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Ethics debate as pig brains kept alive without a body

Ethics debate as pig brains kept alive without a body

Science
Researchers at Yale University have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs, and kept the organs alive for several hours. Their aim is to develop a way of studying intact human brains in the lab for medical research.Although there is no evidence that the animals were aware, there is concern that some degree of consciousness might have remained.Details of the study were presented at a brain science ethics meeting held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda in Maryland on 28 March.The research has also been reported on this week in the MIT Technology Review.The work, by Prof Nenad Sestan of Yale University, was discussed as part of an NIH investigation of ethical issues arising from neuroscience research in the US. Prof Sestan explained that he and his team exp...
Ethics 'must be at centre' of AI technology

Ethics 'must be at centre' of AI technology

Technology
The UK's first public inquiry into the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) has said the law governing its effects "is not currently clear".The House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has asked the Law Commission to investigate whether UK law is "sufficient" when systems malfunction or cause harm to users.The recommendation comes as part of a report by the 13-member committee on the "economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence".The report proposes a national and international "AI code" based on five principles to ensure the country becomes "a world leader" in the industry's application of machine learning. The principles are focused on fairness, education and avoidance of wrongdoing.Committee chairman Lord Clement-Jones...