Artificial Intelligence and the Brain: Creating a Super-human

Stephanie Coggins, Science, Bailey Middle School

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We have learned a great deal about the human brain through modern science, but much of the human brain remains a mystery. We often think of our species as the most advanced in the animal kingdom. But what if there was a way to enhance our brain capacity? What if we could be smarter? Stronger? Better? Is there a way to manipulate the human brain in such a way that we can create a “super-human”? How in the world would we possibly be able to achieve that goal? It is possible that the answers lie in a marriage between humans and machines. This unit seeks to engage students in digging deeper into the content of human anatomy, genetics, and artificial intelligence, as students are tasked not only to design their “perfect human”, but also to explore the ethical implications of their design.