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What Is CRISPR?
CRISPR stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats. This technology will now allow for DNA to be edited almost as easily as using a word processor. How does it work? A guide RNA is loaded with the CAS 9 protein which finds a targeted gene to be spliced into. The DNA strands get precisely cut and the new sequence is added to the cell.

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Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions Be Coded?
A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her bicycle. An autonomous drone needs to decide whether to risk the lives of busload of civilians or lose a long-sought terrorist. How does a machine make an ethical decision? Can it “learn” to choose in situations that would strain human decision making? Can morality be programmed? We will tackle these questions and more as the leading AI experts, roboticists, neuroscientists, and legal experts debate the ethics and morality of thinking machines.

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Original Program Date: June 4, 2016
MODERATOR: Bill Blakemore
PARTICIPANTS: Fernando Diaz, Colonel Linell Letendre, Gary Marcus, Matthias Scheutz, Wendell Wallach
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Mind Melds and Brain Beams: The Dawn of Brain-to-Brain Communication
Music students download the technique of their favorite pianist or singer directly into their brains. Medical students download the skills of a seasoned surgeon or diagnostician. And each one of us routinely uploads our thoughts and memories to the digital cloud. While these scenarios still lie in the future, rudimentary versions of the necessary brain-to-brain technology exist today. But the ability to directly influence another person’s brain raises serious questions about human rights and individual freedoms. This program will present the latest technology and explore how the ethical implications of enhanced thinking go to the heart of consciousness itself.

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Footage of the brain-to-brain interface experiment provided by the University of Washington. For more information on the research:http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/11/05/uw-study-shows-direct-brain-interface-between-humans/

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Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins
On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making – one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State – momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.
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Future pilots fold the best paper airplanes. If yours fly the farthest, you have a contest to win on May 7. Join us: http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/city-of-science/bronx/
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"Wow" doesn't even begin to describe it. City of Science begins Sat, May 7 in the Bronx. http://bit.ly/CityofScience-TheBronx
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The Trolley Problem Explained
In 1967 Philippa Foot introduced us to the thought experiment called the Trolley Problem. This problem introduces a situation where a runaway trolley carrying four people is careening down the tracks towards a dead end. The four people in the trolley will certainly be killed in nothing is done. There is an option to divert the runaway trolley and save the four people but in doing so you will kill one person that is in the path of the now diverted trolley. What do you do?

In this clip a robot is introduced in to the equation. Can humans code A.I. that would make the right choice.?

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Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years ago, washed across the Earth. As it did, two laser-based detectors, 50 years in the making – one in Louisiana and the other in Washington State – momentarily twitched, confirming a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein and marking the opening of a new era in astronomy. Join some of the very scientists responsible for this most anticipated discovery of our age and see how gravitational waves will be used to explore the universe like never before.
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Join a growing community of people who appreciate the wonder of science. Donate today: http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/membership/
Become Part of Our Rapidly Expanding Universe of Members Today The World Science Festival is proud to launch our membership program, designed to build a community of WSF fans and engage them in our year-round events and activities. Become a charter member today and never miss a moment of... [read more]
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Go, go, go! Join us on May 7 at Lehman College in the Bronx. http://bit.ly/CityofScience-TheBronx
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Q: Where can I watch videos from previous festivals?
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Browse a list of answers to the most common questions. If you don’t see an answer to your question, please write to info@worldsciencefestival.com. GENERAL When is the World Science Festival? The World Science Festival 2016 takes place Wednesday, June 1 through Sunday, June 5. Save the date on Facebook. Where is the World Science... [read more]
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The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.