Degrees of Freedom

November 20, 2018

A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body

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Looking to the future has always defined humanity. Will AI become the best crystal ball of all?

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For all the enthusiastic media coverage they get, brain-computer interfaces are neither routine nor even widely available more than a decade after the first prototypes

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Expert chess players run the gamut of feelings when solving chess problems, according to a study with significant implications for machine intelligence

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Prolonged social isolation can do severe, long-lasting damage to the brain

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New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine

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Anyone who came of age in the 1990s remembers the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends up with a black ink dot because she couldn’t take the pain

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That people would generally prefer to minimize casualties in a hypothetical autonomous car crash has been found to be true in past research, but what happens when people are presented with more complex scenarios?

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