Saturday 23 May 2015

SMARTS Update: Is perceived intelligence fate?

Is perceived intelligence fate? For many test subjects in labs it is. We use and abuse animals we deem unintelligent, subjecting them to unspeakable experiments and pain, in the process of scientific discovery. Ironically, fascinating new research into the nature of intelligence, and who or what displays it, has begun to demonstrate that everything-- from plants to animals to microbes-- is smart. This has opened up an ethical can of worms. Watch this short trailer for my new non-fiction book SMARTS. It examines intelligence in all its forms -- from humans to chimpanzees to smart slime moulds to AIs.  The book is available now on Amazon as an ebook and in print.

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