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Scientists can remove fears from your brain

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.



Electrodes let you taste and chew in virtual reality

November 30th, 2016 at 6:26 pm » Comments Off

You’re having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering. Normally, you would be disappointed, but not this time. You approach the food, stick out your tongue – and taste the flavours on display. You move your jaw to chew – and […]



Job security won’t exist in the age of ‘superintelligence’

November 17th, 2016 at 3:07 pm » Comments Off

Coined in 1956 by John McCarthy, it was originally intended to define an independent machine agent that can take actions to maximize success toward a particular goal, with human-like functions such as learning and problem solving. AI can be broadly categorized as ANI (artificial narrow intelligence), AGI (artificial general intelligence) and ASI (artificial superintelligence). Almost […]



Paralyzed man feels through robotic fingers

October 18th, 2016 at 6:04 am » Comments Off

  A 28-year-old man left paralyzed after a car accident has been able to feel as though he was touching something with his fingers after a robotic arm was connected directly to his brain in a world-first breakthrough. Nathan Copeland, who was injured after crashing his car on a rainy night in Pennsylvania when he was just 18, spoke […]



Remote control of the brain is coming. How will it be used?

September 13th, 2016 at 6:42 am » Comments Off

Controlling the minds of others from a distance has long been a favourite science fiction theme – but recent advances in genetics and neuroscience suggest that we might soon have that power for real. Just over a decade ago, the bioengineer Karl Deisseroth and his colleagues at Stanford University published their paper on the optical […]



“Brain Malware”: How Hackers could get inside your brain

September 6th, 2016 at 6:42 am » Comments Off

Hackers have spyware in your mind. You’re minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they’re gathering your most private information direct from your brain signals. Your likes and dislikes. Your political preferences. Your sexuality. Your PIN.



‘Neural Dust’ Could Monitor Your Brain Wirelessly

August 18th, 2016 at 7:04 am » Comments Off

Science fiction that features wires connecting brains to computers might now be obsolete. Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, could serve as “neural dust” that can one day scan and stimulate brain cells. Such research could one day help lead to next-generation brain-machine interfaces for controlling prosthetics, exoskeletons and robots, as […]



Chinese man famed superhuman memory beat an AI in a facial recognition contest

August 16th, 2016 at 7:11 am » Comments Off

At a competition in China to see who is better at recognizing faces, man or machine, Wang Yuheng, representing the humans, emerged victorious. Wang is famous in China for his photographic memory. He successfully identified a specific glass of water out of 520 seemingly identical ones in a Chinese reality TV show. He also reportedly […]



The first transparent 3D-printed skull has just been implanted

July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Surgeons in Holland implanted a transparent plastic skull in a woman whose skull has never stopped growing. The rare bone disease that was wrecking her vision and destroying her life has been been bested by a simple 3D printer. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, […]



The new frontier of digital implants

June 22nd, 2016 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

Tim Shank can guarantee you that he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why is that? Well, his house keys are located inside his body.



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