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"The notion that--with hundreds of thousands of coders around the world--no one is going to give software consciousness is not credible."

--Martine Rothblatt, chief executive of United Therapeutics and author of Virtually Human: The Promise--and the Peril--of Digital Immortality

"It seems purely speculative, as if someone has drawn a cartoon and said they are going to fly to Mars with it."

--Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, on Lockheed Martin's claims that it has a promising way to reliably generate electricity from fusion

"For some people the effect is really profound. Within minutes, they're feeling significantly different, in a way that is as powerful as anything I could imagine short of a narcotic."

--Marom Bikson, a professor at City College of New York, who has tested a "mood-altering" brain stimulation device developed by a company called Thync

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Title Annotation:Upfront
Publication:MIT Technology Review
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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