Who owns your thoughts? And other important questions raised by technology.
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New and imagined digital technologies have important ethical implications. We should devise relevant social norms through a high-profile, public, collaborative process.
Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human?
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Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
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The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Theranos founder and CEO Elizathbeth Holmes arrives at the WSJDLive in October 2015.
Theranos has had medical laboratory experts scratching their heads for some time. What the company was promising just didn't make a lot of sense.
An x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis).
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
Ted Cruz and his backpfeifengesicht?
Even if you don't have a word for it, you can make one up.
Marco Rubio in Exeter, New Hampshire.
For 100 years, retail politics has ruled the New Hampshire primary. We may be seeing a new dynamic emerge in 2016.
Million Mask March in London November 2015.
Why did a hacktivist collective like Anonymous repurpose the image of Guy Fawkes for its ubiquitous masks? A scholar looks at how a 17th-century English villain became the face of resistance.
What constitutes liberal arts?
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It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
Dance is about creating work in a collaborative way.
Liberal arts institutions teach students critical thinking skills. But rarely do they learn how to collaborate.
Brains are physical organs, but also the seat of something essential about us.
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New technologies bring questions that have belonged to the abstract realm of philosophers into concrete focus. Why do medical interventions in the brain feel different than those elsewhere in the body?
Obama and Pope Francis at the White House, September 23 2015.
A pope will address the US Congress for the first time this week, but Catholicism and American politics have long been intermingled.
Launching a space balloon in Sweden.
Geomagnetic storms can interact with particles near Earth, causing issues for satellites and other tech. Researchers send balloons 20 miles into the sky to figure out just what's going on up there.
Anti-American in 2009.
The nuclear deal may be signed, but the history of the Islamic regime shows they will continue to rely on external conflicts to consolidate power.
When the sun flares, space weather is on its way to Earth.
Our power grid infrastructure on Earth is more vulnerable to space weather than previously thought – with susceptibility in more regions and even during quiet geomagnetic periods.
A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, February 2 2015.
Was the Ebola vaccine 100% effective, or 100% lucky? The good money is on a percentage somewhere in between, but in truth, we will never know.
After World War II, Dr Seuss dedicated himself to creating art that would speak to a sense of fairness and justice that he believed only children possessed.
What Pet Should I Get? stays true to Dr Seuss' dedication to themes of universal appeal, and his deep aversion to prejudice.
Lance Loud in a 1973 PBS publicity photo for An American Family.
Outright homophobia has mostly moved from the mainstream of public discourse to its margins. For this, we can thank pioneers like Lance Loud of An American Family.
There are limits to what tests can predict.
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Even if we could develop a test or a screening process to find a pilot who would intentionally crash a plane, and that system was very, very good, virtually all positives would be false positives.
Laying wreaths in front of the Freedom Wall in Washington on V-E Day 2015.
On Memorial Day, reflecting on the meaning of the 'liberation' of Europe 70 years on.