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I must confess that, over the past year, I’ve taken immersing myself in the movies at the core of The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future rather seriously — perhaps too seriously! Of course, I’ve watched the movies many, many times. But I’ve also been submersed in their soundtracks; often in the hope of getting inspiration ...

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2020 Science by Andrew Maynard - 1w ago

In 2004, the academic and medical doctor Anjan Chatterjee wrote a review of what he termed “Cosmetic Neurology”.[1] He was far from the first person to write about the emergence and ethics of cognitive enhancers, but the piece caught my attention because of the unusualness of its title.

Chatterjee’s title has its roots in cosmetic surgery, an area fraught with medical angst as surgeons weigh up the pros and cons of desirable but physiologically unnecessary surgical interventions. Through the article, Chatterjee grapples with similar challenges as he weighs up the benefits and downsides of treatments that don’t cure disease, but extend abilities.

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This is an excerpt from the current draft of The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future chapter on the movie Minority Report. Much of the chapter focuses on attempts to use science and technology to predict criminal behavior, and the deeply questionable ethics this quickly gets us into. This section sets the scene before getting into ...

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Not everyone aspires to getting a PhD. But for those who do, pursuing one should be the pinnacle of their educational experience. Yet for many graduate students, studying for their doctoral degree turns into nightmare that continues to haunt them long after they’ve left university. And the reason is surprisingly simple; as a PhD student, ...

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As The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future book comes together over the next few weeks, I thought it would be interesting to post excerpts from the early drafts. These will change during editing — drastically so in some cases I suspect. But they might pique your interest, and give you a sense of the flavor ...

The post Th Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future: Beginnings appeared first on 2020 SCIENCE.

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In case you missed it, Elon Musk called BS on the field of nanotechnology last week. The ensuing Twitter spat was admittedly rather small on the grand scale of things. But it did throw up an important question: just what is nanotech, and where does the BS end and the science begin? I have a ...

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The big news is that I’ve just signed a book deal with the publisher Mango! The working title for the book is The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future (although I suspect that’ll change), and it’s going to be a roller coaster ride through emerging technologies, societal risks and benefits, responsible innovation, the fourth industrial revolution, ...

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Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University; Jameson Wetmore, Arizona State University, and Thaddeus R. Miller, Arizona State University On Sunday evening, March 18, an Uber SUV hit and killed a pedestrian in the Arizona city of Tempe. In a place where vehicle-related pedestrian fatalities are unfortunately a regular occurrence, this shouldn’t have stood out as particularly ...

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Graphene is something of a celebrity in the world of nanoscale materials. Isolated in 2004 by Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, these ultrathin sheets of carbon atoms are already finding novel uses in areas like electronics, high-efficiency heating systems, water purification technologies and even golf balls. According to recent research published in ...

The post Eager to dye your hair with ‘nontoxic’ graphene nanoparticles? Not so fast! appeared first on 2020 SCIENCE.

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To unpack some of the challenges around the risks and benefits Artificial Intelligence, Risk Bites has a 5 minute introduction to ten potential risks of AI we should probably be thinking about now

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