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Should we fear advances in AI?

Whether it’s Skynet or HAL9000, we have a creeping worry about rogue AI, and for good reason. Science fiction has arguably paved the way for much scientific progress by imagining […]

Embryo Screening – Do We Deserve to Know the Future?   

  DNA is mostly locked up safely inside our cells, where it is used as an instruction manual to make every conceivable part of the human body. Cells are dying […]

‘Smart’ Drugs – What do they really do?

Statistics vary wildly with regard to the extent of their use, but no doubt anybody in academia will hear about the use of attention-improving drugs such as modafinil and ritalin. […]

Autonomous cars – the road to the future? [2/2]

The sci-fi dream of being driven everywhere by a robot seems now closer than ever. Whilst it won’t exactly be Johnny Cab, Arnie nearly getting run down by an autonomous […]

The ethics of medical data records – is sharing, caring? [2/2]

It is perhaps not the most common knowledge that the NHS’ records are used for research. But I would personally make the argument that this is not necessarily a bad […]

Consciousness and Perception – Are We Aware? [2/2]

Consciousness is perhaps one of the most bizarre phenomena evolution has produced. Not only are billions of cells capable of banding together and walking about, but they are even capable […]

Have Advancements in Technology and Science Actually Made Us Happier? – [2/2]

Research into the psychological effects of social media is, as one would expect, a new and developing field. EPJ Data Science is one journal dealing with this and publishing research […]

What is the Human Soul? – The Dangers of Unsound Science [2/2]

In 1907, American physician Duncan MacDougall claimed to have weighed the human soul by placing dying people on a set of industrial measuring scales. He claimed that a half to […]

Hole-Heart Boy

into a library of toxins enter the hole-heart boy   on a guanine dice-roll or a meiotic card-shuffle or god’s fingers poking a womb   “don’t we have it lucky?” […]