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Elon Musk is one step closer to connecting a computer to your brain

September 5th, 2020 at 2:33 am » Comments Off

Neuralink has demonstrated a prototype of its brain-machine interface that currently works in pigs. At a Friday event, Elon Musk revealed more details about his mysterious neuroscience company Neuralink and its plans to connect computers to human brains. While the development of this futuristic-sounding tech is still in its early stages, the presentation was expected […]

Scientists inspired by Star Wars develop artificial skin capable of recreating sense of touch

August 13th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  A researcher at the NUS demonstrates the self-healing abilities of an artificial, transparent skin ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, comprises up to 100 small sensors to replicate a sense of feeling. Researchers say it can process information faster than the nervous system The skin is able to recognise 20 to 30 different textures […]

Elon Musk claims AI will overtake humans in ‘less than five years’

August 5th, 2020 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

Chatbots powered by artificial intelligence are already capable of passing some Turing tests. ( AFP via Getty Images ) Existential threat posed by artificial intelligence is much closer than previously predicted, billionaire warns. Elon Musk has warned that humans risk being overtaken by artificial intelligence within the next five years. The prediction marks a significant […]

Elon Musk claims his Neuralink chip will allow you to stream music directly to your brain

July 31st, 2020 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

Brain-computer interface could also give people ‘enhanced abilities’ Elon Musk‘s mysterious Neuralink startup is working on a brain-computer interface that will allow wearers to stream music directly to their brain, the technology entrepreneur has claimed. Mr Musk, who also heads SpaceX and Tesla, is set to reveal new information about the mysterious startup next month […]

Disrupting death: Could we really live forever in digital form?

June 12th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Virtual reality, robots, chatbots and holograms could allow us to exist perpetually. Whether we should choose the option is a different story. In 2016, Jang Ji-sung’s young daughter Nayeon passed away from a blood-related disease. But in February, the South Korean mother was reunited with her daughter in virtual reality. Experts constructed a version of […]

‘It’s like you have a hand again’: A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology

March 12th, 2020 at 11:46 am » Comments Off

Grafting tiny bits of muscle to amputated nerves provides a way to control a robotic limb Joe Hamilton intuitively controls a prosthetic hand using the Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface, or RPNI, in a lab on the University of Michigan Medical Campus. (Evan Dougherty/University of Michigan Engineering) Researchers with the University of Michigan have announced a […]

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 […]

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