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Are robots persons, too, now?

Science | Ethicists debate who is responsible when technology goes awry
by Julie Borg
Posted 4/19/18, 02:46 pm

In the recent past, governments have granted personhood to rivers and other natural resources. Now, the legislative body of the European Union proposes granting personhood status to so-called smart robots that have the capacity to learn through experience, act autonomously through sensors, and adapt their behavior and actions to the environment. More than 150 experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries signed an open letter opposing such legislation.

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The polar bears are all right

Science | The mascots of global warming thrive despite dire predictions
by Julie Borg
Posted 3/15/18, 03:10 pm

Environmental alarmists have depicted polar bears as sick and starving victims of global warming, but a new, comprehensive report by one of the world’s leading polar bear experts found just the opposite.

An in-depth analysis by Susan Crockford with the Global Warming Policy Foundation says polar bears are thriving. Surveys indicated polar bear populations were higher than ever since an international treaty in 1973 enacted protections for them.

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Unique in the universe

Science | How our solar system evidences the design of a creator
by Julie Borg
Posted 1/25/18, 04:08 pm

A new study in The Astronomical Journal, shows our solar system may be one of a kind in the universe. And the very properties that make our planetary arrangement unique are also the elements that make Earth habitable, Jay Richards, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Privileged Planet, told me.

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