Philosophy

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Philosophy and Ethics in an Age of Robots

Ethical Machines?

With the development of smart autonomous machines, maybe even machines that demonstrate a general intelligent and self-aware, there is a need to discuss ethics. This department is tracking the philosophical and ethical side of the second machine age.

Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology and bioengineering

Human genome editing, 3D-printed replacement organs and artificial photosynthesis – the field of bioengineering offers great promise for tackling the major challenges that face our society. But as a new article out today highlights, these developments provide both opportunities and risks in the short and long term. Rapid developments in the field of synthetic biology and its associated tools and methods, including more widely available gene editing techniques, have substantially increased our capabilities for bioengineering.

What Is the Computational Power of the Universe?

Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult even for a planet-sized computer to solve? National Institute of Standards and Technology physicist Stephen Jordan asks, “What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion-year computation?” After all, computers crunch numbers to simulate complex change and the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature.

Preservation For The (Digital) Ages

Digital archivists from TACC collaborate with classicists from The University of Texas at Austin to improve database preservation methods. When Deborah Beck was preparing her book, Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic, her publisher suggested she make the database she had started in 2008 — a searchable catalogue of features from every speech in the Homeric poems — available to the public as a web application and companion resource.

Quantum Machine Learning

An international team of scientists presents a thorough review in Nature on quantum machine learning, its current status and future prospects. Language acquisition in young children is apparently connected with their ability to detect patterns.

Technology and children: A parent’s survival guide

Technology has changed the way children develop and interact with others, and while it seems to change every day, many parents are forced to keep up or get left behind. Jessica Mirman, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology in the University of...

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