August 10, 2016: Listen to podcast on PBS News Hour. New robotics technologies could one day enable devices like your smart phone to read your mood, giving us new levels of insight into human emotions.
February 2016: Watch video on Ted.com. Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and […]
June 3, 2016: Read article in Japan Times. In a recent conference, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that “artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant ‘neural laces’ in their brains to keep up…It brings up the question, are we human anymore if we are […]
In this episode of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, we explore the very real possibility of sex robots and potential challenges of that new era of human sexuality, including: human identity, avoiding the uncanny valley, logistics, liability for injury, avoiding hacking, etc.
February 12, 2016: Read article in The Daily Mail. As robotics and artificial intelligence progresses towards ever more lifelike humanoid robots, friendships and even romantic relationships could become possible between humans and robots. What consequences does this change pose for our definitions of friendship, love, and marriage?
January 27, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to […]
December 19, 2015: Read article in STAT News. STAT News interviewed experts about whether aging should be viewed as a disease, the extent to which it’s treatable — and whether doing so can help people live longer.
January 6, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Despite criticism, some researchers are attempting to grow human organs for transplant in animal embryos, an ethical grey area which, while potentially extremely beneficial for individuals needing organ transplants, could blur the line between species by adding human cells to animal embryos.
December 18, 2015: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. The first ever bioenhanced Olympics, known as the Cybathlon, will take place in Zurich in October 2016. Athletes will use advanced technologies to compensate for disabilities like paralysis and limb amputation, raising issues of identity, competition, and the future of sports as technologies of this kind become increasingly […]