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On the 21st February 2017, IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher participated in a British Academy debate on the topic ‘Are we ready for robot relationships?’. The debate took place at DeMonfort University, Leicester UK. It featured contributions from Luke Dormehl, Margaret Boden, Kathleen Richardson, Nicole Dewandre and myself.
What’s so great about astronomy? Where does Professor Alex Filippenko begin. This branch of science is important for two salient reasons: it captures the attention of children who then grow up to become scientists across all disciplines, and even the most abstract, impractical research eventually leads to spinoff technology that radically changes our lives, as Filippenko explains.
If an object has a battery in it or a plug at the end of it, it won’t be long before that item is intelligent – although Kevin Kelly, the founder editor of WIRED, questions whether intelligence is really the word we want to be using.
Despite library shelves sagging under the weight of neurology books, what we know about the brain so far is unfledged. MIT professor Edward Boyden explains how research teams are using expansion microscopy to map the densely packed neurons so we can understand how the brain is wired and apply that to human therapies.
Nearly 500,000 people die every year from malaria – an awful amount, but one that has come down from one million deaths per year. Philip Eckhoff, Senior Director of Research at the Institute for Disease Modeling, explains what is involved in total global eradication of malaria and how interdisciplinary collaboration is the key to out-thinking and out-maneuvering this disease.
We are what we are because of genes; we are who we are because of memes. Philosopher Daniel Dennett muses on an idea put forward by Richard Dawkins in 1976
Po-Shen Loh is a Princeton-educated mathematician, Carnegie Mellon professor, the head coach of the U.S. International Math Olympiad team, and now he’s adding start-up entrepreneur to his knock-out resume.
Can’t the U.S. be a little more like Scandinavia in its ethos? Fixing inequality in America will take more than economic reform, it will also need a cultural shift. From a human rights and decency standard, everybody in a society should be able to meet their basic needs, says economist and Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs – but he questions whether a popular proposal known as Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the way to achieve a better standard of living in the U.S.