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Granting rights and personhood to apes
Personhood Beyond the Human Conference - Dec 6-7 2013 at Yale
Google vs Death - Google’s ‘Calico’ an Anti-Aging Initiative
Countering Objections to Mind Uploading
Designer psychologies: Moving beyond neurotypicality - Humanity+ @Parsons 2011
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Extinction Level Event
Covering the Future Beat: Managing Futureshock when Writing for a Mass Audience
Journalism, Human Enhancement & The Singularity
Engineering human evolution
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When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights? by George Dvorsky

Films and TV shows like Blade Runner, Humans, and Westworld, where highly advanced robots have no rights, trouble our conscience. They show us that our behaviors are not just harmful to robots—they also demean and diminish us as a species. We like to think we’re better than the characters on the screen, and that when the time comes, we’ll do the right thing, and treat our intelligent machines with a little more dignity and respect.

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Would You Feel Safer If Your Self-Driving Car Could Explain Itself? by George Dvorsky

With each passing breakthrough in artificial intelligence, we’re asking our machines to make increasingly complex and weighty decisions. Trouble is, AIs are starting to act beyond our levels of comprehension. In high frequency stock trading, for example, this had led to so-called flash crashes, in which algorithms make lightning-quick decisions for reasons we can’t quite grasp. In an effort to bridge the growing gap between man and machine, the Pentagon is launching a new program to create machines that can explain their actions in a way...

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How to Survive the Next Catastrophic Pandemic by George Dvorsky

Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when a global scale pandemic will wipe out millions of people. And we are grossly unprepared for the next major outbreak. But in the event of a devastating pandemic—whether it be triggered by a mutated strain of an existing virus or a bioengineered terror weapon—there are some practical things you can do, both before and during the outbreak, to increase your odds of survival.

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Monkeys Learn to Pass a Classic Test For Self-Awareness by George Dvorsky

The ability to look into a mirror and recognize oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test,” suggesting that more species may be self-aware than previously thought. It’s a fascinating result, but one that shows how far we are from being able to accurately gauge consciousness in another animal.

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Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Is Total Nightmare Fuel by George Dvorsky

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), placing the Georgia Congressman in an extremely powerful position as far as the nation’s health is concerned. Given his dubious track record, this appointment is of serious concern.

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George Dvorsky
Freaky Expanding Pill Stays in Your Gut for Days to Deliver Drugs by George Dvorsky

The problem with pills is that you have to take them on a regular basis. An innovative new pop-up capsule solves this problem by staying in the stomach for days, where it slowly releases medication over the course of an entire treatment.

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George Dvorsky
How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids by George Dvorsky

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down.

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George Dvorsky
Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Woman to Spell Out Messages With Her Mind by George Dvorsky

Researchers in the Netherlands have successfully tested a brain implant that allows a patient with late-stage Lou Gehrig’s disease to spell messages at the rate of two letters per minute.

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This USB Stick Performs an HIV Test by George Dvorsky

Scientists in the UK have developed a USB stick that can quickly and accurately measure the amount of HIV is in a patient’s blood.

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Disturbing Images Show the Extent of Delhi’s Extreme Pollution Emergency by George Dvorsky

Delhi, the capital city of India and home to 25 million residents, is in the midst of an “extreme pollution event.” In other words the city has been overrun with smog—tons of it. Recent photographs show the extent of the problem, which is being blamed on everything from vehicle emissions and crop burning through to smoking and fireworks.