Singularity

We Are Entering the Era of the Brain Machine Interface

“Sharing your thoughts” takes on new meaning as Facebook and Elon Musk dive into your neurons.<p>Hello Backchannel folk, Steven here.<p>In a 2004 …

Neurophilosophy

How Can We Know Other People's "True Selves"?

<i>Summary: Researchers find evidence of a strong link between morality and identity.</i><p>Source: Texas A&M.<p><b>How can you ever really know someone? Researchers</b> …

Neurophilosophy

Scientists ponder the possibility of quantum consciousness

As AI improves, the mystery of consciousness interests more programmers and physicists.<p>Karla Lant explains:<p>This is probably in part because of the …

Consciousness

What if we’re living in a computer simulation?

Virtual reality technology is making great advances, but it has also helped popularise a theory long debated by philosophers and now gaining supporters in Silicon Valley – that the outside world is itself a simulation<p>Have you ever wondered if life is not exactly what it’s cracked up to be? OK, …

Virtual Reality

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, by way of blogger and cartoonist Tim Urban, has revealed in a 36,400-word illustrated explainer the thinking …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk wants to enhance us as superhuman cyborgs to deal with superintelligent AI

(credit: Neuralink Corp.)<p><i>It’s the year 2021. A quadriplegic patient has just had one million “neural lace” microparticles injected into her brain —</i> …

Cyborgs

Most Workers Have Held Off the Machines So Far

One of the scariest questions in economics is whether human labor will someday be made obsolete by machines. Consultants and academics put out reports telling you how likely you are to lose your job to a robot. Economists argue back and forth about whether it’s possible for humanity to go the way …

Business

Elon Musk Just Outlined How He'll Merge The Human Brain and AI

Musk’s History of AI Concerns<p>Elon Musk has made it clear that he is concerned about the extreme advancements being made in artificial intelligence …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk's new plan to save humanity from AI

Elon Musk has a new plan to protect humanity from artificial intelligence -- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.<p>In October 2014, Musk ignited a global discussion on the perils of artificial intelligence. Humans might be doomed if we make machines that are smarter than us, Musk warned. He called …

Elon Musk

Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future

Last month, I got a phone call.<p>Okay maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, and maybe those weren’t his exact words. But after learning about the …

Neurophilosophy

Here's Everything You Need to Know about Elon Musk's Human/AI Brain Merge

Neuralink Has Arrived<p>After weeks of anticipation, details on Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink have finally been revealed. In a …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk Says Neuralink Will Aid in Human "Memory Enhancement"

The public learned a lot more about Elon Musk’s new company, Neuralink, on Thursday in the form of a lengthy blog post on <i>WaitButWhy</i>, the highly …

Elon Musk

Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Neurophilosophy

Demis Hassabis: The World’s 100 Most Influential People

At least a decade ahead of expectations, Demis Hassabis and his team at DeepMind created AlphaGo, a software program that defeated Lee Sedol, one of …

Artificial Intelligence

Brain scans highlight a hidden, "higher" state of consciousness

Reaching a higher state of consciousness is a concept you're more likely to hear a spiritualist spout than a scientist, but now neuroscientists at …

Neurophilosophy

Increased spontaneous MEG signal diversity for psychoactive doses of ketamine, LSD and psilocybin

Article |<p>Open<p>Michael M. Schartner<br>• , Robin L. Carhart-Harris<br>• , Adam B. Barrett<br>• , Anil K. Seth<br>• & Suresh D. Muthukumaraswamy<p><i>Scientific Reports</i> <b>7</b>, Article …

Neurophilosophy

How Elon Musk and Neuralink aim to meld minds and machines with a ‘Wizard Hat’

Three weeks after word leaked out that billionaire deep-thinker Elon Musk was backing a venture called Neuralink, his detailed vision for linking …

Elon Musk

There's a Major Problem with AI's Decision Making

For eons, God has served as a standby for “things we don’t understand.” Once an innovative researcher or tinkering alchemist figures out the science …

Neurophilosophy

EMS Develops New Hydrogen Storage System

<b>JÜLICH, Germany</b> -- 500 bar stationary solution for Hydrogen Fuelling Stations to store more than 1000 kg of Hydrogen.<p>EMS starts the development of a …

Hydrogen

Facebook's Thought-Typing Brain Implant is Ambitious AF

Facebook’s most-advanced platform isn’t a new messenger bot, app, or even a solar-powered internet drone, it’s the human brain itself. The social …

Neurophilosophy

Facebook Finally Released Details on Their Top Secret Brain-Computer Interface

Facebook’s annual developers’ conference is in full swing this week. Ultimately, the event serves as an opportunity for the company to unveil their …

The Brain

Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Harry Huskey, one of the last surviving scientists in the vanguard of the computer revolution, who helped develop what was once billed as the first personal computer because it took only one person to operate, though it was the size of two refrigerators, died on April 9 at his home in Santa Cruz, …

Obituaries

Daniel Dennett Says Consciousness Is An Illusion, And He May Have A Point

<i>Cogito ergo sum</i> means "I think, therefore I am." That quote—coined by French philosopher René Descartes—is the cornerstone of modern philosophy. What …

Neurophilosophy

Silicon Valley’s elite have a new buzzword technology to dangle over our heads

One day we won’t need technology, because we’ll <i>be</i> the technology<i>.</i><p>At least that’s the promise of tech leaders like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Regina Dugan, who have all expressed interest (and Musk even started a company) around the idea of merging our brains with computers. At Facebook’s F8 …

Silicon Valley

Facebook is building brain-computer interfaces for typing and skin-hearing

Today at F8, Facebook revealed it has a team of 60 engineers working on building a brain-computer interface that will let you type with just your mind without invasive implants. The team plans to use optical imaging to scan your brain a hundred times per second to detect you speaking silently in …

Facebook

Spiritual Transcendence in Transhumanism

A peer-reviewed electronic journal published by the <b>Institute for Ethics and <br>Emerging Technologies</b><p>ISSN 1541-0099<p>17(1) – March 2008<p><b>Spiritual</b> …

Spirituality

Facebook’s Sci-Fi Plan for Typing with Your Mind and Hearing with Your Skin

A year ago, Facebook started up a special skunkworks team called Building 8 to focus on creating futuristic gadgets, saying the secretive projects …

Facebook

The brain interprets sarcasm in emoji the same way as in words, study shows

The brain interprets irony or sarcasm conveyed by an emoji in the same way that sarcasm is conveyed verbally, according to a new report from researchers at the linguistics department of the University of Illinois<p>Researchers measured brain activity of native English-speaking college students reading …

Neurology

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar<p>I first read Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Age of Spiritual …

Ray Kurzweil

Jürgen Schmidhuber on the robot future​: ‘They will pay as much attention to us as we do to ants'

The German computer scientist says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy<p>In a soft-furnished studio space behind a warehouse in west Berlin, a group of international scientists are debating our robot future. An …

Robots