Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children.
Suggestions that the attacks in Paris last Friday were helped by easy access to encryption technology are not based in evidence.
A roundup of some of the most interesting stories about mobile technology from other sites, collected by Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for mobile.
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The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv this week.
A mechanical engineer has decided to stand up for bras that stay up using space-age materials science.
Microexpressions reveal your deepest emotions, even when you are trying to hide them. Now a machine vision algorithm has learned to spot them, with wide-ranging applications from law enforcement to psychological analysis.
A new kit called Amino promises home-brew bioengineering for less than the price of a MacBook.
Biologists have long puzzled over why neurons have thousands of synapses. Now neuroscientists have shown they are crucial not just for recognizing patterns but for learning the sequence in which they appear.
A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.