Artificial Intelligence May Predict Your Thoughts: Neural AI Will Reverse-Engineer Brain Signals

International Business Times

A research team from the Carnegie Mellon university has deconstructed the human brain's complex thoughts by reverse-engineering brain scans from a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine and using AI to predict what an individual is thinking at a point of time. The discovery of this correspondence between thoughts and brain activation patterns tells us what the thoughts are built of," said psychology professor Marcel Just, the lead author of the study titled, "Predicting the Brain Activation Pattern Associated With the Propositional Content of a Sentence: Modeling Neural Representations of Events and States," published 22, June. For the study, the research team examined brain scans, which were taken while the subjects were responding to 240 complex events such as social interactions and emotional triggers. After training the algorithm, they tested it on the brain scans taken while responding to these events and in 239 out of 240 cases, the algorithm was not only able to predict the thought triggering the brain scan, but even the order of the particular sentence formed by an individual in response to such events.


Amazon sets date for Prime Day, with Alexa tease

USATODAY

Amazon confirmed it will roll out its summer shopping event with deals starting July 10, and continuing through July 11. Amazon started Prime Day in 2015 as a way to reward subscribers of its Amazon Prime service. Prime Day is a big sales generator for Amazon. Amazon says this year's Prime Day will also include more sales tied to Alexa, the digital voice assistant powering its popular Echo home speakers.


Salto-1P Is the Most Amazing Jumping Robot We've Ever Seen

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

We brainstormed about 40 different ways to control Salto-1P's orientation including multiple tails, a single multi-degree-of-freedom inertial tail (like the body of the original Raibert hopper and Disney's LEAP robot), and big steerable wings. You mentioned that Salto-1P's duty factor [the amount of time the robot spends touching the ground] is twice as fast as a one-legged cheetah would be. The low duty factor means high accelerations on the ground, and very little time to do any control with the leg. Interestingly, like running animals, Salto gets more efficient the faster it runs until it can't run any faster.


On the road trip of the future, you travel with John Muir, the scenery is unreal and the kids fight over who gets to sit

Los Angeles Times

What Car & Driver calls'brainless driving" is "closing in on us like a meteorite." Yui, Toyota's concept car, is designed to -- wait for it -- bond with families. Chergosky thinks autonomous cars could even enhance a road trip itinerary. Taking advantage of an inventory of half a million rental cars, a family might use a super-comfy SUV for the long haul, then switch to a convertible or a four-wheel drive for the beach and then, for a city journey, a smaller hybrid that's easy to park in the city, Deaver said Pasquale Romano, chief of ChargePoint, an open electric vehicle charging network, thinks driverless Ubers will offer a new range of road trip options.


Kodi tears into illegal add-on sites and 'fully loaded box' sellers

The Independent

Kodi has blasted sites and repositories that promote the use of illegal add-ons, and says it doesn't care if its user base drops as a result of them shutting down. The TVaddons library recently went offline with no warning, following popular Kodi add-on Phoenix, which provided access to TV shows, films and sports channels. Kodi is perfectly legal software, but third-party add-ons built by developers can enable users to illegally access copyrighted content through it. Criminals are also selling media players pre-loaded with these add-ons, which have become known as "fully loaded Kodi boxes", despite having nothing to do with Kodi. Though Kodi has said it will not police its own software, it has been very critical of these box sellers, and has made it clear that it supports the EU Court of Justice's decision to make it illegal to use a media player to stream copyrighted content, and to sell a media player deliberately pre-loaded with links to copyrighted content. It has now acknowledged ...


Google experimenting with new virtual reality ads that react to users' eyes

The Independent

Google has started experimenting with new ad formats for virtual reality (VR). The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot ...


iPhone hacks: 10 hidden Apple iOS features you need to know

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Cadillac Challenges Tesla With the Super Cruise Self-Driving System

WIRED

When it comes to semi-autonomous systems--cars that do some of the driving, but leave the tricky stuff to humans--the biggest hurdle isn't the technical challenge of making a car safely drive itself. Keep ignoring the road, and you'll hear a chime, feel a buzz through the seat, and see that light turn red and start flashing. To ensure Super Cruise never faces obstacles it can't handle--intersections, pedestrians, traffic lights--Cadillac programmed it to only work on divided highways. Second, if the camera stops working or you go through a tunnel and the GPS loses its signal, the car can keep driving itself, using the map, its speed, and its steering angle to maintain its exact position.


Instagram Unleashes a Smart Algorithm to Blast Away Nasty Comments

WIRED

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Scientists made an AI that can read minds

Engadget

By reverse-engineering signals sent by the brain, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been working on an AI that can read complex thoughts simply by looking at brain scans. Using data collected from a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, the CMU scientists feed that data into their machine learning algorithms, which then locate the building blocks that the brain uses to create complex thoughts. It's by understanding these triggers that the algorithm can use the brain scans to predict what is being thought about at the time, connecting these thoughts into a coherent sentence. Selecting 239 of these complex sentences and feeding the AI the corresponding brain scans, the algorithm managed to successfully predict the correct thoughts with an astounding 87 percent accuracy.