Can math predict what you'll do next?


Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future. Meteorologists study atmospheric pressure and wind speed to predict the trajectories of future storms. A biologist may predict the growth of a tumor based on its current size and development. A financial analyst may try to predict the ups and downs of a stock based on things like market capitalization or cash flow. Perhaps even more interesting than the above phenomena is that of predicting the behavior of human beings.

Why NEURALINK is a Really Bad Idea


This retrospective is all about Elon Musk's new company Neuralink, and why I don't think merging with Artificial Intelligence is such a good idea.

AI brain chips will 'evolve' humanity into 'zombies'

Daily Mail

AI brain chips are set to'evolve' humanity into a'community of zombies', a prominent neuroscientist has claimed. Those implanting AI into their mind risk merging with machines to the point that humans and androids are indistinguishable from one another, the expert said. It was recently revealed that a tech company backed by billionaire Elon Musk is developing a'brain-computer interface' that could give people super intelligence and allow them to communicate telepathically. Dr Mikhail Lebedev, a senior neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham claims AI brain chips are set to'evolve' humanity into a'community of zombies' (stock image) Kernel is currently working on prototypes of a brain implant device for medical use in humans. The firm has started to conduct tests with epilepsy patients in hospitals.

Announcing the General Availability of Azure Bot Service and Language Understanding, enabling developers to build better conversational bots


Conversational AI, or making human and computer interactions more natural, has been a goal since technology became ubiquitous in our society. Our mission is to bring conversational AI tools and capabilities to every developer and every organization on the planet, and help businesses augment human ingenuity in unique and differentiated ways. Today, I'm excited to announce Microsoft Azure Bot Service and Microsoft Cognitive Services Language Understanding (LUIS) are both generally available. Azure Bot Service enables developers to create conversational interfaces on multiple channels while Language Understanding (LUIS) helps developers create customized natural interactions on any platform for any type of application, including bots. Making these two services generally available on Azure simultaneously extends the capabilities of developers to build custom models that can naturally interpret the intentions of people conversing with bots.

Why AI is becoming the disease detective


AI also raises the prospect of affordable healthcare for all. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 400 million people do not have access to one or more essential health services, and 6% of those in low and middle-income countries are pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending. In the future, we will see physicians working in partnership with AI – enabling technology to free up their time to concentrate on treatment of the disease as opposed to the diagnosis. Here we look at areas where AI promises to have a real impact on chronic and infectious diseases, from diagnosis and treatment plans to containing the global outbreaks of the likes of SARs and Ebola. Nearly 18 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease, according to WHO.

Why Your Brain Hates Other People - Issue 55: Trust


As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing chimps and those playing gorillas ate in separate groups. It's been said, "There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don't." In reality, there's lots more of the former.

AI brain chips will create a new breed of superhumans

Daily Mail

Humans may soon be able to communicate while in complete silence if a company's new'brain augmentation' technology becomes a reality. A'brain-computer interface' could mean people communicate telepathically - and are able to solve complex problems in as little as a few seconds. Implanting a microchip into your brain may sound like the plot from a science fiction blockbuster, but some claim this technology could be a reality within 15 years. A'brain-computer interface' could mean people communicate telepathically - and could solve complex problems in as little as a few seconds, an expert has claimed (stock image) Kernel is currently working on prototypes of a brain implant device for medical use in humans. The firm has started to conduct tests with epilepsy patients in hospitals.

A 'Google Maps' for the Mouse Brain Details Neurons Like Never Before


Ask any neuroscientist to draw you a neuron, and it'll probably look something like a star with two tails: one stubby with extensive tree-like branches, the other willowy, lengthy and dotted with spindly spikes. While a decent abstraction, this cartoonish image hides the uncomfortable truth that scientists still don't know much about what many neurons actually look like, not to mention the extent of their connections. But without untangling the jumbled mess of neural wires that zigzag across the brain, scientists are stumped in trying to answer one of the most fundamental mysteries of the brain: how individual neuronal threads carry and assemble information, which forms the basis of our thoughts, memories, consciousness, and self. What if there was a way to virtually trace and explore the brain's serpentine fibers, much like the way Google Maps allows us to navigate the concrete tangles of our cities' highways? Thanks to an interdisciplinary team at Janelia Research Campus, we're on our way.

Humans 2.0: meet the entrepreneur who wants to put a chip in your brain

The Guardian

Bryan Johnson isn't short of ambition. The founder and CEO of neuroscience company Kernel wants "to expand the bounds of human intelligence". He is planning to do this with neuroprosthetics; brain augmentations that can improve mental function and treat disorders. Put simply, Kernel hopes to place a chip in your brain. It isn't clear yet exactly how this will work.

Students launch products that help users harness their superpowers

MIT News

Even superheroes need products to enhance their powers. Wonder Woman has the lasso of truth. On Monday evening, teams of mechanical engineering students unveiled new products with their own power-extending capabilities. These students of 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes), have spent the semester developing and designing a product prototype centered around this year's theme: "Super!" Products ranged from the fun (a game blind and sighted people can play together) to the life-saving (a real-time system for search and rescue teams) to the life-changing (a wearable device that minimizes the effects of tremors in Parkinson's patients).