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From the Human Brain to the Global Brain

From the Human Brain to the Global Brain

When we consider the matter of brain function augmentation, we take it for granted that the issue refers to the human brain as a distinct organ. However, as we live in a complex technological society, it is now becoming clear that the issue is much more complicated. Individual brains cannot simply be considered in isolation, and their function is no longer localized or contained within the cranium, as we now know tha...

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Video Friday: Bina 48 and Martine Rothblatt on Bloomberg Business

Video Friday: Bina 48 and Martine Rothblatt on Bloomberg Business

Martine Rothblatt, the highest paid female CEO in the U.S., founded and runs a biopharmaceutical company, United Therapeutics. She took home $38 million dollars in 2013. Now she's leading the way in artificial intelligence. Bloomberg's Olivia Sterns sat down with Dr. Rothblatt and her latest invention -- a robot.

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Cognitive Abstraction Manifolds

Cognitive Abstraction Manifolds

few days ago I started thinking about abstractions whilst reading Surfaces and Essences, a recent book by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. I suspect efforts like Surfaces and Essences, which traverse vast and twisted terrains across cognitive science, are probably underrated as scientific contributions. But first, let me briefly introduce the idea-triggering tome. Surfaces and Essences focuses on the role of a...

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People Like Us: How Our Brains View Others

People Like Us: How Our Brains View Others

At the most fundamental level of biology, we recognize the innate advantage of defining differences in species. But even within species, is there something in our neural circuits that leads us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who may differ?

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Aging Brains Aren’t Necessarily Declining Brains

Aging Brains Aren’t Necessarily Declining Brains

For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer memory and greater distractibility. Physical measures of brain structure also showed atrophy, or loss of volume, in many regions with age.

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