Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hemlock

The girl approached Malcolm and taking his hand in hers intoned in a soft musical voice “Darkling I listen; and for many a time I have been half in love with easeful death, called him soft names in many a … Continue reading

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New Software Enables Reading of Minds

Scientists at the University of Maastricht have developed a technology which enables those in a persistive vegetative state to communicate at a basic level. At present the technology allows individuals in a vegetative state to communicate using three letter words. … Continue reading

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Is it me or a Chatbot?

On 17 June 2012 The Guardian carried an article regarding an annual competition in which computer programmers seek to convince a panel of judges that they  (the judges) are conversing with a human when, in fact the entity with wich … Continue reading

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Anyway for mind uploading?

Today’s issue (26 June) of the kurzweilai.net newsletter has a piece on mind uploading together with links to further interesting papers on the subject. Mind uploading is the concept of transfering consciousness from the human brain to some other medium, … Continue reading

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Abolishing the oldest profession

On 22 June The Guardian reported that France’s new Minister for Women wishes to organise a conference to consider ways of outlawing prostitution in Europe. A cross party group of French MPs has argued that paying for sex should be … Continue reading

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The Right to Die

An editorial in today’s Observer argues that UK law should be changed to permit those who wish to end their own life but are unable to do so due to severe disability or health conditions, to be assisted to die … Continue reading

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Down Among the Brixton Gangs

Yesterday’s Daily Mail (23 June) carries an article entitled “A Middle Class Mother Among the Hoodies” in which Harriet Sergeant describes her attempts to understand and reform one particular South London (Brixton-based gang. Sergeant portrays young men with very little … Continue reading

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