The poet John Berryman once wrote, “My mother told me as a boy (repeatingly) ‘Ever to confess you’re bored means you have no inner resources.’ I conclude now I have no inner resources, because I am heavy bored.”

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Barbara Lipska: In the first days of 2015, I was sitting at my desk when something freakish happened. I extended my arm to turn on the computer, and to my astonishment realized that my right hand disappeared when I moved it to the right lower quadrant of the keyboard

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Mosaic’s Frieda Klotz visited the ‘world’s first cyborg fair’ with one question: are cyborgs a real thing, or are these people just kidding themselves?

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It may not strike everyone as the loftiest ambition: creating machines that are smarter than people. Not setting the bar terribly high, is it? So the more cynical might say. All the same, an array of scientists and futurists are convinced that the advent of devices with superhuman intelligence looms in the not-distant future. The prospect fills some of our planet’s brainiest specimens with dread

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The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers

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Bioethics Seminar (Video): Oxford philosophy and bioethics professor Julian Savulescu discusses terrorism, global poverty and climate change as issues that could potentially benefit from human moral enhancement.

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Our brains are biased by past rewards. Johns Hopkins study shows how dopamine influences what we pay attention to, even if we don’t realize it. The human brain is wired to pay attention to previously pleasing things—a finding that could help explain why it’s hard to break bad habits or stick to New Year’s resolutions

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Neil Levy: “…details vary from place to place and time to culture but punishment has been a human universal, because it has been in our evolutionary interests. However, those evolutionary impulses are crude guides to how we should deal with offenders in contemporary society.”

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