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May 2, 2018

Why genetic IQ differences between ‘races’ are unlikely

Posted by in categories: evolution, genetics, neuroscience

The idea that intelligence can differ between populations has made headlines again, but the rules of evolution make it implausible.

Kevin Mitchell

Associate professor of genetics and neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin.

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May 2, 2018

Singularity Hypotheses Analysis

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, physics, singularity, transhumanism

Publication numbers are in: 55 thousand downloads! 🎉😁🍾.

Singularity Hypotheses: A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment offers authoritative, jargon-free essays and critical commentaries on accelerating technological progress and the notion of technological singularity. It focuses on conjectures about the intelligence explosion, transhumanism, and whole brain emulation. Recent years have seen a plethora of forecasts about the profound, disruptive impact that is likely to result from further progress in these areas. Many commentators however doubt the scientific rigor of these forecasts, rejecting them as speculative and unfounded. We therefore invited prominent computer scientists, physicists, philosophers, biologists, economists and other thinkers to assess the singularity hypotheses. Their contributions go beyond speculation, providing deep insights into the main issues and a balanced picture of the debate.

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May 2, 2018

China is monitoring employees’ brain waves and emotions — and the technology boosted one company’s profits

Posted by in categories: military, neuroscience

Employees’ brain waves are reportedly being monitored in factories, state-owned enterprises, and the military across China.

It’s being used to identify shifts in employees’ moods to increase productivity and profits.

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Apr 30, 2018

Brain imaging show that patients with Alzheimer’s disease can still remember and enjoy their favorite songs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, media & arts, neuroscience

Not surprising and yet fascinating to actually see — “The researchers found that music activates the brain, causing whole regions to communicate. By listening to the personal soundtrack, the visual network, the salience network, the executive network and the cerebellar and corticocerebellar network pairs all showed significantly higher functional connectivity.”

“Ever get chills lis­ten­ing to a par­tic­u­lar­ly mov­ing piece of music? You can thank the salience net­work of the brain for that emo­tion­al joint. Sur­pris­ing­ly, this region also remains an island of remem­brance that is spared from the rav­ages of Alzheimer’s dis­ease. Researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Utah Health are look­ing to this region of the brain to devel­op music-based treat­ments to help alle­vi­ate anx­i­ety in patients with demen­tia. Their research will appear in the April online issue of The Jour­nal of Pre­ven­tion of Alzheimer’s Disease…

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Apr 29, 2018

Prosthetic Memory System Successful in Humans, Study Finds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, engineering, neuroscience

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California (USC) have demonstrated the successful implementation of a prosthetic system that uses a person’s own memory patterns to facilitate the brain’s ability to encode and recall memory.

In the pilot study, published in today’s Journal of Neural Engineering, participants’ short-term memory performance showed a 35 to 37 percent improvement over baseline measurements. The research was funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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Apr 29, 2018

An Introductory Guide to Understand how ANNs Conceptualize New Ideas (using Embedding)

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Here’s something you don’t hear everyday – everything we perceive is just a best case probabilistic prediction by our brain, based on our past encounters and knowledge gained through other mediums. This might sound extremely counter intuitive because we have always imagined that our brain mostly gives us deterministic answers.

We’ll do a small experiment to showcase this logic. Take a look at the below image:

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Apr 29, 2018

How to Increase Klotho (Protein) + Gene Associations

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience

Klotho increased intelligence helps you regenerate muscle is an anti-aging and health-promoting significantly enhances our antioxidant balance.

Klotho is a protein that can make you more intelligent and live longer. Read on about how to increase it.

If you want to interpret your genes, you can use SelfDecode.

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Apr 26, 2018

This Start-Up Wants to Upload Your Brain to a Computer

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

This tech might be able to recreate your consciousness in a computer. The only catch? You have to die.

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Apr 25, 2018

Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Brain in a vat technology?

If it were tried on a person, it might mean awakening in the ultimate sensory deprivation chamber.

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Apr 25, 2018

Stem Cell Implants in the Brain Could Delay Aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

Scientists at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine have conducted experiments and found that stem cell implants in the brains of mice can stop aging and help the treated animals remain fitter for longer.

What part of the brain controls aging?

The experiments have helped researchers identify that a part of the brain called the hypothalamus is intimately involved in the aging process. The investigators hope to launch trials in humans to see whether similar treatments with neural stem cells can prolong the life of treated individuals.

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