Molly Webster appears in the following:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Now that it's possible to program unmanned combat vehicles to make decisions about where (and who) to strike in war situations, new questions of ethics have risen: In which situations can we allow robots to make their own decisions? Can we program robots to follow the Geneva Conventions? There is a more basic question, too: Do we even want robot soldiers?
"The question of under what circumstances is it ethical to fire a lethal weapon — whether it's possible to build that capacity into a robot."
— Cornelia Dean on the ethics of programming robots for war
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Just looking at a picture of nature was relaxing enough to actually produce some cognitive benefits." -- Jonah Lehrer
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Dead bats in caves all over New England share one common trait: unusually white, fuzzy noses. A new study points to a fungus as the culprit.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The largest children's study ever undertaken in the United States kicks off in 2009. Researchers plan on tracking 100,000 kids from the womb to the age when they can legally crack open a beer. Scientists hope 21 years worth of hair, urine and environmental samples will reveal why the incidence of childhood disease is on the rise.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
How many times have you heard the phrase, “Life’s not fair?” And yet, we haven’t let it stop us from trying to make everyone equal. We right wrongs, punish evil-doers, stop injustice. But what explains our urge to retaliate or our need to stick it to Wall Street for the subprime mess? It turns out it’s all in our genes, baby. New York Times science reporter Benedict Carey talks about the evolution behind retaliation, and our primal urge to make the world a little fairer.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Down in the Galapagos, a long extinct sea turtle may be resurrected from the dead. An international team of researchers has found that a living breed of tortoise carries some of the same genes as an extinct type of turtle. Now, scientists are hatching a plan to bring the extinct Darwinian tortoise back to life.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
India has become the first country to convict a person of a crime based on a brain scan. This past summer, a woman was given a life sentence for murder after prosecutors strapped her to memory-scanning electrodes and ran a test called Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature, or BEOS. Could this be coming to America anytime soon?