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If we can make animals smarter, should we?

March 19th, 2020 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

In science fiction stories, research can accidentally create superintelligent animal species. As the ability to alter animals’ brains grows, some say we should be wary of fiction becoming reality. This article appears in VICE Magazine’s Stupid Issue, which is dedicated to the entertaining, goofy, and just plain dumb. It features stories celebrating ridiculous ideas, trends, […]



US Army to study gamers’ brains to build AI military robots

February 20th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

A group of experts wants to study the brain waves and eye movements of people playing a video game in order to build an advanced AI that could coordinate the actions of military robots. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, awarded a team from the University of Buffalo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute […]



Move over, pot: Psychedelic companies are about to go public

February 20th, 2020 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

The first companies developing medical treatments from psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine and the active ingredient in magic mushrooms are gearing up to list on Canadian stock exchanges. Mind Medicine Inc., which is undertaking clinical trials of psychedelic-based drugs, intends to list on Toronto’s NEO Exchange by the first week of March, said JR Rahn, […]



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 […]



A map of the brain could help to guess what you’re reading

September 1st, 2019 at 3:18 am » Comments Off

A 3D map of how the brain responds to words could unlock new ways to understand and treat dyslexia and speech disorders. Map-making: Researchers at UC Berkeley used functional MRI to measure nine volunteers’ brain activity (using blood flow as a proxy) as they listened to, and then read, stories from “The Moth Radio Hour,” […]



Neuroscientists decode brain speech signals into written text

August 15th, 2019 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Study funded by Facebook aims to improve communication with paralysed patients The study recording brain signals sent to trigger organ movement is considered a breakthrough. When Stephen Hawking wanted to speak, he chose letters and words from a synthesiser screen controlled by twitches of a muscle in his cheek. But the painstaking process the cosmologist […]



Facebook is funding brain experiments to create a device that reads your mind

August 14th, 2019 at 6:51 am » Comments Off

Big tech firms are trying to read people’s thoughts, and no one’s ready for the consequences. In 2017, Facebook announced that it wanted to create a headband that would let people type at a speed of 100 words per minute, just by thinking. Now, a little over two years later, the social-media giant is revealing […]



The future of brain-computer interfaces and the human machine

July 15th, 2019 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

  The melding of humanity with the technology we have created has begun… We are well on our way as Homo sapiens to becoming a species that fully merges technology with our organic bodies. In some ways, we’ve been getting at this for centuries already, beginning with the first use of eyeglasses, at the end […]



New mind-controlled robot arm first to work without brain implant

July 15th, 2019 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

  Just strap on the EEG cap and start thinking. If you want to control a robot with your mind — and really, who doesn’t? — you currently have two options. You can get a brain implant, in which case your control over the robot will be smooth and continuous. Or you can skip the […]



Experimental brain-controlled hearing aid decodes, identifies who you want to hear

June 3rd, 2019 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Engineers develop new AI technology that amplifies correct speaker from a group; breakthrough could lead to better hearing aids Our brains have a remarkable knack for picking out individual voices in a noisy environment, like a crowded coffee shop or a busy city street. This is something that even the most advanced hearing aids struggle […]



Scientists discover how to implant false memories

March 1st, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Implanting false memories could cure Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and depression. It could also make scapegoating easier, allow for witness tampering, or give those under a brutal dictatorship false patriotism. MIT researchers Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu recently made history when they successfully implanted a false memory into the mind of a mouse. The proof was a […]



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.



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