DeepMind boss admits 'risks' of AI

Artificial intelligence offers huge scientific benefits but also brings risks depending on how it is used, Demis Hassabis, the head of leading British AI firm DeepMind, said Friday.

How should we decide what to do?

Most of us are faced with ethical decisions on a regular basis. Some are relatively minor – perhaps your cousin makes a new recipe and it really doesn't taste good, and you have to decide whether to tell the truth or a ...

No designer babies, but summit calls for cautious research

A tool to edit human genes is nowhere near ready to use for pregnancy—but altering early embryos as part of careful laboratory research should be allowed as scientists and society continue to grapple with the ethical questions ...

Scientist: I'm NOT seeking a mom for a Neanderthal

A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is NOT looking for a woman to bear a Neanderthal baby. Not even an adventurous one.

Why moderate beliefs rarely prevail

(Phys.org)—We live in a world of extremes, where being fervently for or against an issue often becomes the dominant social ideology – until an opposing belief that is equally extreme emerges to challenge the first one, ...

Billionaires need a giving philosophy

From world hunger to global warming and the arts, there are numerous causes that individuals, foundations and NGOs choose to support. And even in an economy that has been slow to recover, billionaires are continuing to pledge ...

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