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Early Intervention

Early Intervention

We currently have no therapeutic interventions that can prevent or reverse the intellectual disability or brain pathology found in individuals with Down syndrome, which affects about 400,000 people in the United States alone. However, we may be getting closer. Some researchers are …Continue reading

Child’s Play

Computers should stop trying to act like grown-ups. Everyone knows the Turing test. But almost no one remembers Alan Turing’s statement that to achieve true intelligence, you should design a machine that was like a child. He said the real secret to …Continue reading

Internet The Web as a Right

What we’ve been calling the World Wide Web for the last few decades isn’t actually worldwide. Four billion people, more than half the world’s population, remain disconnected. No e-mail, no Wikipedia. Six years ago I started a nonprofit called A Human Right …Continue reading

Open Letter on the Digital Economy

We are in the early stages of an era of great technological change. Digital innovations are remaking our industries, economy, and society just as steam, electricity, and internal combustion did before them. Like their predecessors, computers and their kin are engines of …Continue reading

The Treatment Gap

There are several truths about mental disorders. The first is that they are associated with higher levels of disability than nearly all other medical disorders. Unlike most forms of heart disease and cancer, mental disorders often begin before age 30 and interrupt …Continue reading

How Do People Get New Ideas?

Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is essentially the same in all its branches and varieties, so that the evolution of a new art form, a new gadget, a new scientific principle, all involve common factors. We are most interested …Continue reading

The Coal Conundrum

No matter what, India’s use of coal will ­skyrocket in the next two decades. India accounts for about 6 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions. It’s not in the same league as China, the United States, or the European Union, but that could …Continue reading

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage. Standard features on many ordinary cars include intelligent cruise control, parallel parking programs, and even automatic overtaking—features that allow you to sit back, albeit a little uneasily, and let a …Continue reading

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