Archive for the ‘neuroscience’ category

Jun 30, 2015

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is ‘to live forever’

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Human: What is morality?

Machine: What is altruism?

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Jun 30, 2015

Swedish scientists create an artificial neuron that mimicks an organic one

Posted by in categories: electronics, futurism, neuroscience

Chemical-to-electrical-to-chemical signal transmission. A conventional neuron (upper panel) senses chemical signals (orange circles), which trigger an electrical pulse of membrane depolarization (action potential) along the axon, causing chemical release at the axon terminals (blue circles). This process can be mimicked (lower panel) by a chemical biosensor (for glutamate or acetylcholine) connected to an axon-mimicking organic electronic ion pump that transmits electrons/ions and generates chemicals — forming an organic electronic biomimetic neuron. (credit: Daniel T. Simon et al./Biosensors and Bioelectronics)

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Jun 29, 2015

The Future of Superhuman Technology

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, futurism, neuroscience, transhumanism

I’m excited to share this 12-min video on transhumanism and my presidential campaign (at 7 min mark). This video just came out, but the Good Mythical Morning (with over 7 million YouTube subscribers) videos often get over 1 million views and 3,000+ comments. This will likely be one of the most popular videos on transhumanism this year, and it’s really funny!

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Jun 29, 2015

No, an AI Did Not Just “Lash Out” at Its Human Programmer 

Posted by in categories: ethics, neuroscience, robotics/AI

A slew of articles are claiming that an “exasperated” artificial intelligence snapped at its programmer during a conversation about morality and ethics. Sadly, it’s another example of the media overselling the capabilities of simple chatbots.

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Jun 27, 2015

17 Legal Brain Enhancing Drugs That Will Expand Your Consciousness

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, neuroscience

Interest in Nootropics has grown exponentially over recent years within the health conscious communities and is still a trend moving upwards as I write this. Nootropics are essentially smart drugs that can be bought over the counter or online at retail prices below $50. The majority of Nootropics are cognitive enhancers, that is they are…

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Jun 26, 2015

Does AI Keep You Up at Night? Ask a Tech Visionary Anything

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Are you the kind of person who spends a lot of time pondering when machine learning will finally give us humans a run for our money? Or exactly how the technology behind a pulse simulator works? We had a feeling you might be. So what other questions or ideas about the future of technology keep you up at night? This is your chance to have them answered/discussed by two leaders in the field of future tech: Brain Games host and futurist Jason Silva and Matt Grob, CTO of Qualcomm and holder of more than 70 patents relating to wireless communication and cell technology.

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Jun 25, 2015

Some People Can’t Conjure Mental Images. Are You One of Them?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Mentally count the windows in your home. Did you close your eyes? Visualize your house’s layout in your head? I did, when I tried this task. But some people, researchers have discovered, seem to be incapable of producing and holding such images in their mind’s eye. (They’re also perfectly capable of answering the window question.)

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Jun 24, 2015

Brain-to-text: decoding spoken phrases from phone representations in the brain — Frontiers of Neuroscience

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“Here, we show for the first time that continuously spoken speech can be decoded into the expressed words from intracranial electrocorticographic (ECoG) recordings.” Read more

Jun 23, 2015

FDA Approves BrainPort, Device That Allows The Blind To ‘See’ With Their Tongues

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

The FDA-approved BrainPort V100 translates visual images into vibrations that can be felt on the tongue to help users better understand their surroundings.

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Jun 22, 2015

How Transhumanist Tech Will Correct Reality’s Typos

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience, transhumanism

My new story for Vice Motherboard on how in the near future we will edit our realities to suit our tastes and desires:

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