The 21st century is the century of the brain according to scientists and researchers from 135 institutions around the globe who have launched the Human Brain Project this week. Their goal is to develop a deep understanding of the human brain to achieve a number of important breakthrou
Despite Michael Crichton’s “Next,” a sci-fi novel in which he described a world in which a company could own the genetic information of an individual, I never doubted for a moment that the future he described would not be one upheld by the American Supreme Court. In
It was a longer hiatus than anticipated but I’m back to provide you with the headlines that caught my eye over the last two weeks. They are: Should We Be Cloning Extinct Animals – A Mammoth’s Tale; Fracking Fluid – Colorado Governor’s Latest Cockta
A company in Canada, D-Wave Systems, is making some of the big industry players sit up and take notice. Back in November of last year I wrote about D-Wave’s Vesuvius 512-qubit processor and how early adopters were purchasing the technology to do complex problem solving. One of
Synthetic Genetic Polymers Capable of Heredity and Evolution is the title of a journal article appearing in the April 2012 issue of Science. The researchers reported the findings of a project in which they created synthetic DNA, called XNA. The X stands for “Xeno,” a term
By mapping the human genome in its entirety we are entering a new biomedical world using computational biology. To understand the complexity associated with this new world we need to understand DNA. DNA – Deoxyribonucleic Acid Since the mid-19th century we have known that withi
Humanity is closer today to immortality than it has ever been. We have surpassed Darwinian survival of the fittest to reach a new stage in evolution, creating humans reshaped by advances in biology combined with technology. In the 21st century one of our human challenges will be ̵
Is the dehumanizing of our species our fate in the 21st century? Will humans become hybrids combining the machines they create with themselves? When will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? What are the implications of our pursuit in creating intelligent machines?