​What will happen after animals are legally recognized as persons?

The first real attempt to see chimps legally recognized as persons may have failed, but it's an historic case that undoubtedly represents the first of many to come. It'll only be a matter of time before chimps and other animals are no longer seen as mere property, but rather as subjects worthy of legal protections.… » 12/16/13 1:16pm 12/16/13 1:16pm

Scientists Enhance Intelligence of Mice with Human Brain Cells

It's not quite Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but it may not be too far off, either. By grafting human glial cells into the brains of mice, neuroscientists were able to "sharply enhance" their cognitive capacities. These improvements included augmentations to memory, learning, and adaptive conditioning. It's a… » 3/07/13 9:00am 3/07/13 9:00am

Should we upgrade the intelligence of animals?

Well, it finally happened. As we reported last week, scientists have successfully enhanced the intelligence of rhesus monkeys using a brain implant, albeit temporarily. Futurists and science fiction authors have speculated about this possibility for years — and now the reality is upon us. And it's clear that this… » 9/17/12 10:35am 9/17/12 10:35am

David Brin's Startide Rising takes off, but could use more gravity

Dolphin starship pilots! Chimpanzee scientists! Hordes of vicious aliens! And a fleet of billion-year-old warships connected to a galactic conspiracy. 1984's Hugo-winning novel Startide Rising has everything — yet something important is missing. » 10/22/11 11:00am 10/22/11 11:00am

10 Stories About "Uplifted" Animals Who Gain Human Intelligence

This Friday Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters with its story of a lab ape named Caesar, "uplifted" to human intelligence by scientists, who leads a revolution against humanity. But he's hardly the first brain-augmented creature to question human values. Here are ten great stories of animal uplift and its… » 8/01/11 10:00am 8/01/11 10:00am