How Well Can Bionic Eyes See?

August 7, 2015. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the University of Washington have created simulations of what blind people actually see when their retinas are electrically stimulated by bionic implants. See also: images and videos published in Fellows of the Royal...

From Star Wars to Real Life: New Prosthesis Transforms Lives

April 19, 2016. Read article in MIT Technology Review. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DEKA arm is radically transforming the nature of upper body prostheses. Its sophisticated electrical and battery systems enable wearers to perform such delicate tasks as picking up a grape and tie shoelaces, while also providing sufficient power to use tools such as a hand drill. As prosthetic technology becomes increasingly advanced, these artificial limbs could surpass the functionality of natural...

Plan to Fabricate a Genome Raises Questions on Designer Humans

June 2, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A group of scientists have proposed a research plan to fabricate the human genome, but their proposal does not tackle any of the looming ethical difficulties of such an endeavor. However, one of the main authors of the proposal has made his viewpoint clear in a book published in 2012: George Church of Harvard, author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, believes that this technology can and should allow mankind to further evolve itself and the rest of nature with it, according to scientific...

How to Robot-Proof Your Children’s Careers

April 6, 2016: Read article in Financial Times. As artificial intelligence technology replaces many jobs currently performed by human workers and revolutionizes the global economy, careers involving emotional intelligence and creativity are likely to remain human, at least for the next several...

How to Be Good: Why You Can’t Teach Human Values to Artificial Intelligence

April 2016: Read article in Slate. Artificially intelligent machines will soon be in situations where they have to make values-based decisions. For example, if a self-driving car must make a choice between protecting its passengers or pedestrians, the programmers of the self-driving vehicle must give it a definite answer. The question is not whether machines can be made to obey human values but which humans ought to decide those values. Ultimately, what gives Western, well-off, white male cisgender scientists the right to determine how the machine encodes and develops human...