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To Live Your Best Life, Do Mathematics

The ancient Greeks argued that the best life was filled with beauty, truth, justice, play and love. The mathematician Francis Su knows just where to …

Hive Mind: New Approach Could Improve on Crowd Wisdom

A wealth of data suggests that averaging the answers of many people often outperforms any individual, even expert, opinion. The wisdom of the crowd …

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Neuroscientists Can Now Tell How Smart You Are From a Brain Scan

It sounds like sci-fi, but it's happening right now at Yale.<p>Intelligence is wildly complicated. There are a variety of different types, from spatial to mathematical to musical ability, and raw talent interacts with our habits of mind and the situation to make us functionally smarter or dumber at …

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

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A New Innovation for Type 2 Diabetes

<i>This essay appears in today’s edition of the</i> Fortune <i>Brainstorm Health Daily. Get it delivered straight to your inbox.</i><p>It is often the simple fixes …

If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."--Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union<p>No, America, you don't have to vote.<p>In fact, vote or don't vote, the police state will continue to trample us underfoot.<p>Devil or deliverer, the candidate who …

Watch AI hack into AI at DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge

Today is the grand finals of DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), where seven teams pit their technology against each other at the largest annual hacker conference in the world – DEF CON 24 – in Las Vegas. And the team with the best autonomous security tech will win $2 million.<p>The field of …

Landmark Study Identifies Key Brain Difference In Autism

Scientists linked differences in neurotransmitter activity to hypersensitivity in individuals with autism.<p>Neuroscientists at Harvard and MIT have identified, for the first time, a link between the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA and symptoms of autism -- a finding that may pave the way for …

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …

Intelligence genes discovered by scientists

Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not so bright.<p>Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.<p>Researchers have believed for some time that …

Apple has a new patent for a projector that uses augmented reality

Apple's augmented reality projector includes two key pieces of technology.<p>First of all, it has a camera that scans an environment like a room or an office. It builds a digital model of that space, and detects which surfaces it can project images onto. The second part of the AR projector would be, …

There's a Hidden Connection Between Pi and Quantum Mechanics

Physicists have uncovered a hidden connection between a famous 350-year-old mathematical formula for <i>pi,</i> everyone’s favorite irrational number, and …

Sydney scientists have created a chip which uses quantum physics to stop hackers

Australian physicists have developed the holy grail of secure communication, a chip using photonic entanglement and small enough for phones and …

MIT's robot borrows quick reflexes from a human pilot

Based on what we've seen at DARPA's Robotics challenge finals, most humanoid machines are still stiff and hilariously clumsy. MIT's new robot named "Hermes," however, moves a bit more gracefully and has human-like reflexes -- because it's hooked up to a human controller. Think <i>Pacific Rim</i>, except …

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