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The myth of human consciousness and accidental AI

Intuition is a wonderful thing. But being self-aware is really over rated. Most animals apparently manage very well without a consciousness. So does it matter so much that we can blush? As for choice, such things might be nothing more than an intricate illusion…

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Personal Science & Physics

DNA hardwired into the universe

The most fundamental question we as a species could possibly collectively ask is: why? Gifted as we are with the power to reason, we now stand on the threshold of a new understanding of not just life, but of the fundamental purpose of the universe itself — life might be the very reason the universe exists at all…

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Innovation Science & Physics Society & Culture Technology

From dreamers to destroyers

Archimedes, da Vinci, Oppenheimer, von Braun. All great thinkers and inventors. All dreamers. But what else did they all have in common? Something very dark, but at the time, all very necessary…

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Science & Physics

Serious Science: the search for immortality

Immortality. To live indefinitely. A dream for some, while a kind of hell for others. Death is a biological mechanism. And what do we know about biological mechanisms? They can, occasionally, surprise us in ways we couldn’t have imagined — not in a million years…

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Business Environment Innovation Science & Physics Society & Culture Technology

Democratizing the future of energy

The production and distribution of energy is about to change for ever. Why? Because in the coming years, we will be the ones producing and distributing the energy. And for those utilities companies who’ve sat at the very heart of the energy infrastructure for so long, they will struggle to survive…