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Why AI doctors could signal the arrival of superintelligent robots

What would alert us that superintelligence is indeed around the corner? We might call such harbingers canaries in the coal ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the coronavirus fuels hopes of treatments — and conspiracy theories

Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized ...
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Vision implant skips the eyes and goes directly to the brain of blind people

[Bernardeta] Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented ...
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Can artificial intelligence diagnose diseases? Promising apps in development but kinks remain

An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI. The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow ...
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Rethinking the brain’s reward system—and what creates human intelligence

In a paper published in Nature ... DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI subsidiary, has once again used lessons from reinforcement learning to ...
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Modern love or eugenics? Genetics pioneer George Church’s dating app matches DNA to ‘wipe out’ inherited disease

George Church made a passing comment about a genetic dating app his lab was developing that he said could wipe ...
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Excerpts from unpublished paper reveal ‘damning’ details suggesting controversial CRISPR babies’ experiment went awry

Titled “Birth of Twins After Genome Editing for HIV Resistance,” and 4,699 words long, the still unpublished paper was authored ...
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‘It raises all kind of questions about eugenics’: Startup offering to screen embryos to help parents pick best babies

Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called ...
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These gene-edited pigs could eliminate shortage of human organ transplants

It’s what’s inside this animal that matters. Her body has been made a little less pig-like, with four genetic modifications ...
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Why the genetic database GEDmatch represents a ‘security risk’ for the US

A private DNA ancestry database that’s been used by police to catch criminals is a security risk from which a ...
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The frightening thing about military AI: It may be too easily fooled, ‘turned against it owners’

Last March, Chinese researchers announced an ingenious and potentially devastating attack against one of America’s most prized technological assets—a Tesla ...
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‘A new kind of super-warrior’: US military pursuing mind controlled drones

Surgery is expensive, and surgery to create a new kind of super-warrior is ethically complicated. A mind-reading device that requires ...
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Battling insomnia with a host of high-tech hacks. Do they work?

In the US alone, [there’s] 82 million people who struggle with sleep. Given those figures, it’s no wonder there are ...
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Paralyzed man walks, using exoskeleton suit controlled by brain implants

The news: A paralyzed man has walked again thanks to a brain-controlled exoskeleton suit. Within the safety of a lab setting, ...
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Will the future of CRISPR babies be decided by Russian president Vladimir Putin?

The future of genetically modified babies may lie in the hands of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg reported over the weekend ...
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Asia is pulling ahead in the AI race – but are ethics being prioritized?

Globally, future outlooks for artificial intelligence (AI) swing between two extremes—excited anticipation about the positive impact AI will have on ...
Can we trust self-regulation? As artificial embryos creep closer to the real thing, when do we hit pause?

Can we trust self-regulation? As artificial embryos creep closer to the real thing, when do we hit pause?

[R]esearchers at the University of Michigan are reporting that they’ve learned to efficiently manufacture realistic models of human embryos from stem cells ...
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How CRISPR could help eradicate chronic pain

The street performer was only 10 years old. He put knives through his arms and walked on hot embers. By ...
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An argument for why no one should live past 75

[Physician Ezekiel] Emanuel vowed to refuse not only heroic medical interventions once he turned 75, but also antibiotics and vaccinations ...
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Inside the transhumanist quest for ‘super-longevity’

Transhumanism is a patchwork of beliefs about how technology will enhance the human condition, maybe radically so. There are Extropians ...
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If we classified aging as a disease, would it change the way we treat it?

What would change if we classified aging itself as the disease?  David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, is ...
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Improving artificial intelligence by teaching our machines to reason

Deep learning, the category of AI algorithms that kick-started the field’s most recent revolution, has made immense strides in giving ...
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What we know about Elon Musk’s ‘dramatic’ plan to link human brains to computers through implants

[July 16], fans and haters of Elon Musk turned out by the thousands to watch an internet live-stream of the ...
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Will China tell the world about its third controversial CRISPR baby?

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros ...
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Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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CRISPR babies with ‘protective’ HIV mutation could have shorter life span

When the Chinese scientist He Jiankui created the first gene-edited children, he dreamed of improving the world. He believed the ...
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