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The most futuristic predictions that came true in 2017

December 29th, 2017 at 12:58 am » Comments Off

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the present, and all the wondrous and horrific things it has to offer, for granted. As a reminder that we’re actually living in the future of a not-so-distant […]



Human legacies when robots rule the world

November 6th, 2017 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Machines have been displacing humans on job tasks for several centuries, and for seventy years many of these machines have been controlled by computers.



Researchers have linked a human brain to the internet for the first time

November 4th, 2017 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering.



DARPA scientists unveil brain device that boosts learning by 40 percent

November 2nd, 2017 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

A brain device that can increase learning by up to 40 percent has been revealed by scientists funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). While the device was originally tested on macaques, researchers said it could be a cheap and non-invasive way of “altering functional connectivity in humans” in the future.



The first made-for-iPhone cochlear implant will help even more people FaceTime and listen to music

August 5th, 2017 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

Apple does pretty well when it comes to accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The tech giant offers more than 50 models of hearing devices that, when linked to an iPhone, introduce a host of useful settings not available to the basic iPhone user. 



AI will help us download meeting notes to our brains by 2030

July 14th, 2017 at 9:18 pm » Comments Off

The internet is overflowing with tips on how to hack your health. From increasing cognitive function by drinking butter-spiked coffee to tracking sleep, stress, and activity levels with increasingly sophisticated fitness wearables, ours is a culture obsessed with optimizing performance. Combining this ethos with recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it’s practically inevitable that the next […]



Beyond the five senses

July 10th, 2017 at 1:53 am » Comments Off

The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?



Frighteningly accurate ‘mind reading’ A.I. is able to scan brains and guess what you’re thinking

June 29th, 2017 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

From medical applications like helping dermatologists diagnose skin cancer to teaching robots to get a better grip on the world around them, deep learning neural networks can carry out some pretty impressive tasks. Could mind reading be among them?



What do mega-trends mean for schooling?

June 22nd, 2017 at 7:27 am » Comments Off

Greg Whitby:  I had the pleasure of speaking at the 2017 Edutech conference in Sydney recently. The conference is a ‘finger on the pulse’ on what is happening in schooling and the trends that are shaping the educational landscape. Interesting isn’t it that we live at a time where we have moved on from talking […]



Artificial intelligence can now predict suicide with incredible accuracy

June 11th, 2017 at 8:11 pm » Comments Off

When someone commits suicide, their family and friends can be left with the heartbreaking and answerless question of what they could have done differently. Colin Walsh, data scientist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hopes his work in predicting suicide risk will give people the opportunity to ask “what can I do?” while there’s still a […]



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