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Students are zapping their brains for a boost

January 16th, 2017 at 6:12 pm » Comments Off

Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — moving, remembering, learning. He was fascinated.



The human body’s 79th organ?

January 10th, 2017 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

To the 78 organs that make up the human body, a group of scientists says we should add one more: the mesentery. Located in our abdominal cavity, the mesentery is a belt of tissue that holds our intestines in place. While anatomists knew it was there, it was always thought to be composed of several different […]



BMW unveils futuristic concept for the interior of its driverless cars

January 10th, 2017 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

BMW unveiled a concept for the interior of driverless cars on Wednesday at a press conference in Las Vegas at CES. The concept, dubbed the BMWi Inside Future, showcases how BMW envisions its autonomous vehicles may look when they start to hit the market. The interior concept is centered on connectivity and includes a panoramic display […]



3D-Printed V8 engine works just like the real thing

January 9th, 2017 at 2:56 pm » Comments Off

Remember the guy we featured a few months ago who 3D printed a functional scale model of a Subaru EJ20 flat-four? Well, he’s got another creation, and this one’s even better. It’s a replica of the LS3 V8 found in the last-gen Chevrolet Camaro, and aside from a few fasteners and bearings, it’s entirely 3D printed.



The danger behind the algorithm economy

January 6th, 2017 at 4:04 pm » Comments Off

A few months ago The Washington Post reported that Facebook collects 98 data points on each of its nearly 2 billion users. Among this 98 are ethnicity, income, net worth, home value, if you are a mother, if you are a soccer mom, if you are married, the number of lines of credit you have, if […]



AI will generate new cancer drugs

January 4th, 2017 at 1:45 pm » Comments Off

Scientists at the Pharmaceutical Artificial Intelligence (pharma.AI) group of Insilico Medicine, Inc, today announced the publication of a seminal paper demonstrating the application of generative adversarial autoencoders (AAEs) to generating new molecular fingerprints on demand.



We know almost nothing about the future of sex robots

December 30th, 2016 at 4:31 pm » Comments Off

Isaac Asimov famously created rules that would prevent robots from harming humans. But at the second International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots earlier this week, any anxiety that may have inspired those guidelines was turned on its head. Panelists discussed the ways in which giving robots personhood and consciousness may revolutionize our lives, […]



Humans will marry robots by 2050

December 30th, 2016 at 4:25 pm » Comments Off

Had a child recently? Well, here’s something you might want to prepare yourself for. By the time wedding bells are ringing your new son- or daughter-in-law could very well be a robot.



AI is going to make it easier to fake images and video

December 30th, 2016 at 4:04 pm » Comments Off

Smile Vector is a Twitter bot that can make any celebrity smile. It scrapes the web for pictures of faces, and then it morphs their expressions using a deep-learning-powered neural network. Its results aren’t perfect, but they’re created completely automatically, and it’s just a small hint of what’s to come as artificial intelligence opens a new […]



Powdered blood could revolutionize medicine

December 29th, 2016 at 8:35 pm » Comments Off

During an emergency, having blood on hand for transfusions is critical. But blood needs proper refrigeration, making on the spot care a difficult task. But what if paramedics were equipped with bags of powdered blood cells that could be combined with water and immediately distributed?



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