Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

                    It’s 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, but I have a fresh pot of coffee beside me, and I’m ready for class to begin. Class, in this case, is being conducted through my computer. I’m enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) through FutureLearn, and for the past three weeks, my Philosophy of Technology and Design class has studied the challenges (and opportunities) between humans and our emerging silicon cousins (robots, automated transportation, and other things as yet uninvented). Our…

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NIH scientists try to crack the brain’s memory codes

NIH scientists try to crack the brain’s memory codes

In a pair of studies, scientists at the National Institutes of Health explored how the human brain stores and retrieves memories. One study suggests that the brain etches each memory into unique firing patterns of individual neurons. Meanwhile, the second study suggests that the brain replays memories faster than they are stored.The studies were led by Kareem Zaghloul, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon-researcher at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Persons with drug resistant epilepsy in protocols studying surgical resection of their seizure focus at the NIH’s…

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