Neuroscience


Society in the brain Dr. Danilo Bzdok TEDxRWTHAachen

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Researcher Danilo Bzdok explains how our brains have been shaped by the necessity to establish relationships with other humans. The ability to effectively interact with friends and enemies, he proposes, might even be at the basis of all human. Dr. Danilo Bzdok is a former RWTH Aachen student and now Post-Doc in cognitive neuroscience and data mining at the Jülich Research Center. Working on another PhD in informatics, Mr Bzdok has a thorough understanding of how big data can help solving the greatest riddels about the human brain.


Elon Musk's Neuralink startup raises $39 MILLION as it seeks to develop brain to computer tech

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Elon Musk-backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers has raised most of its $51 million funding target. According to a report by Bloomberg, Neuralink has raised $39 million of its planned $51 million funding round as per a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior funding rounds date back two years when the company raised $27 million after aiming for as much as $100 million. While it's unclear what progress Neuralink has made in its technology, if any, the filings come less than a month after the SpaceX and Tesla CEO foreshadowed the startup's endeavors in an ambiguous tweet. In a response on Twitter, Musk said Neuralink technology is'coming soon.' Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence.


Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

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One rainy day, Bill was riding his bicycle when the mail truck in front of him suddenly stopped. The crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. His autonomy, or what's left of it, comes from voice controls that let him lower and lift the blinds in his room or adjust the angle of his motorized bed. For everything else, he relies on round-the-clock care. Bill doesn't know Anne, who has Parkinson's disease; her hands shake when she tries to apply makeup or weed the garden.


Elon Musk claims Neuralink technology that will connect human brain with computers is 'coming soon'

Daily Mail

Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence. In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be'coming soon.' Musk has yet to offer up any more details on when or how the tech will come to fruition. Neuralink has previously teased a product that would effectively connect human brains to computers using a tiny implanted chip. Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence. In a recent tweet, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said technology from his latest company, Neuralink, will be'coming soon' In a new interview, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink will have the technology ready to merge human brains with machines'within the next decade' While many tech leaders push that AI will become invaluable to humanity, others argue it poses a threat to our species.


Elon Musk says Neuralink machine that connects human brain to computers 'coming soon'

The Independent

Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers. The entrepreneur took to Twitter to tell followers the technology would be "coming soon" – though he failed to provide details. Neuralink was set up in 2016 with the ambitious goal of developing hardware to enhance the human brain, however, little about how this will work has been made public. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.


A Feature-Value Network as a Brain Model

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

This paper suggests a statistical framework for describing the relations between the physical and conceptual entities of a brain-like model. In particular, features and concept instances are put into context. This may help with understanding or implementing a similar model. The paper suggests that features are in fact the wiring. With this idea, the actual length of the connection is important, because it is related to neuron synchronization. The paper then suggests that the concepts are neuron-based and firing neurons are concept instances. Therefore, features become the static framework of the interconnected neural system and concepts are combinations of these, as determined by an external stimulus and the neural associations. Along with this statistical model, it is possible to propose a simplified design for the neuron itself, but based on the idea that it can vary its input and output signals. Some test results also help to support the theory.


3D-printed transparent mouse skull could be window to studying Alzheimer's and head injuries

Daily Mail

A transparent mouse skull which can be used as a window to the brain could provide new insights into human brain conditions like Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have developed the implant as an'unprecedented' way to monitor and visualise brain activity. Named the See-Shell, it's a 3D-printed replica of the animal's skull which can be used to surgically replace part of the mouse's head. Once in place, the See-Shell allows researchers to both record brain activity and take photos or video of the brain's surface in real time. The See-Shell allows scientists to see mice's brains in real time and picture changes in electrical activity as different areas of the organ are stimulated Scientists at the University of Minnesota developed the implant as a way of getting a better insight into the live brain's workings.


Scientists grow 'mini brains' which are able to contract muscles and connect to the spinal cord

Daily Mail

Mini brains have been grown in a lab by scientists striving to cure motor neuron disease. The tiny organoid - approximately the size of a lentil - was made of connected human brain cells. It was then able to create connections with nearby spinal cord and muscular tissue. Scientists say they were able to see it spontaneously merge with the spinal cord of the animal while also contracting the muscles. The tiny organoid - approximately the size of a lentil - was made of connected human brain cells.


Humans could achieve 'super-intelligence' in as little as five years with brain chips

Daily Mail

High-tech chips implanted in the brain could soon give humans an intelligence boost. Researchers have been working to develop minimally invasive methods to hack the human brain and squeeze out more of its potential. Recent technological advancements could make this possible within the next five years, Northwestern University neuroscientist Dr. Moran Cerf told CBS – but, he warns the move could also create new forms of social inequality. High-tech chips implanted in the brain could soon give humans an intelligence boost. Researchers have been working to develop minimally invasive methods to hack the human brain and squeeze out more of its potential.


r/MachineLearning - [D] r/compmathneuro, a community for computational neuroscience

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We are a small (but growing) community of people interested in computational neuroscience, from laymen, to students, PhDs, and researchers. Most posts revolve around new papers in the field, resources (e.g. Want to discuss a new connectomics paper? If you've ever been interested in computational neuroscience, check us out!