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Down the Quantum Rabbit Hole

Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff believes tiny structures in our cells called microtubules could explain consciousness. Steve Craft<p>Fellow scientists …

Consciousness

Create And/Or Translate Online Books For An Authentic Audience With StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver looks like an amazing site that is designed to create and translate children’s books into a ton of different languages and make them …

Language Learning

Ancient Cave Drawings and Early Human Language Linked in New Study

Sound echoing within caves may have also influenced what early humans put on rock walls.<p>Thousands of years ago, an early human ventured deep within a cave, where sound reverberated off the walls. Perhaps by either speaking or walking, they generated the sound reminiscent of a hoof. To represent …

Research

The Two Words That Will Help Get an Airline Upgrade Over the Phone

<i>At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our</i> …

Downton Abbey

Is Our Mind A Time Traveller ?

This seems to be an odd statement. But there are a lot of mysteries, which we are unable to understand about our brain. With recent advances in …

Consciousness

Philosopher King

<b>The classical philosophy that Xi Jinping ignores – by Sam Crane</b><p>In his first five-year term as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and …

China

MIT’s new chip could bring neural nets to battery-powered gadgets

MIT researchers have developed a chip designed to speed up the hard work of running neural networks, while also reducing the power consumed when doing so dramatically – by up to 95 percent, in fact. The basic concept involves simplifying the chip design so that shuttling of data between different …

Deep Learning

Israel develops pocket-size device to test for heart attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> It starts with an uncomfortable pressure gripping the center of your chest. A sharp pain shoots through your arms, neck and jaw. Your breath starts to shorten; you feel a growing urge to vomit.<p>What do you do next? Nearly half of Americans do nothing.<p>A report from the US Centers for Disease …

Medicine

What Will The Rise of Conscious Machines Mean for Human Beings?

Zombies and aliens may not be a realistic threat to our species. But there’s one stock movie villain we can’t be so sanguine about: sentient robots. …

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Quantum Mechanics

Imverse’s groundbreaking mixed reality renders you inside VR

What if you could look down and see your actual arms and legs inside VR, or look at other real-world people or objects as if you weren’t wearing a headset?<p>The team at Imverse spent five years building this incredible technology at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne. “We …

Virtual Reality

This Trick Works Every Time for Crispy Tofu

No matter how you drain it or press it, tofu is a fickle thing. Especially when you want it to have a crisped exterior and flavor-packed interior. Deep frying it will do the trick, but doing that at home isn’t always possible (or safe), and many of us are trying our darnedest to stick to our …

Recipes

Chocolate Hummus Is Better Than Cookie Dough—Here’s How to Make it at Home

Not going to lie, when I first heard chocolate hummus was a new thing, I couldn't decide whether it was genius or downright weird. Now that I've made …

Dessert

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy. Alex Hern explains what they are – and whether this is the end of ‘real’ money<p><b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since …

Bitcoin

Scientists are closer to making artificial brains that operate like ours do

The Missing Piece<p>A new superconducting switch could soon enable computers to make decisions very similarly to the way we do, essentially turning them …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript

Since its discovery over a hundred years ago, the 240-page Voynich manuscript, filled with seemingly coded language and inscrutable illustrations, of …

Artificial Intelligence

Mea Culpa: Delete the expletives – and I don’t mean the swear words

We used the expletive “when it comes to” 33 times this week. I had not realised that an “expletive” originally meant any unnecessary word or phrase …

Language

The Deep Roots of an Italian Song That Sounds Like English—But Is Just Nonsense

In 1972, fascination with American culture spurred an Italian showman to revive a medieval comic tradition.<p>Before children learn how to speak …

Language

This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Designed by Argodesign and CognitiveScale, Cortex offers a glimpse at the future of accessible AI design tools.<p>Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big …

Mark Rolston

Biotech execs tell us why 2018 is a good year to invest in the brain

The brain is still a massive challenge for the biotech industry.<p>The field of neuroscience has seen its fair share of ups and downs going into 2018. Pfizer said in January that it will be cutting 300 jobs as part of its closing of its neuroscience research and development program, and it was a …

Alzheimer's Disease

Are you sleepwalking now? What we know about mind-wandering – Thomas Metzinger

Imagine you are standing on the prow of a sailboat, watching a school of dolphins leaping left and right. When travelling long distances, jumping …

Consciousness

How Fast Is AI Progressing? Stanford’s New Report Card for Artificial Intelligence

When? This is probably the question that futurists, AI experts, and even people with a keen interest in technology dread the most. It has proved …

Artificial Intelligence

Magnum Mini Crossbow

RinkyDink3D’s tiny 3D-printed crossbow is designed to shoot matchsticks 50 feet or more. It’s got built-in storage for up to 10 extra projectiles, …

‘Emotions are learnt, not instinctive’

Globally, social isolation remains a major source of mental illness, but not all mentally ill patients are aggressive in nature.<p>Neurobiologist Dr. …

Cilia in the brain may be busier than previously thought

A hairlike appendage sticking out of brain cells may be much more important in the brain than scientists realized.

E-Skin Lets You Manipulate Objects in Real and Virtual Worlds

When it comes to virtual reality systems, sensors that ‘fit like a glove’ aren’t good enough anymore. Now, we want such sensors to fit more like …

Nanotech

Add 3D vision to any device or machine with Intel's new turnkey RealSense depth cameras

Intel is making it incredibly easy to add depth-sensing capabilities to virtually any device or machine with its new depth cameras. The D415 and …

SpaceX's latest mission prepares to make history

With its maiden launch approaching, the Falcon Heavy will become the world's most powerful rocket.<p>When the world's most powerful rocket leaves the …

5 must-read articles about conversational user interface

Since starting to work on a digital team in January, I have been devouring articles about tech trends. A topic that keeps popping up is …

Does the Mind Exist?

Does the mind exist if you can’t measure it? What is consciousness? Why are we here? These questions make for good goop water cooler talk (see our …