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The Ins and Outs of Brain-to-Brain Communication

Can you imagine a world in which we can think thoughts at each other? No talking, no texting, typing, or hand-waving. You just think something to someone, then they experience that thought. The world would be a very different place. But it appears we might one day see it. The pieces required for brain-to-brain communication are already…

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Computers are Going to Steal Your Face

It’s getting harder and harder to believe what’s in front of your eyes. A new app called FaceApp can artificially add a smile to your selfie. It can also make you old, young, or convert you to the opposite sex. It’s pretty good too. More realistic than the pixies and aliens you find on Snapchat. But it’s all…

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In the Future, Your Car Will Have Morals and May Want to Kill You

Chimpanzees and newborn children show a sense of morality. Infants, for instance, after having been given a small puppet show with a trio of characters, will display a desire to reach for the good puppet more so than a neutral or bad puppet. As we get older our sense of morality is further shaped and refined by the…

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Will the Future be Filled with Biased Robots?

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” In 2016, Microsoft gifted to the world a chat bot named Tay. She was designed to mimic the language of a 19 year old American girl while also learning from her conversations on Twitter. As an algorithm designed to learn,…

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Are We Destined to Fall in Love with Androids?

Sex between species is relatively rare, but it does happen. Seals have forced themselves on penguins out of sexual frustration; dolphins have taken to cetaceans to assert dominance; zebras and horses have birthed zorses; and dogs occasionally get too friendly with our legs. Even ancestral humans strayed enough to mix our genes with that of the…

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The Bicameral Mind and Our Constant Inner Monologue

If you’re not already familiar with the HBO series Westworld, I highly recommend checking it out. The new series is created by Johnathan Nolan and Lisa Joy but is based on a 1973 film by Michael Crichton. It stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, and is set in a Western-themed amusement park called…

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