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Charles Babbage on Intellectual and Manual Skill

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 4:04 PM

With last year marking the one-hundredth year of Alan Turing's birth, I thought it would be an appropriate time to think about the historical relationship between mechanical and intellectual skill. In 1950 Turing rather famously posed the question of whether or not machines could think. Over a century earlier, Charles...

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Gene Patents

(13) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:53 PM

When one thinks of patents, one generally thinks of mechanical contraptions, the products of a creative genius, such as Thomas Edison. Rarely does one think of human genes. Alas, since 1982 the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on human genes. As of 2005 nearly 20 percent...

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