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A CRISPR in your Future

A CRISPR in your Future

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Last year, they figured out how to insert and delete genes. This year there are methods for repressing and perhaps promoting genes (epigenetically, without modifying the genome) using CRISPR-derived technology.

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The Sensorium: A Multimodal Neurofeedback Environment

The Sensorium: A Multimodal Neurofeedback Environment

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Sensorium is a neurofeedback environment that allows people to experience signals from their non-perceptible body processes visually and auditorily. Various (neuro-)physiological rhythms and frequencies are projected simultaneously as soundscapes and “lightscapes” into the environment. A wireless physiological amplifier device se...

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Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

Cognitive Enhancement and the Future of Work

This theoretical paper draws the scientific community’s attention to how pharmacological cognitive enhancement may impact on society and law. Namely, if safe, reliable, and effective techniques to enhance mental performance are eventually developed, then this may under some circumstances impose new duties onto people in high-responsibility professions—e.g., surgeons or pilots—to use such substance...

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Artificial Wombs and The Individualistic Society

Artificial Wombs and The Individualistic Society

It is an abiding characteristic of transhumanists to be simultaneously in admiration for the human body, impressed with what evolution achieved, while also considering the body as very much work in progress that needs fixing.

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Video Friday: Barbara Webb on Insect Robots

Video Friday: Barbara Webb on Insect Robots

Today's VIdeo Friday features Barbara Webb from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, talks about using robots to model biological systems, including human and insect brains, and her cricket-robot experiments.

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Late Night Musings on the Origin of Life

Late Night Musings on the Origin of Life

The conventional view of the origin of life is that some combination of simple-enough chemicals was able to catalyze the synthesis of the same chemicals, and that was enough to begin a process of evolution that became more efficient as it became more intricate. One problem with this idea is that no such self-reproducing combination of chemicals is known, or has ever been synthesized or engineered...

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Our Amazing Future

Our Amazing Future

While teaching courses in the computer science department at the University of Texas at Austin, I came to believe that 21st century technology—especially nanotechnology, genetics, artificial intelligence and robotics—will transform reality.

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Video Friday: Planet of the Clones

Video Friday: Planet of the Clones

Human cloning is anathema to most of us conjuring up Metropolis visions of identical humans serving tyrannical masters. But might this be a mistaken horror story? Could human cloning instead lead to medical breakthroughs and the end to infertility?

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