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Apr 24, 2019

Florida Man Becomes First Person to Live With Advanced Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, Elon Musk, robotics/AI

Prosthetics have advanced drastically in recent years. The technology’s potential has even inspired many, like Elon Musk, to ask whether we may be living as “cyborgs” in the not-too-far future. For Johnny Matheny of Port Richey, Florida, that future is now. Matheny, who lost his arm to cancer in 2005, has recently become the first person to live with an advanced mind-controlled robotic arm. He received the arm in December and will be spending the next year testing it out.

The arm was developed by Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as part of their program Revolutionizing Prosthetics. The aim of the program, which is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to create prosthetics that are controlled by neural activity in the brain to restore motor function to where it feels entirely natural. The program is specifically working on prosthetics for upper-arm amputee patients. While this particular arm has been demoed before, Matheny will be the first person to actually live with the prosthesis. The program does hope to have more patients take the tech for a longterm test run, though.

While the prosthetic device is impressive, it’s not a limitless, all-powerful robot arm. Matheney won’t be able to get the arm wet and is not allowed to drive while wearing it. Keeping a few rules in mind, Matheney will otherwise be free to push the tech to the edge of its capabilities, truly exploring what it can do.

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Apr 24, 2019

Telsa Will Make an Electric Leafblower As Garden Equipment is a Big Pollution Source

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk has tweeted that Tesla will make a quiet electric leaf blower.

In 2017, the California Air Resources Board, said that by 2020, the biggest single ozone polluter in California is going to be all this gardening equipment.

California has 16 million gas-powered garden machines from leaf blowers to mowers.

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Apr 23, 2019

Elon Musk: Brain-Computer Interface Update “Coming Soon”

Posted by in categories: education, Elon Musk, life extension, robotics/AI

AI Overlords

Musk has repeatedly warned of evil AI overlords in the past, saying that AI could become “an immortal dictator from which we could never escape” in a 2018 documentary called “Do You Trust This Computer?”

Most of what Neuralink is working on, including any plans for a brain computer interface, are still tightly under wraps. In one tantalizing clue, Bloomberg recently reported on a still unpublished academic paper by five authors who have been employed by or associated with Neuralink — though it’s unclear whether Musk’s tweet referred to their work.

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Apr 23, 2019

Elon Musk says Neuralink joining humans with computers ‘coming soon’

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Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence.

In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be ‘coming soon.’

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Apr 22, 2019

Tesla unveils its new Full Self-Driving computer in detail: ‘objectively the best chip in the world’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, transportation

At the ‘Tesla Autonomy Day’ today, Tesla unveiled all the details about its new Full Self-Driving computer, which CEO Elon Musk claims is ‘objectively the best chip in the world’.

The automaker has been talking about this new computer for years now.

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Apr 22, 2019

Tesla outlines plan for ‘Robotaxi’ ride-sharing service

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk presented some new details on the Tesla Network’s Robotaxi ride-hailing service during the company’s Autonomy Day. Musk outlined his how much electric car owners can earn from the service, as well as how long vehicles can last operating as autonomous ride-sharing Robotaxis.

Musk started his presentation by reiterating Tesla’s Master Plan, which includes the deployment of the company’s Robotaxi program sometime in 2020 (pending regulatory approval, of course). Musk joked about Tesla’s delays in the rollout of Full Self-Driving features, though he did note that “we said we’re gonna do the Robotaxi, and we’re gonna do the Robotaxi.”

Tesla owners who wish to use their vehicles for the Tesla Network will be able to manage their electric cars through their smartphone. Musk dropped several points of information that will be key to the Tesla Network’s Robotaxi service as well. Among these is the vehicles’ longevity. The CEO noted that current-generation battery packs are good for about 300,000 to 500,000 miles, though Tesla’s upcoming batteries which will go on production next year will operate for twice as long, up to 1 million miles with minimal maintenance.

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Apr 22, 2019

Elon Musk says machine to connect human brain to computers is ‘coming soon’

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

21 votes and so far on Reddit.

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Apr 18, 2019

Team Linked to Elon Musk Edges Closer to Brain Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience

Scientists describe an electronic method that could one day enable brain computers.

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Apr 17, 2019

Elon Musk’s Question for Super-Smart AI: What’s Outside the Simulation?

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI, singularity

“The singularity for this level of the simulation is coming soon,” Musk replied to a tweet by the official Twitter account of the television show Rick and Morty in 2017. “I wonder what the levels above us look like.”

READ MORE: Elon Musk Reveals the One Question He Would Ask a Human-Level A.I. [Inverse]

More on the simulation hypothesis: MIT Prof: It’s More Likely We’re Living in a Simulation Than Not.

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Apr 13, 2019

Series to explore future where social media is linked to your BRAIN

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, neuroscience

Spine-chilling new series from The Walking Dead creator will explore dystopian future where social media is linked to your BRAIN using tech that ‘Elon Musk and Facebook are already trying to develop…


Channing Powell, the creator of the hit horror television series ‘The Walking Dead’, is not someone who is easily spooked.

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