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Apr 22, 2017

Elon Musk’s new company wants to link human brains with computers in 4 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, Elon Musk, neuroscience, space travel, sustainability

Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with computers by creating micron-sized devices.

Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke and cancer lesion in about four years, Musk said in an interview with the website Wait But Why on Thursday.

“If I were to communicate a concept to you, you would essentially engage in consensual telepathy,” Musk said in the interview. Neuralink will be Musk’s third company along with Tesla and SpaceX.

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Apr 21, 2017

Daisy Robinton — The Fight Against Aging

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, business, food, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Primarily talking about CRISPR.


Daisy Robinton explores bioengineering and its potential to end ageing.

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Apr 20, 2017

Is Beet Juice the Secret to Staying Young?

Posted by in categories: food, life extension, neuroscience

Beets are a common sweetening ingredient in the juices you’ll find at most health food stores, but a recent study found another reason to drink the bright red juice: It has anti-aging benefits.

Researchers at Wake Forest University knew that exercise has positive anti-aging effects on the brain, and were looking for ways to increase those benefits.

“What we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults,” W. Jack Rejeski, co-author of the study, told EurekAlert.

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Apr 20, 2017

Facebook Literally Wants to Read Your Thoughts

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

“Our brains produce enough data to stream 4 HD movies every second. The problem is that the best way we have to get information out into the world — speech — can only transmit about the same amount of data as a 1980s modem,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.


At Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, on Wednesday, the group unveiled what may be Facebook’s most ambitious—and creepiest—proposal yet. Facebook wants to build its own “brain-to-computer interface” that would allow us to send thoughts straight to a computer.

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Apr 20, 2017

What if you could type directly from your brain at 100 words per minute?

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, neuroscience

(credit: Facebook)

Regina Dugan, PhD, Facebook VP of Engineering, Building8, revealed today (April 19, 2017) at Facebook F8 conference 2017 a plan to develop a non-invasive brain-computer interface that will let you type at 100 wpm — by decoding neural activity devoted to speech.

Dugan previously headed Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, and before that, was Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Apr 20, 2017

Neuroscientists Can Now Read Your Dreams With a Simple Brain Scan

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Like islands jutting out of a smooth ocean surface, dreams puncture our sleep with disjointed episodes of consciousness. How states of awareness emerge from a sleeping brain has long baffled scientists and philosophers alike.

For decades, scientists have associated dreaming with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a sleep stage in which the resting brain paradoxically generates high-frequency brain waves that closely resemble those of when we’re awake.

Yet dreaming isn’t exclusive to REM sleep. A series of oddball reports also found signs of dreaming during non-REM deep sleep, when the brain is dominated by slow-wave activity—the opposite of an alert, active, conscious brain.

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Apr 20, 2017

Facebook is working on tech to let you type with your brain and ‘hear with your skin’

Posted by in categories: futurism, neuroscience

Facebook is working on futuristic technology that will let people type using only brain waves the understand thoughts through only skin contact.

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Apr 20, 2017

Experts excited by brain ‘wonder-drug’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Scientists hope they have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK Medical Research Council team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused organ damage. Now two drugs have been found that should have the same protective effect on the brain and are already safely used in people. “It’s really exciting,” said Prof Giovanna Mallucci, from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester. She wants to start human clinical trials on dementia patients soon and expects to know whether the drugs work within two to three years.

Why might they work?

The novel approach is focused on the natural defence mechanisms built into brain cells.

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Apr 19, 2017

Facebook is working on a way to let you type with your brain

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

Facebook today unveiled a project from its secretive Building 8 research group that’s working to create a brain-computer interface that lets you type with your thoughts. Regina Dugan, a former director of DARPA and the ex-head of Google’s experimental ATAP research group, announced the news today onstage at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. Dugan, who now heads up Building 8, says the goal is “something as simple as a yes-no brain click” that could fundamentally change how we interact with and use technology. While it does not exist today outside of very specific medical research trials, Dugan says her team is actively working to make it a reality.

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Apr 19, 2017

This Chip Interfaces With The Brain to Help The Blind See

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

The blind may be able to see with help from this chip.

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