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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

‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ Director Ridley Scott Launches VR Film Division

Posted by in categories: alien life, augmented reality, entertainment, virtual reality

Ridley Scott Associates (RSA), the film production company of famed director Ridley Scott, is launching RSA VR, a new division dedicated to the production of high-end immersive films using VR, AR, and mixed reality. Scott and co. is known for work on acclaimed films such as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), and more throughout his career as a director now going on 40 years.

RSA today announced the launch of RSA VR, a formalization and expansion of RSA’s recent work in VR space which has included the production of The Martian VR Experience (2016) and a forthcoming Alien: Covenant experience.

In a prepared release, the studio calls RSA VR, “a new division dedicated exclusively to the creative development and production of VR, AR and mixed media.”

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Apr 20, 2017

The 4 Most Important Things Facebook Just Announced

Posted by in category: futurism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his vision of the social network’s future during the annual F8 developers conference Tuesday.

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Apr 20, 2017

Yayoi Kusama at Hirshhorn

Posted by in category: futurism

Why is “Infinity Mirrors” attracting record crowds?

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Apr 20, 2017

Neuroscientists Can Now Read Your Dreams With a Simple Brain Scan

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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

Augmented reality postcards

Posted by in category: augmented reality

This company is spicing up postcards with augmented reality.

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Apr 20, 2017

Socratic: Socratic app can solve your math problems

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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

Amino acids in diet could be key to starving cancer

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Starving cancer via amino acids looks like a promising approach.

Cutting out certain amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — from the diet of mice slows tumor growth and prolongs survival, according to new research published in Nature.

Researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Glasgow found that removing two non-essential amino acids — serine and glycine — from the diet of mice slowed the development of lymphoma and intestinal cancer.

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Apr 20, 2017

Join Us: Become a Lifespan Hero!

Posted by in category: life extension

Calling all Longevity Superheroes!

We have launched our Lifespan Heroes campaign to raise funds for LEAF so we can continue delivering quality content, exclusive interviews, scientific commentaries, advocacy and more.

We have made amazing progress over the last two years thanks to our volunteers, but now we need some help from our heroes — the longevity community.

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