‘Injecting information’ to control the minds of monkeys

A new study from two neuroscientists at Rochester University is the subject of a New York Times article this week, which describes their apparently successful efforts to "'inject' information into monkeys' brains." To study the premotor cortex, doctors Kevin Mazurek and Marc Schieber "trained two rhesus monkeys to play a game," the Times reports: The … Continue reading ‘Injecting information’ to control the minds of monkeys

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

Judge issues ‘unprecedented’ order for CIA officials to testify in torture case

In a move described as "unprecedented" by a Justice Department attorney, four current and former Central Intelligence Agency employees, including two top officials, will be called to testify in a civil case against former CIA psychologist contractors who were involved in the Agency's infamous torture program, a federal judge ruled this week. CIA personnel who … Continue reading Judge issues ‘unprecedented’ order for CIA officials to testify in torture case

New military tech board includes billionaires, ex-covert ops boss, anti-conspiracy theorist

  Back in March, the Pentagon announced a new public-private partnership to form a "Defense Innovation Advisory Board" chaired by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, parent company of Google, with other board members to be selected jointly by Schmidt and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. This week, a list of additional board members was released … Continue reading New military tech board includes billionaires, ex-covert ops boss, anti-conspiracy theorist

Soviet-era LSD Research Revealed Amidst Ongoing Studies

  After decades of scientists being unable to study hallucinogens like LSD, not only is promising research underway once again in the US, but more details of past related research appear to be coming to light. D-lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or acid, was once considered one of the most promising drugs in … Continue reading Soviet-era LSD Research Revealed Amidst Ongoing Studies