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Mar 5, 2024

Your brain in the zone: A new neuroimaging study reveals how the brain achieves a creative flow state

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, education, neuroscience

The University of Chicago Medicine is among the first 30 institutions in the country to offer tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy for advanced melanoma, immediately activating as an authorized treatment center after federal regulators approved the treatment on February 16, 2024.


Effortless, enjoyable productivity is a state of consciousness prized and sought after by people in business, the arts, research, education and anyone else who wants to produce a stream of creative ideas and products. That’s the flow, or the sense of being “in the zone.” A new neuroimaging study from Drexel University’s Creativity Research Lab is the first to reveal how the brain gets to the creative flow state.

The study is published in the journal Neuropsychologia.

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Mar 5, 2024

Introducing the next generation of Claude

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Anthropic announces Claude 3

The three state-of-the-art models.

Claude 3 opus, claude 3 sonnet, and claude 3 haiku.

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Mar 4, 2024

Exposure to different kinds of music influences how the brain interprets rhythm

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

When listening to music, the human brain appears to be biased toward hearing and producing rhythms composed of simple integer ratios—for example, a series of four beats separated by equal time intervals (forming a 1:1:1 ratio).

However, the favored ratios can vary greatly between different societies, according to a large-scale study led by researchers at MIT and the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics and carried out in 15 countries. The study included 39 groups of participants, many of whom came from societies whose traditional contains distinctive patterns of rhythm not found in Western music.

“Our study provides the clearest evidence yet for some degree of universality in music perception and cognition, in the sense that every single group of participants that was tested exhibits biases for integer ratios. It also provides a glimpse of the variation that can occur across cultures, which can be quite substantial,” says Nori Jacoby, the study’s lead author and a former MIT postdoc, who is now a research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany.

Mar 4, 2024

India reverses AI stance, requires government approval for model launches

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

India has waded into global AI debate by issuing an advisory that requires “significant” tech firms to get government permission before launching new models.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT issued the advisory to firms on Friday. The advisory — not published on public domain but a copy of which TechCrunch has reviewed — also asks tech firms to ensure that their services or products “do not permit any bias or discrimination or threaten the integrity of the electoral process.”

Though the ministry admits the advisory is not legally binding, India’s IT Deputy Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says the notice is “signalling that this is the future of regulation.” He adds: “We are doing it as an advisory today asking you to comply with it.”

Mar 4, 2024

Using Generative AI For Figuring Out Your Astrological Horoscope Raises Pesky Questions About Whether We Might Become Starstruck

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

Anthropic announces Claude 3

The three state-of-the-art models.

Claude 3 opus, claude 3 sonnet, and claude 3 haiku.

Continue reading “Using Generative AI For Figuring Out Your Astrological Horoscope Raises Pesky Questions About Whether We Might Become Starstruck” »

Mar 4, 2024

Harder To Outrun China’s New Humanoid Robot

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Unitree is a publicly traded robot company with about $5 billion in market value. They have sped up their humanoid robot to human jogging speed of 3.3 meters per second. This is about 7.5 miles per hour. It would not tire so it would take 50 minutes to cover a 10 kilometer race with enough battery power.

It can lift boxes and climb and descend stairs. It was able to jump vertically.

They have hand attachments that currently do not have finger and grasping motions.

Mar 4, 2024

Lothar Schafer — Does Consciousness Cause the Cosmos?

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Shop Closer To Truth merchandise and support the show with your purchase: https://bit.ly/3P2ogjeSome claim consciousness, our inner awareness, is part of a ‘…

Mar 4, 2024

Researchers Create AI-Powered Malware That Spreads on Its Own

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Researchers have developed a computer “worm” that can spread from one computer to another using generative AI, a warning sign that the tech could be used to develop dangerous malware in the near future — if it hasn’t already.

As Wired reports, the worm can attack AI-powered email assistants to obtain sensitive data from emails and blast out spam messages that infect other systems.

“It basically means that now you have the ability to conduct or to perform a new kind of cyberattack that hasn’t been seen before,” Cornell Tech researcher Ben Nassi, coauthor of a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper about the work, told Wired.

Mar 4, 2024

Measles case count up to 41 across 16 states, CDC reports

Posted by in category: futurism

That number is up from last week, when the CDC reported 35 cases in 15 states. Michigan is the new addition to the list, with one travel-related case of measles in Oakland County confirmed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Mar 4, 2024

Launch Roundup: SpaceX launching three Falcon 9 rockets including Crew-8; new launcher to debut from Japan

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

This week now has four flights scheduled, starting with Crew-8, which is sending a new crew to the International Space Station for a six-month tour of duty after successfully launching from Florida. Starlink 6–41 from Cape Canaveral and Transporter 10 from Vandenberg Space Force Base are also on the docket along with the debut of a new small satellite launcher from Japan.

Crew-8 launched three NASA astronauts and one Roscosmos cosmonaut to the Station on March 3, while the Starlink 6–41 flight and Transporter 10 are now due to fly on March 4. The new KAIROS small satellite launcher developed by the Japanese commercial sector is scheduled to fly on March 8.

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