DoD officials offer conflicting hints on killer robot policy

It's been a busy year in the world of robotics and the politics surrounding it, the latest development coming in the form of potentially conflicting comments from two Pentagon officials hinting at what the future of an international killer robot ban -- or lack thereof -- might look like. Not only has the job-killing potential … Continue reading DoD officials offer conflicting hints on killer robot policy

Un-Monsanto to harness CRISPR to make un-GMOs

Biotech behemoth Monsanto was recently in the news for its merger with German pharmaceutical giant Bayer - a $66 billion deal which is reportedly the biggest yet this year and, if it goes through, may mean the end of the controversial Monsanto brand name. But if that massive merger is newsworthy, and it most certainly … Continue reading Un-Monsanto to harness CRISPR to make un-GMOs

Synthesizing Genomes and Weaponizing Gene Editing

Last month, a closed-door meeting at Harvard Medical School about synthesizing human DNA drew criticism for its secrecy. The 150 or so attendees at the meeting were told not to talk to the media, although a┬áconference organizer said there was a misunderstanding about the reasons for this injunction. Still, it is understandable that┬áthe public is … Continue reading Synthesizing Genomes and Weaponizing Gene Editing