Wayne Stelk

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From mullet to math genius after a concussion

When Jason Padgett pours cream into his morning coffee, this is what he sees:<p>“I watch the cream stirred into the brew. The perfect spiral is an …

Cybathalon 2016: A Competition for Augmented Humans

The Olympic Games are a competition for the fittest and most talented able-bodied humans on Earth. The Paralympic Games are a competition for the …

Mind-reading program translates brain activity into words

Scientists have picked up fragments of people's thoughts by decoding the brain activity caused by words that they hear.<p>The remarkable feat has given researchers fresh insight into how the brain processes language, and raises the tantalising prospect of devices that can return speech to the …

A Brain Implant that Thinks - MIT Technology Review

Researchers have used a neural implant to recapture a lost decision-making process in monkeys—demonstrating that a neural prosthetic can recover …

The Brain

could you pass the Turing Test?

<b>As mentioned already on The Conversation and other websites, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed British mathematician Alan</b> …

Bot or not? Try to tell a human poet from a computer

How good are you at telling the difference between words written by a human and words written by a computer? Maybe after taking the Bot or Not test, …

The Value of Science Fiction in Understanding the Singularity

Many contend that science fiction has no place in the discussion of artificial intelligence and the singularity. In my opinion, that’s not true.<p>They …

AI researcher: Amoral robots pose a danger to humanity

With robots becoming increasingly powerful, intelligent and autonomous, a scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute said it's time to start …

AI Could Kill Us All: Meet the Man Taking the Threat Seriously

Thinking about the end of the world is something that most people try to avoid; for others, it’s a profession. The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, UK specializes in looking at the ‘big-picture’ future of the human race, and notably, the risks that could wipe us out …

Michio Kaku and the Mysteries of the Mind

Physicist Michio Kaku, author of the new book The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, on exploring the universe via avatars, the probable intelligence of aliens, and uploading memories back into the brains of Alzheimer's patients.<p>What is …

The Brain

Why Ray Kurzweil is Wrong: Computers Won't Be Smarter Than Us Anytime Soon

<i>“When Kurzweil first started talking about the “singularity”, a conceit he borrowed from the science-fiction writer Vernor Vinge, he was dismissed as</i> …

Paul Allen offers up $8M for artificial intelligence researchers to uncover ‘world-changing breakthroughs’

For the fourth year in a row, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is taking proposals from researchers interested in working on using “risky, novel …

Did That Just Happen? How Your Brain Alters Mental Timelines

It sounds like a scene from a detective novel: The witness sees a body falling from the window, and then hears a loud noise that sounds like the body …

b>Devangshu Datta:</b> Robots and us

In 1950, Alan Turing, dismissed the question "Can machines think?" as meaningless. In a paper titled "Computing machinery and intelligence", he …

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future - MIT Technology Review

It’s been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves …

Artificial Intelligence: War’s New Grammar

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in the defense community. Since the publication of P.W. Singer’s <i>Wired for War</i>, analysts have debated …

Online Dating & Relationships

One in ten Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app themselves, and many people now know someone else who uses online dating or …

6 new findings about Millennials

America is in the throes of a huge demographic shift, and a major factor in this sea change is the Millennial generation, which is forging its own …

Can a Computer Fall in Love if It Doesn't Have a Body?

Much has been written about Spike Jonze's <i>Her</i>, the Oscar-nominated tale of love between man and operating system. It's an allegory about relationships …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Wasp That Enslaves Cockroaches With a Sting to the Brain

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 02.28.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>In the 1962 film <i>The Manchurian Candidate</i>, …

What Happens in the Brain When Blind People Learn to See With Sound

Deprived of sight, blind people manage to squeeze an amazing amount of information out of their other senses. Doing this requires their brains to do …

Google Chairman Sees Bright Future with Robot Integration

If science fiction has taught us anything about the future its these two important lessons: First, that robots will one day walk among us, perhaps …

Scientists can now control flies' brains with lasers

A laser beam can alter a fly’s behavior and make it mate with just about anything — even a ball of wax, according to scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The researchers have developed an experiment which involves shining an infrared laser directly at the head of a fly whose brain has …

The architecture of your cerebral cortex is surprisingly logical - Futurity

Researchers have identified eight distinct neural subnetworks that together form the connectivity infrastructure of the mammalian cerebral cortex.

In pictures: Child's play inside the Birkbeck Babylab - Telegraph

The Brain

Do genes make some rats binge on frosting? - Futurity

Two strains of rats, vanilla frosting, and a theory get researchers one step closer to finding genetic causes, and eventually a treatment, for binge …

This Wearable Robot Lifts 110 Pounds In Each Hand

It's not exactly "Iron Man," but then again, it is real.<p>The days of idling wishing for a wearable robot are gone. Researchers at the Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in San Giuliano Terme, Italy, have created a "robo-suit" that is capable of lifting 50 kilograms (110 pounds) with each of its arms.<p>The …

5 Glasses That Can Change How You See The World

20/20 vision<p>Google Glass might not have done much to move fashion forward, but it has inspired a bevy of copycats—many of which will be on the market before Glass. Some of them are subtle, some futuristic, and some seem plucked straight from 1950s B-movies. The common thread: All of them will …