Thousands of people protested in Hungary against a controversial new labour law and the rule of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Sunday's protest, called "Merry Xmas Mr Prime Minister" by organisers, was the fourth and biggest demonstration in a week by leftist opposition parties, student groups, trade unions and ordinary people against the nationalist government. Protesters waved Hungarian and European Union flags in Budapest as they walked from Heroes' Square towards parliament in crisp winter weather. They held up banners and shouted slogans including "Don't steal" and "Independent courts". Citizens in cities outside the capital such as Gyor, Szeged, Miskolc and Debrecen demonstrated for the first time on Sunday.
This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue to fail, the "panpsychist" view is increasingly being taken seriously by credible philosophers, neuroscientists, and physicists, including figures such as neuroscientist Christof Koch and physicist Roger Penrose. "Why should we think common sense is a good guide to what the universe is like?" says Philip Goff, a philosophy professor at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. "Einstein tells us weird things about the nature of time that counters common sense; quantum mechanics runs counter to common sense. David Chalmers, a philosophy of mind professor at New York University, laid out the "hard problem of consciousness" in 1995, demonstrating that there was still no answer to the question of what causes consciousness. Traditionally, two dominant perspectives, materialism and dualism, have provided a framework for solving this problem.
Researchers from MIT's Computer Science AI Lab (CSAIL) are developing methods for using wireless radio signals to detect sensors inside the human body. The ReMix system could be used to find ingestible microchip implants, a technique its creators hope can someday assist in medical imaging, delivering drugs to specific parts of the body, or tracking the movement of tumors. A study detailing the team's findings is being presented this week at the SIGCOMM international conference in Budapest, Hungary. Initial tests were conducted by placing a microchip inside a fake tumor and then placing that fake tumor into varying forms of animal tissue, like a whole chicken, pork belly, or containers of chicken fat or phantom human tissue. The system was created in collaboration with researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital.
Budapest-based startup HeartBit is looking to refresh the fitness wearables category with an electrocardiogram (ECG) device created in partnership with IBM. Instead, it's a system of five sensors spanning three leads and embedded in a silicone chest strap. Each sensor gathers electrical signal data generated by a heartbeat at a rate of 2,000Hz per electrode. That adds up for a total of 10,000 data points per second, compared to the standard measurements taken by other wearables at around two to three data points per second. That makes HeartBit easily capable of being the most comprehensive heart-measuring wearable ever created.
Hoteliers in Hungary must be loving life right about now. In 2018, Hungary set a record of 31 million hotel nights booked by tourists. From obnoxious British stag do goers to snap-happy Chinese mainlanders, the streets of Budapest – that's Hungary's capital city for the geographically challenged – are chock full of people enjoying the "Paris of the East." It's a city built on a vast network of underground caves and springs which means there's plenty of sauna action to be found, not just for the sort of lads who cruise Soho's Sweatbox on weekday nights. We recently airdropped one of our MBAs into the city center to bathe in its healing waters and speak with a startup that's trying to heal people using artificial intelligence.