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Top 5 ways the superintelligence revolution could happen

October 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

There is a 50% probability that human-level machine intelligence will have been attained by 2050. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina. One day machines will have superhuman intelligence. Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.    



Peering into the future of AI and robot brains

September 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Baby X, a 3D-simulated human child. Zoltan Istvan writes In Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? on Slate: “The singularity people (many at Singularity University) don’t like the term transhumanism. Transhumanists don’t like posthumanism. Posthumanists don’t like cyborgism. And cyborgism advocates don’t like the life extension tag. If you arrange the […]



A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system. According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about […]



Scientists demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication across 5,000 miles

September 11th, 2014 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

Sending messages to other people using our cell phones is pretty convenient method, but wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just think messages to them? Telepathy is still relegated to the realm of science fiction, but an international team of researchers have gotten one step closer to making it a reality. Using transcranial magnetic […]



DARPA ElectRx program explores new neuromodulation technology to help the body heal itself

September 9th, 2014 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

The new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx)  (pronounced “electrics”) DARPA program aims to develop new high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health, initiated in support of the President’s brain initiative.    



Scientists turn bad memories into good ones in mice

September 4th, 2014 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

“Now we can go inside the brain and change the way the mice reacts to a memory.” Memories can be good, bad, or neutral. And now, they can be changed from good to bad, and vice versa, from within the brain—in genetically engineered mice, at least.    



Top 26 robotic innovations in healthcare

August 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Brain-operated bionic hand. We are living in a time where the concept of robotic healthcare isn’t as foreign as it might seem.  In regard to healthcare, the surge of innovation is supported by a strong attention to the world of technology and robotics. The evolution of the healthcare market is astonishing. We are becoming more […]



Will new technologies allow us to upgrade our brains in the not-so-distant future?

August 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

It wouldn’t be surprising if  the 21st century became known for its expanded understanding of the human brain. From magnetic scans that pinpoint different brain regions to the discovery and treatment of neurological disorders, scientists have demonstrated that the brain is a highly plastic organ capable of learning new things well into the later stages […]



Future biotechnology could make prisoners think they are in jail for 1,000 years

August 22nd, 2014 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

Manipulations of a neurotransmitter could give criminals more prison time within a shorter-length sentence. Oxford University’s Rebecca Roache has some thoughts about how we could treat our criminals differently. She envisions a future where we can use chemicals to manipulate an inmates sense of time. Through these chemicals, a criminal could be made to feel […]



TrueNorth – A new computer chip that functions like the brain

August 14th, 2014 at 8:34 am » Comments Off

IBM’s new processor, TrueNorth. Scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that was inspired by the architecture of the brain.  The chip uses no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers.



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