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The original question, “Can machines think?” I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion. Nevertheless I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.
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This is incredibly hard to comprehend, but is sure to prove to be a groundbreaking discovery….
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The first human to conceive of the immense computing potential of machinery was the Londoner Charles Babbage (1792-1871). A character who could almost have stepped out of the pages of the Pickwick Papers, Babbage was most famous during his lifetime for his vigorous campaign to rid London of “street nuisances”—organ grinders above all.
The University of Minnesota released a final draft of plans to tighten up protections for those taking part in its human testing trials.
The U suspended enrollment in trials in March, after two scathing studies into its Department of Psychiatry highlighted serious issues with the way it… 511 more words
A bioethics professor at the University of Minnesota has written a New York Times column hugely critical of the U’s crisis-hit psychiatry department, saying college leaders are more interested in ‘covering up’ ethical breaches than dealing with them. 745 more words