Articles by Philip Ball
Artificial intelligence may never match the brain
A new study prompts us to ask what in music deserves an evolutionary or physiological explanation, and what is better explained by the individual cultures we live in
These genetic tools pose fraught biological and ethical questions—but how much call for them is there anyway?
Now we’ve dispensed with the nonsense “gay gene” trope, let’s interrogate the way we talk about genetics and traits full stop
Philip Ball / September 4, 2019
A recent study shows there is no one gene that determines homosexuality, but confusion still lingers on the predictive power of our genetic constitution. Far more interrogation is needed before the...
Without dark matter there would be no galaxies, stars or planets. But physicists are yet to find direct proof of its existence. So where is it?
Philip Ball / April 24, 2019
The real issue raised is not about brain transplants or sci-fi fantasies of reanimation of corpses. It is about how we define life and death
Philip Ball / April 12, 2019
The simplistic portrait masks a mind-bendingly complex reality
Well-publicised comments from a former researcher at CERN show the barriers and prejudice women still face
Artists and musicians beware—AI has got much further than you might think