1. Minds of Their Own, from the Economist
"Throughout history, engineers have spent their lives inventing machines that were faster, stronger, more reliable or capable of greater precision than human beings. Whether they were Jacquard looms, combine harvesters or CAD-CAM gear, they were tools for amplifying some human skill or compensating for a weakness.
But always they needed human intelligence to function. That’s now changed.
Neuroengineers build tools that think for themselves, making decisions the way humans do."
"Advances in artificial intelligence are creating machines with near human-like mental agility. Intelligence will be embedded everywhere -- even in our clothing, thanks to smaller, more powerful computers....The program will either scare you or assure about the future."