David Ferguson

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Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?

It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.<p>75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, …

Artificial Intelligence

What novels reveal about our brains | Daniel Glaser

Psychological thrillers are a great way of understanding the skewed perception of first-person consciousness<p>With the hotly anticipated <i>Into The Water</i> by Paula Hawkins out next month, the interest in psychological thrillers isn’t going away. The genre’s preoccupations are shared with neuroscience - …

Consciousness

Arguments about (paradoxical) arguments

As regular readers know, I understand paradoxes to be a particular type of argument. In particular, a paradox is an argument:<p>That begins with</i> …

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Our Brains May be 100 Times More Powerful Than We Thought

The human brain is so powerful that some intelligent computers called neural networks are patterned after how the human brain works. As such, …

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

Hiding From the Law Is Now Pretty Much Impossible

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 02.25.17.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 am. 9:00 am<p>The new CBS …

Darren Aronofsky on the films behind 'The Wrestler'

‘The Wrestler’ is the latest work by Darren Aronofsky, the 39-year-old director of ‘Pi’ and ‘Requiem for a Dream’. It’s interesting for three …

Artificial intelligence: Cooperation vs. aggression

There's been a lot of buzz about some experiments at DeepMind that study whether AI systems will be aggressive or collaborative when playing a game. …

Google’s AI got “highly aggressive” when competition got stressful in a fruit-picking game

Let’s pretend you care, very much, about winning a game. The competition heats up, your opposition’s closing in, and you’re at risking of losing. What do you do? If your competitive streak is alive and well, then you get aggressive. Forget decorum, focus on the prize, and shove your opponent out of …

Artificial Intelligence

Heal yourself from inside your dreams

I WAS scrambling away from a monstrous dark figure when I started to have the sneaking feeling that I had been here before, running from this man. I …

Emotions are generated by the conscious brain, not the subconscious

A new theory of emotion overturns established view of where feelings arise in the brain.<p>Emotions are created in the conscious part of the brain and …

Essential reading: nine experts on the books that inspired them

From film to philosophy, from music to history and economics, masters of their crafts pick the five books they could not live without<p>Author Alain de Botton is known for applying philosophical concepts to everyday life; his books include <i>How Proust Can Change Your Life</i> (1997), <i>Status Anxiety</i> (2004) …

Emotional Intelligence

Intelligent Machines are Teaching Themselves Quantum Physics

Machine learning could lead to unprecedented advances in quantum physics.<p>Last year, Google's DeepMind AI beat Lee Sedol at Go, a strategy game like chess, but orders of magnitude more complicated. The win was a remarkable step forward for the field of artificial intelligence, but it got Roger …

Mind maps: the beauty of brain cells – in pictures

The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries

Drawing

Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness

Recently, a conference on artificial intelligence, tantalizingly titled “Superintelligence: Science or Fiction?”, was hosted by the Future of Life …

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate

Unsurprisingly, they do both<p>In the future, it’s likely that many aspects of human society will be controlled — either partly or wholly — by artificial intelligence. AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but …

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical - MIT Technology Review

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.<p>Experiments like those that let …

University of Florida

Can Babies Understand the World From Birth?

There are surprising similarities between their brains and adults’.<p>Rebecca Saxe’s first son, Arthur, was just a month old when he first entered the bore of an MRI machine to have his brain scanned. Saxe, a cognitive scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, went headfirst with him: …

The Brain

Will AI be the next big smartphone feature?

Amazon’s “artificial intelligence” software or should we say smart assistant, Alexa, was the quiet star of CES 2017, appearing in a huge range of products, from fridges to smart lamps, to cars. Alexa has even made its debut in its first smartphone, the Huawei Mate 9 – Alexa, and this could be the …

Top 10 Reasons to Root Your Android Phone

Android is one of the most open, versatile, and customizable mobile operating systems out there. You may think you don't need to root your phone, but …

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017 - MIT Technology Review

Last year was huge for advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. But 2017 may well deliver even more. Here are five key things to …