Ethical Robots and Deleting Memories - Four Ways Science Met Science Fiction
Science found new ways to make us feel like we're living in a real-life sci-fi movie last week, but not all of the stories were necessarily advancements. Exploits in space were brought into a war of words between our planet's two most powerful nations last week, when the Russian government announced sanctions over US use of Russian-made launch technologies. For now though, there is at least one part of our solar system that Russians and Americans are getting along; Astronauts from both countries will continue to travel the International Space Station together and conduct joint operations on the $100 billion outpost.
Back here on Earth, scientists have figured out a way to delete memories from mice. So who knows, maybe one day you'll be able to erase some of your most painful memories from your mind. You know, like that time you got picked last in gym class or when the love of your life put you firmly in the friendzone...
(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Focus Features)
Last week also saw a significant advancement in the field of Artificial Intelligence. In a move to address issues similar to those raised by the likes of Stephen Hawking and a plethora of sci-fi writers, scientists are starting to call for the creation of new, ethical drones. Maybe a little like this guy?