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Discussion Category: Science & Technology
Discussion Category: Science & Technology
Could Artificial Intelligence ever become a reality? Can machines ever really become programmed to think and feel? What are your veiws and ideas on this topic and how far do you think and do you think the advances in this field of technology are capable of going?
Do you feel that the Internet has benefited society and promoted its evolution positive direction? Or has it had a negative effect of alienating us from each other? Does the internet provide too much information that is harmful? What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet and do you think it is our future?
"The recent furore over GM crops – trials for which are still going ahead in the UK – is only the tip of the genetics iceberg. Other recent news stories include the case of the Nash family, who used cells from their baby Adam to help cure their daughter Molly of Fanconi’s anaemia; the news that cloning might help to prevent extinction in endangered species; and the news that the mapping of the human genome has now been completed. The issues involved in each of these are profound and complex. The companies funding genetic research state that their aims are the eradication of famine and disease – the improvement of the human lot, in short. Critics argue that companies’ motives are more profit-led, and that genetic engineering will lead to ever greater commercial exploitation of natural resources, as well as having a potentially disastrous knock-on effect in environmental terms. Similarly, proponents of ‘designer baby’ technology argue that it allows greater freedom of choice and can stop inherited disease, while opponents argue that it is eugenics by another name, and might lead to a ‘Gattaca’-style two-tiered society. What’s your opinion?"
"What dooyoo think about vivisection? Do we have the right to experiment on animals? And if so, for what purposes – anything from cosmetics and shampoos to soaps or only pharmaceutical testing? Does animal testing actually work? Let us have your thoughts here."
The drive for E-Businesses to make money and to market themselves more effectively has often lead to ethical concerns and dubious practices. Popup adverts annoyed many, the insidious 'pop-under' adverts have caused furore, and as for spyware - the hidden applications that watch where you go and what you download and then report it all back to the manufacturers for 'market research' purposes...The latest evolution looks to be capable of actually destroying many web sites - Hijackware, which places adverts from the software over the adverts on a site, robbing the site creators of revenue and taking away all control over who gets advertised to their customers. These programs are in wide-spread usage among the internet users. Spyware resides in all kinds of useful programs, from download managers to automated form-fillers. There have already been 7 million downloads of the latest and greatest menace to web sites: Ezula's KaZaa software. 7 Million downloads of KaZaA so far! and 4th place on C|Net Download.com. That's a pretty serious amount of people who, every time they visit their favourite sites, are blocked from supporting those sites by the virus-like hidden applications that come with KaZaA, and come with Surf+, and come with Gator... How far will companies go to make money without working for it? Can the laws as they stand prevent Hijackware from pushing already struggling popular dot-coms into bankruptcy? Or is this whole matter just a case of greedy webmasters making a fuss over software companies with innovative new revenue models?
Scientists tell us that an asteroid striking the earth with the force of
millions of simultaneously exploding atomic bombs was responsible for the
extinction of the dinosaurs sixty million years ago and that similar strikes
have been responsible for other mass extinctions. If it happened to the
dinosaurs, it could happen to us, couldn't it? Does that worry you? If it does, what do
you think we should do about it?
Are we actually descended from the apes? With a recent new report from the distinguished French scientist Dr. Dominique Tassot, President of a French Institute of over 700 scientists contesting Darwin's Theory of Evolution, casts serious doubts on the veracity of Darwin's conclusion that we are decended from the apes. We want to know your views and knowledge on this contual debate.
Did we really land on the moon in 1969? In fact did any Apollo missions touch the moons surface?
Is the evidence infallible?
Life originating outside of the Earth
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