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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 […]



Brain-inspired electronic system could vastly reduce AI’s carbon footprint

September 4th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

A wafer filled with memristors. Extremely energy-efficient artificial intelligence is now closer to reality after a study by UCL researchers found a way to improve the accuracy of a brain-inspired computing system. The system, which uses memristors to create artificial neural networks, is at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than conventional transistor-based AI hardware, […]



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 […]



Engineers put tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses on a single chip

June 23rd, 2020 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

A new MIT-fabricated “brain-on-a-chip” reprocessed an image of MIT’s Killian Court, including sharpening and blurring the image, more reliably than existing neuromorphic designs. MIT engineers have designed a “brain-on-a-chip,” smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors—silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses […]



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 […]



Researchers unveil electronics that mimic the human brain in efficient learning

May 6th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Researchers unveil electronics that mimic the human brain in efficient learning A graphic depiction of protein nanowires (green) harvested from microbe Geobacter (orange) facilitate the electronic memristor device (silver) to function with biological voltages, emulating the neuronal components (blue junctions) in a brain. Credit: UMass Amherst/Yao lab Only 10 years ago, scientists working on what […]



Scientists develop AI that can turn brain activity into text

April 12th, 2020 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

Researchers in US tracked the neural data from people while they were speaking Reading minds has just come a step closer to reality: scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can turn brain activity into text. While the system currently works on neural patterns detected while someone is speaking aloud, experts say it could eventually aid […]



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,” […]



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