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.
While the company, as usual, has been secretive about its upcoming products, recent developments like Apple's recent purchases of eye-tracking company SMI have lent credence to the notion that we might see the Apple smart glasses in the future. The device has started creating a buzz because recent supply chain leaks indicate it is being actively being worked upon. Integrating SMI's technology might make the Apple device consumer-oriented. Apple updated its Siri patent in China and the European Union earlier this year, mentioning that Siri would support smart glass capability.
A recent ban affecting three of China's biggest online platforms aimed at "cleaning up the air in cyberspace" is just the latest government crackdown on user-generated content, and especially live streaming. This edict, issued by China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) in June, affects video on the social media platform Sina Weibo, as well as video platforms Ifeng and AcFun. In 2014, for example, one of China's biggest online video platforms LETV began removing its app that allowed TV users to access online video, reportedly due to SAPPRFT requirements. China's largest social media network, Sina Weibo, launched an app named Yi Zhibo in 2016 that allows live streaming of games, talent shows and news.
In addition, the rise of mobile ordering and payment pioneered by Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) which has been adopted by many other chains takes work away from human workers. That, however, won't be the case for every chain, as in many cases robots and automaton will lead to fewer human workers. While the rise of automation and robots won't be immediate or complete, they will eliminate jobs that traditionally went to lower-skilled workers. The Motley Fool recommends CVS Health.
Amazon's Echo lineup of smart home speakers traditionally has looked the same as any traditional speaker, but its latest update significantly shakes up Amazon's popular product lineup. Around the web, reviewers have generally been fans of the new hybrid smart speaker though some are hesitant about its major features. You can also use the screen and camera to make video calls with other users or watch TV shows and other video content. The Amazon Echo Show retails for $229 and is available now.
Israeli personalized medication management platform, Medisafe, wants to change this using artificial intelligence (AI). The start-up uses AI and machine learning on its medication adherence platform. Research shows that poor medication adherence costs the U.S. health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion annually and the 125,000 people die from nonadherence each year," Medisafe founder, Omri Shor stated in an email to International Business Times Wednesday. Patients frequently have difficulty remembering or managing multiple medications or complex regimens, often prescribed by multiple doctors, or they do not understand the reasons for and importance of drug therapy.
The new new alleged features for Chrome OS was first discovered by the site Chrome Unboxed. It first began when the news outlet discovered back in October that Google may be working on a new Chromebook model codenamed "Eve." Chrome Unboxed also claims to have discovered that the Eve device supports double-tap response. This was first featured on Google's original Chromebook Pixel, which lets user double tap on the device when it's closed to show its current battery status.
It affects around 29 million Americans, and is caused by high blood sugar levels, often the result of poor diet and exercise. Blurred vision is also a common early sign of type 2 diabetes. At first, it can be hard for the body to adapt to changes in blood sugar, and as a result blurred vision is common during the early stages of diabetes. After the body gets used to new higher blood sugar levels, vision will return to normal.
Apple's Siri virtual assistant can be used for a variety of tasks on the iPhone and iPad. The company is hiring a Siri "event maven" to join the virtual assistant's team. The maven will also help to ensure Siri has coverage and knowledge of general pop culture and trending events. In the past few years, the virtual assistant space has seen new platforms like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant emerge.
Smartphone chipmaker Nvidia has partnered with automotive safety company Autoliv and automotive company Volvo to develop self-driving software and hardware. "This cooperation with NVIDIA places Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity at the forefront of the fast-moving market to develop next generation autonomous driving capabilities and will speed up the development of Volvo's own commercially available autonomous drive cars," Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, stated in the press release Tuesday. The press release further stated the companies will work together to create artificial intelligence-based deep learning solutions for object detection, recognition the anticipation of threats and safe navigation. The self-driven car developed by Nvidia, Volvo, Autoliv, and Zenuity, will use the Nvidia Drive PX2 artificial intelligence based self-driving system which was first showcased at Consumer's Electronic Show (CES) 2016.