Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Brain


Where do you go when you die? The increasing signs that human consciousness remains after death

February 12th, 2018 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Clinically, we understand death to mean the state that takes hold after our hearts stop beating. Blood circulation comes to a halt, we don’t breathe, our brains shut down—and that’s what divides the states we occupy from one moment (alive) to the next (dead).



Will we ever be able to upload a mind to a new body?

February 12th, 2018 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

In Altered Carbon, the body no longer matters. As one character quipped: “You shed it like a snake sheds its skin.” That’s because the human consciousness has been digitized, and can be moved between bodies—both real and synthetic.



How your personality type affects your health

October 28th, 2017 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

What Are the Health Risks Associated With Your Personality Type?



Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in vegetative state

September 26th, 2017 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

Stimulation of the vagus nerve allows patient who had been in a persistant vegetative state for 15 years to track objects with his eyes and respond to simple requests.



If you upload your mind to a computer, are you immortal or just a bot?

August 20th, 2017 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

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 “cryopreserved” in preference to simply dying, as they wait for science to catch up and give them a […]



Neuroreality: the New reality is coming. And it’s a brain computer interface

August 7th, 2017 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

With the release of the Oculus Rift in March 2016, the age of virtual reality (VR) truly began. VR tech had been generating buzz since the 1990s, but the Rift was the first high-end VR system to reach the consumer market, and early reviews confirmed that it delivered the kind of experience users had been […]



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 […]



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?



Craig Venter’s ‘digital-to-biological converter’ is based on real science

June 16th, 2017 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Right now, it prints proteins. In the far future, it could print human babies on Mars. Craig Venter and Elon Musk have even discussed how printed life could help terraform Mars.



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 […]



Coworking 13