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An Open Source Voice Assistant
Vimalkumar Velayudhan (Independent software developer and IT consultant in Cork)
Mycroft is a personal AI voice assistant for the home. The project is free and open source (software and hardware), customisable, vendor neural and privacy focused. It is available as a smart speaker but can also be installed on a Raspberry Pi or a computer running Linux.
Gene editing – universal medicine or medalling with the universe
Dr Patrick Harrison (Senior Lecturer in Physiology Department, UCC)
Gene editing started in the 1980’s, and was first proposed as a universal therapeutic strategy for genetic disease in humans in 2005. In the last 10 years, the efficiency, speed, ease and accuracy of gene editing have improved at an incredible rate. This technology was directly responsible for the experimental life-saving treatment of two young children in London in 2016, and is now being tested in an FDA-approved clinical trial in California. Should we embrace gene editing as a potential therapeutic approach for almost any genetic disorder, or is it a step too far?