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Would you want immortal life as a cyborg?

December 19th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

Transhumanism can mean uploading one’s mind into cyberspace. But some transhumanists hope to slowly morph into “immortal cyborgs” with endlessly replaceable parts. Five years ago, we were told, we were all turning into cyborgs: Did you recently welcome a child into the world? Congratulations! An upstanding responsible parent such as yourself is surely doing all […]



Elon Musk’s company Neuralink plans to connect people’s brains to the internet by next year using a procedure he claims will be as safe and easy as LASIK eye surgery

December 14th, 2019 at 1:35 pm » Comments Off

Elon Musk on Tuesday announced in a livestream that his neurotechnology startup, Neuralink, hoped to begin implanting devices into human brains as early as next year. Musk has invested $100 million into the secretive company since its founding in 2016, according to The New York Times, and he says he hopes it will achieve “symbiosis […]



What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

November 4th, 2019 at 2:06 pm » Comments Off

Detail from The Fountain of Youth (1546) by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Courtesy Wikipedia Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and financial – by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be […]



Mark Zuckerberg says brain-reading wearables are coming, but certain functions may require implanted devices

October 19th, 2019 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019.  Zuckerberg said on Thursday said that he’s thinking more about brain-controlling wearable and implantable technology. “The goal is to eventually make it so that you can think something and control something in […]



The tech helping dogs learn to ‘talk’ with humans

October 12th, 2019 at 3:50 pm » Comments Off

  Using nose-activated vests and touchscreens, our canine pals are being trained to summon help for their handlers—and much more. Imagine you’re enjoying a pleasant stroll through the park when you hear someone say, “My owner needs your attention! Please follow me!” You look around and see no one; then you look down and see […]



Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality

October 10th, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality EPFL scientists have developed a soft artificial skin that provides haptic feedback and—thanks to a sophisticated self-sensing mechanism—has the potential to instantaneously adapt to a wearer’s movements. Applications for the new technology range from medical rehabilitation to virtual reality. Artificial skin could help rehabilitation and enhance […]



Elon Musk unveils Neuralink’s plans for brain-reading ‘threads’ and a robot to insert them

July 30th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

Not for humans yet The proposed future technology Neuralink intends to make, a module that sits outside the head and wirelessly receives information from threads embedded in the brain. Photo: Neuralink Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the […]



Brain-Machine interfaces could give us all superpowers

May 16th, 2019 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

  I Am Human investigates the real-world possibilities of brain-computer interfaces. ONE RAINY DAY, Bill was riding his bicycle when the mail truck in front of him suddenly stopped. Bill didn’t. The crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. His autonomy, or what’s left of it, comes from voice controls that let him lower […]



Brains of 3 people have been successfully connected, enabling them to share thoughts

January 8th, 2019 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people to share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds.



Scientists have connected the brains of 3 people, enabling them to share thoughts

October 10th, 2018 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds. […]



VR is helping amputees feel their prosthetics as if they belonged to their bodies

September 2nd, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

Researchers at EPFL developed a system that combines virtual reality with artificial tactile sensations to help amputees feel their prosthetics as if they are a part of their body. Via Mashable



Five emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between human and machine

August 24th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

The 35 must-watch technologies represented on the Gartner Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018 revealed five distinct emerging technology trends that will blur the lines between humans and machines. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), play a critical role in enabling companies to be ubiquitous, always available, and connected to business ecosystems to […]



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