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Downsizing the Hype

I am somewhat in love with Matt Damon so of course I went to see Downsizing in theaters as soon…

Recommendation AI’s Understanding of Social Media

Chinese media commentator Kecheng Fang gave the talk “More Information, Less Diversity: The Problems with Digital Media and How Can…

Gene Drive and the New Canvas

In this Ted-Talk, Jennifer Kahn introduces to the audience two genetic developments. The first one is the CRISPR, a genetic…

Some Thoughts on Ex Machina: Imitation Games?

These are three notable principles for robots according to Asimov.     1.   A robot may not injure a…

Way of the Future

“We believe that intelligence is not rooted in biology. While biology has evolved one type of intelligence, there is nothing…

Is agency of AI an illusion?

In this post, I would like to continue the discussion in class about how the lessons from history remind us…

Hypotheses non fingo

Neil Degrasse Tyson, modern celebrity scientist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, published an essay in the…

Gene Editing: New Age Frankenstein?

In February of 2016, the HFEA, or the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, allowed the Francis Crick Institute to start…

The Disenchantment and Enchantment in the History of Toys

A lot of childhood memory struck me when I read about the bankruptcy of Toys R Us and its complete…

“Not magic, science”

  Dr. Sun Qiang from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently visited NYU Shanghai and…

Philosophy of Technology at NYU Shanghai, a course by Anna Greenspan and Brad Weslake.