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Will Machines Ever Become Conscious? – Scientific American 0 (0)

Machines with human-level intelligence are on the horizon.
Whether they will actually be conscious remains unknown.
Why? Even the most sophisticated brain simulations are unlikely to produce conscious feelings.

Generally, researchers study human consciousness in one of two states — when we’re awake or when we’re sleeping. “However, we’re missing a big part of the picture if we don’t take into account other ways” of being conscious, says Christopher Timmermann, a co-author on the Scientific Reports paper and a researcher with Imperial College London. By studying other, induced forms of awareness, researchers like Timmermann hope to learn more about how our brains operate in the real world.
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We’re All ‘P-Hacking’ Now | WIRED 0 (0)

An insiders’ term for scientific malpractice has worked its way into pop culture. Is that a good thing?

Results from a study can be analyzed in a variety of ways, and p-hacking refers to a practice where researchers select the analysis that yields a pleasing result. The p refers to the p-value, a ridiculously complicated statistical entity that’s essentially a measure of how surprising the results of a study would be if the effect you’re looking for wasn’t there. Read on

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