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31.10.2020


Anticipatory reads by GESDA


Consciousness in the making. Getting to the point when some kind of consciousness is “created” in an organism (be it biological or made out of silicon), is one of the most daunting perspectives for scientists working in AI and neuroscience: researches around lab-grown brain organoids described in Nature this week bring us just there (see below). It is baffling because various sociological, moral, ethical if not existential questions immediately pop out, as discussed for example about possible forthcoming conscious robots (see below).

But there is a caveat, as Nature puts it: “Neuroscientists have no agreed way to define and measure consciousness. Without a working definition, ethicists worry that it will be impossible to stop an experiment before it crosses a line.”

--Olivier Dessibourg

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Can lab-grown brains become conscious? A handful of experiments are raising questions about whether clumps of cells and disembodied brains could be sentient, and how scientists would know if they were.

Nature (EN)

If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn It off? The moral implications of building true AIs.

Singularity Hub (EN)

The next generation of artificial intelligence. Progress in the field in the last decade has been breathtaking and relentless.

Forbes (EN)

Map the magnificently complicated brain. Artificial intelligence and improved microscopy make it feasible to map the nervous system at ever-higher resolution.

Nature (EN)

A new way to plug a human brain into a computer: via veins. Electrodes threaded through the blood vessels that feed the brain let people control gadgets with their minds.

WIRED (EN)

Strategic vision for improving human health at the forefront of genomics. The National Human Genome Research Institute releases a prediction report.

Nature (EN)

AI opens new avenues for smart cities. Municipalities turn to artificial intelligence to understand what is happening in their town.

Science|Business (EN)

Method can upcycle plastic into useful molecules. An efficient, low-energy method can upcycle polyethylene plastic waste.
Futurity and Science

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