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The Werther effect or “Copycat” Suicides

The Werther effect or “Copycat” Suicides

In 1774, Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” which ends with a young man’s suicide was published. Quite a number of young readers imitated Werther, the book’s hero, to the point that the rise in suicide rates was a direct cause for having this book banned in many countries.

French Gamete Donations No Longer Anonymous; Unresolved Issues for ART with Third Party Donors

French Gamete Donations No Longer Anonymous; Unresolved Issues for ART with Third Party Donors

On September 1, 2022, the 2021 French Bioethics law comes into force, meaning that gamete donations will no longer be anonymous. Children born of assisted procreation (IVF or insemination) with a third-party donor, will be able, when they reach age 18, to request the removal of anonymity of the donor, man or women, who gave his gamete and who is at the origin of their life. 

AI: Does Google’s LaMDA Robot Have Consciousness?

AI: Does Google’s LaMDA Robot Have Consciousness?

The new “LaMDA” (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) is not just an ordinary robot with AI. Developed by Google, it is a robot intended to converse with humans, a “chatbot” (contraction of “to chat”, and “bot” for “robot”). Blake Lemoine, an American engineer at the company, claims that it is conscious.