A new technology that goes by the ungainly name of CRISPR-Cas9 could change the human genome for generations. Here’s why its inventor is trying to press pause.

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Ok, not exactly. But the possibility has been floated by some scientists investigating neurogenesis, the idea that new neurons are generated in the human brain throughout life. Daniel Reisel explores the impact this new understanding might have on things like our criminal justice system in a new book, “Rewiring Our Reality.”


Think parents should be able to select their children’s talents and personalities? Or want to run and hide in the woods at the thought of it? Whatever your opinion, it is precisely the kind of question that Julian Savulescu wants you to take seriously.


P.W. Singer directs the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He shares thoughts on drones and the future of war.

A BQM-74E aerial drone launches from the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) during a live-fire exercise in 2011. (Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class, Stuart Phillips/US Navy.)

Drones have a lot of people (and entire countries) hot under the collar. Here’s what you need to know about this type of warfare.

In his TED talk, “The kill decision shouldn’t belong to a robot,” Daniel Suarez described the rise of drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools. Here, he goes further, laying out what he says is no less than a coming “automation revolution.”