientists Successfully Create Brain-to-Brain Link

Imagine a future where you could transmit a unique feeling, a hard-to-translate thought process, or precise motor movements via a neural pattern from …

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

A tumor stole every memory I had. This is what happened when it all came back

My brain tumor introduced itself to me on a grainy MRI, in the summer of 2009, when I was 28 years old.<p>It had been with me from the day I was born. Tumors like mine develop in utero. They are usually discovered in children, but no one could tell me why mine had only been found once I was an adult. …

Mind

New, Alternative CRISPR Enzyme Could Make Genetic Edits More Precise

The first alternative of what will likely be many to come<p>The CRISPR genetic editing technique targets a series of repeated DNA sequences found in the genetic code of all sorts of organisms, from bacteria to humans. Special enzymes can find these repeated phrases and snip the DNA strands there; the …

Intelligent people's brains wired differently to those with fewer intellectual abilities, says study

The brains of high-achieving individuals are wired up differently to those of people with fewer intellectual or social abilities according to one of …

Would you let someone zap your brain? Why 'electronic brain stimulation' is trending

Focused thinking, better memory, deeper sleep, relief from depression, reduced stress: There is, if you believe what you read on the Internet, virtually no end to the benefits of electronic stimulation for the mind and brain. In particular, a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation …

The Brain

Proof That the Human Body is a Holographic Projection of Consciousness

In this article we will explore how your body is a holographic projection of your consciousness, and how you directly influence that hologram and …

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most …

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Almost every NFL player who donated his brain to science had brain disease

A whopping 87 out of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science have tested for positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease that causes memory loss, dementia, and depression. The study, based on information from the largest brain bank in the …

The Brain

A Beautiful Mind: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But …