Today’s New York TImes Magazine has a big article about Dr. Alexander Shulgin, who invented more than 100 hallucinogens and was, in all likelihood, the first person to try Ecstasy (MDMA) in humans. Shulgin is a really good guy, he’s previously been a consultant for the DEA, and he’s got a wicked-cool lab in California that I’ve visited on multiple occasions. Even if you’re not interested by psychedelic drugs, you should read this article — because Ecstasy is increasingly being put into trials as a possible cure for PTSD and other psychological disorders.
Geoffrey Hinton tells us why he’s now scared of the tech he helped build
“I have suddenly switched my views on whether these things are going to be more intelligent than us.”
Deep learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has quit Google
Hinton will be speaking at EmTech Digital on Wednesday.
Video: Geoffrey Hinton talks about the “existential threat” of AI
Watch Hinton speak with Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI, at EmTech Digital.
Doctors have performed brain surgery on a fetus in one of the first operations of its kind
A baby girl who developed a life-threatening brain condition was successfully treated before she was born—and is now a healthy seven-week-old.
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