Researchers have linked a human brain to the Internet for the first time ever

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A team of researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa have made a major breakthrough in the field of biomedical engineering. According to a release published on Medical Express, for the first time ever, researchers have devised a way of connecting the human brain to the internet in real time. It's been dubbed the "Brainternet" project, and it essentially turns the brain "…into an Internet of Things (IoT) node on the World Wide Web." The project works by taking brainwave EEG signals gathered by an Emotiv EEG device connected to the user's head. The signals are then transmitted to a low cost Raspberry Pi computer, which live streams the data to an application programming interface and displays the data on an open website where anyone can view the activity.


This new AI can read your mind and predict your thoughts

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At one point in our history, the most impressive example of artificial intelligence was a computer that was really, really good at chess. Today, various pieces of software can do everything from chat with us on Facebook Messenger to guiding the Mars rover Curiosity while its human engineers catch a nap. Now, a team of scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have developed an AI that can do something once thought impossible: read the human mind. The group's new software takes a novel approach to guessing what is going on inside a human brain, using data gathered from brain scans via fMRI to predict human thoughts by seeing how the pattern of brain activity that produces them, then detecting it in reverse. "One of the big advances of the human brain was the ability to combine individual concepts into complex thoughts," lead researcher Marcel Just explains.


What is it like to have an artificial mind?

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Computers learn differently: their hardware remains always constant, and never reconfigures itself. What changes is the software; the data, or the program, or both. A human mind is a work-in-progress, as the brain evolves and constantly changes. A computer mind does not evolve, or change its structure, or hardware; it becomes better by accumulating and storing more data, by creating more connections between the data, and by running logical programs of better quality faster. This subtle difference between computers and biological brains is what makes humans have subjective experiences, as opposed to computers that cannot.


The Human Brain Project Begins

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Today in Switzerland, the 135 members of the Human Brain Project gathered to kick off the 10 year global project that will give us a deeper and more meaningful understanding of how the human brain operates. This project is considered the most advanced neuroscience project in the world. The Human Brain Project's is comprised of 130 research institutions throughout Europe and coordinated through the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL). In the launch of the project, neuroscientists, doctors, computer scientists, and roboticists will begin to refine the project in across six research platforms including neuroinformatics, brain simulation, high-performance computing, medical informatics, neuromorphic computing and neurorobotics, each composed of technological tools and methods to ensure the project's objectives will be met. The scientists, through their research institutions, will set up and test the platforms over the next 30 months and in 2016, these platforms should be ready for testing by the Human Brain Project scientists and researchers from around the world.


What are the parallels between the human brain and artificial intelligence?

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Today, global technology company Huawei launched a study on the similarities between the human brain and Artificial Intelligence, which revealed that the average UK resident is unaware of 99.68% of the actual decisions they make every day, showing how hard our brain works without us having to consciously engage it.