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The Ethics of Taking Control of Human Evolution

As science and technology progress, it’s becoming ever clearer that soon we’ll have the ability to make some drastic changes to the human body, should we want to. And why wouldn’t we? To create disease-immune people, increase our intelligence, to end aging and eventually populate different planets—each of these require altering our makeup. but altering our […]

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Can We Build AI Without Losing Control Over It?

The fear over intelligent machines taking over and killing us all has been around for some time now. The Terminators glowing eye and the smoldering ruins of a once thriving city remain imprinted in our minds. Just how warranted are these fears? And perhaps more importantly, what are we doing about them? Sam Harris, author […]

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Surviving the Future and the Role of Science Fiction

Change is not constant. It is increasing. Through technological innovation and scientific discovery, we are populating a planet that becomes less and less recognizable each day. This will likely have many benefits—for instance, the possibility of immortality and augmented abilities—but also many potential pitfalls. In Future Shock, Alvin Toffler details the uncertainty brought forth through these […]

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The Construction of Awareness and Modeling of Minds

Is there a substantial difference between your ability to recognize someone else awareness and point of focus and that of our own attention? While it is clear we have greater insight into our own behavior, desires and thoughts, Michael Graziano suspects that the cognitive machinery remains the same. In Consciousness and the Social Brain, Graziano […]

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Mind Control: From Thought to Robotic Limbs and Beyond

We’re still in the early stages of understanding just how the brain works. That being said, we know enough to start considering all the possibilities regarding merging it with technology—including that of mind control. In The Brain Electric, Malcolm Gay talks about the current drive among many intelligent scientists and wealthy entrepreneurs towards merging mind […]

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Cooked

Needless to say the human race has transcended beyond most other creatures to ever roam the earth. Our modern technological and scientific innovations, when compared to the slow process of evolution, are racing ahead. But what set all of this off? There are many things people look at that separate humans from everything else, but […]

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Immortality Through Silicon

From the outside the difference between the biology of our brain and the technology in a computer couldn’t be more dramatic. One has living cells and neurotransmitters, neurons and blood vessels, the other has wires and circuit boards. Despite this, the principles that govern how they work are close enough that many believe they can crossover—that […]

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Our Data Is Revealing Who We Are

We know from our own experience that people’s impressions of us can sometimes be rather inaccurate. And while that doesn’t stop us from making snap judgments and relying on first impressions in regard to others, it does point to the difficulty in trying to read and understand who someone is. As good as we think we […]

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From Stardust to Consciousness and Free Will

We are made from the same debris that sprung forth from the big bang and formed the stars we look up to at night. The particles that make up you or I are hardly different to those which make up a comet in some distant galaxy of which we’ve yet to even see. “If the […]

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Altered Realities: When Biology Meets Art

William Myers released BioArt: Altered Realities in 2015. A teacher, curator, and writer based in Amsterdam, Myers book features the merging of biology and art in often surprising and uniquely creative formats. The goal of the book, Myers states, is to profile “contemporary art that demonstrates how advances in the life sciences and their application as biotechnology […]

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