The Future of Cancer

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Danny Hillis, founder of Thinking Machines and Applied Minds, sees a different way to think about cancer. In a 2010 TED talk, Hillis said that the way we currently think about cancer isn’t very useful: We’re treating cancer almost like it’s an infectious disease. We’re treating it as if it’s something that got inside of you that we have to …

The Future of the Turing Test

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A couple of years ago, PopSci’s show Future Of featured a piece of software called Cleverbot. The ultimate goal of the technology is to be able to pass the Turing Test; interacting so seamlessly with human beings that it is indistinguishable from talking with an actual person. Such capabilities would dramatically improve the experience associated with all kinds of interactive …

The Future of Depressive Illness

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A 2005 study found that depressive illness costs the French economy € 4.702 per case per year. Another study found that private employers in the United States were out over $23 billion due to depression-related absenteeism. Researcher Stephen Iliardi refers to depression as a “disease of civilization.” In other words, depression has a much lower prevalence in societies that still hunt …