Tag Archives: science

Goodbye to sex?

Yesterday’s Daily Mail has an interesting piece by A N Wilson about the future of genetics and humanity. Wilson reviews a book “Like a Virgin” by a geneticist at Imperial College London in which the author argues that the future … Continue reading

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If it quacks like a duck then it is a duck – well maybe

On 29 June 2012 The Wall Street Journal carried edited extracts of an interview with the inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. Kurzweil postulates that by about 2029 machines will have achieved human level consciousness and the emotional understanding which goes … Continue reading

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Computer Generated Music Deemed Good Enough to Play by Top Musicians

The first music composed by computer considered good enough for top-class musicians to play is to be performed to mark the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/01/iamus-computer-composes-classical-music).

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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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Diagnosing Aspergers

Today’s Daily Mail has an interesting piece on Aspergers, a variety of Autism. The article describes how Sandra discovered that her husband, Jo has Asperger’s which helped to explain the sudden rages which he was prone to during the early … Continue reading

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