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Facebook reportedly looking to design its own chips

The social network may join other tech giants reducing dependence on chipmakers, Bloomberg reports. Its processors could help with AI and Oculus VR headsets.<p>Facebook is assembling a team to design its own semiconductors, joining other tech titans that have recently invested in building their own …

Machine Learning

The Important Theorem of Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes (1701 – 1761)<p>On April 17, 1761, English mathematician and Presbyterian minister <b>Thomas Bayes</b> passed away. He is best known as name giver …

Mathematics

Brain implants put paralyzed man back in touch with himself

Researchers at Caltech have induced a range of sensations in the arm of a paralyzed man. The breakthrough comes courtesy of electrodes implanted in …

Neurophilosophy

Ockham's Razor

William of Ockham (c.1287-1347)<p>Probably on April 10, 1347, English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian <b>William of Ockham</b> passed …

British Philosophy

Conserve the Sound is an archive of noises from old tape players, projectors and other dying tech

All of us grew up around tech different from what we have today, and many of us look back on those devices with fondness. But can you recall the exact sound your first Casio keyboard made, or the cadence of a rotary phone’s clicks? Conserve the Sound aims to, well, conserve the sound of gadgets …

Gear & Gadgets

This clever new font combines braille with Latin and Japanese alphabets

In an effort to make braille more accessible for the visually impaired in signage and printed media, Tokyo-based designer Kosuke Takahashi has hit upon a novel solution that merges those characters with English and Japanese alphabets, so they appear in the same place.<p>Essentially, the fonts in …

Typography

Edmund Husserl's Phenomenology

Edmund Husserl (1859 – 1938)<p>On April 8, 1859, German philosopher and mathematician <b>Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl</b> was born. He is best know as the …

Philosophy

The robots are coming – for as many as 800 million jobs

More than a fifth of the global labour force - 800 million workers - might lose their jobs because of automation.<p>That’s the alarming conclusion of a …

Labor Economics

This is how our brains form memories

<b>In brief</b><p>A research team mapped the electrical connections generated when surgical patients with electrodes implanted directly on their brains created …

MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head

When you think a sentence in your head, your brain sends signals to your mouth and jaw. MIT Media Lab's headset reads those signals with 92 percent accuracy.<p>I don't want to alarm you, but robots can now read your mind. Kind of.<p>AlterEgo is a new headset developed by MIT Media Lab. You strap it to …

MIT Media Lab

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Neuroscience

Visual recognition: seeing the world through the eyes of rodents

Man or woman, happy or sad. Sometimes a glance is enough to say it. Yet, the visual process that allows us to recognize the gender or emotional state …

Machine Perception

Worn Like a Helmet, a New Brain Scanner Aims to Make It Easier to Treat Kids with Epilepsy

A brain scanner now used to guide treatment of patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders is bulky and challenging to use on fidgety …

Scanners

Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC supports mid-range AI photography and enhanced face detection

Samsung’s low and mid-end smartphones can be mighty confusing, with names like Galaxy J2 Pro (2018), On7 Prime, J7+, Pro and Max, and the same goes …

Phones

Stem cell patch allows word-blind patients to read again

Two patients suffering the most common form of sight loss in Britain can read again after a groundbreaking stem cell patch was transplanted into their eyes.<p>An 86-year-old man, and a woman in her 60s, had both been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes …

Happy or sad, the colour of your face reveals how you feel

People able to identify others’ feelings from changes in facial blood flow alone up to 75% of the time, study says<p>Subtle shifts in blood flow colour around the face provide key insights into a person’s emotions that fellow humans are able to interpret, a study suggests.<p>Researchers found that people …

Ohio State University

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

Alphabet's health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smartwatches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division now have a new endeavor: Assessing heart disease risk by staring into …

People with tetraplegia master brain implant in minutes - Futurity

A new technique allowed three people with tetraplegia to master use of a brain-computer interface in a few minutes. One participant needed only 37 …

This Google AI created a ‘child’ AI to help it solve problems

<b>In brief</b><p>Google's AutoML project, designed to make AI build other AIs, has now developed a computer vision system that vastly outperforms …

Artificial Intelligence

How do we decode the brain?

Decoding the Brain<p>Researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs alike are working on developing brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). Among them is Elon …

Neurophilosophy

Open Neural Network Exchange Project Aims To Bring Interoperability Among Deep Learning Frameworks

AWS, Facebook and Microsoft have collaborated to build Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), which makes it possible to reuse trained neural network models across multiple frameworks. Since its announcement in September 2017, various players including AMD, ARM, IBM, Intel, Huawei, NVIDIA and …

Deep Learning

H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate whether science is humanity’s best hope continues today

In the midst of contemporary science’s stunning discoveries and innovations – for example, 2017 alone brought the editing of a human embryo’s genes, …

In ‘Life 3.0,’ Max Tegmark Explores a Robotic Utopia — or Dystopia

What happens when machines outperform us at everything? The MIT physicist says we’d better align their goals with ours, before it’s too late.<p>There …

Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

In <i>The Devil's Dictionary</i>, Ambrose Bierce describes the mind as "a mysterious form of matter secreted by the brain," engaged in a futile attempt to understand itself "with nothing but itself to know itself with."<p>Questions about the limits of self-understanding have persisted long after Bierce's 1911 …

Consciousness

The art of note-taking: How this GeekWire Summit artist turns conversations into inspiring visual maps

Note-taking can be a mundane and repetitive process that doesn’t always help inspire innovative new ideas. But that all changes when Guillaume Wiatr …

Spencer Rascoff

What Is Synesthesia?

Synesthesia is a neurological condition that causes the brain to process data in the form of several senses at once. For example, a person with …

Talking About Death in America: An Anthropologist’s View

In order to break the silence that shapes contemporary American attitudes toward death, we must explore our own relationship to it.<p>Back in February, …

Melanesia

Study shows robots are better at slicing humans open than humans are

Human surgeons are some of the most skilled, precise individuals on the planet, but no amount of training and experience can make them better at …

Robotics

In pursuit of independence, Todd Stabelfeldt urges techies at GeekWire Summit: ‘Make my life real’

If you’re playing a role, any role, in creating technology, Todd Stabelfeldt — AKA “The Quadfather” — has a message for you. (And when The Quadfather …

Enterprise Tech