Our 'selfish brain' wins when competing with muscle power

Daily Mail

Human brains take a lot of energy to run, and keeping our sophisticated grey matter going comes at an evolutionary cost. Researchers found a trade-off occurs when we have to think fast and work hard at the same time - and our'selfish brain' is always prioritised over the rest of our body. Our ability to allocate more glucose to the brain could have helped our species survive and thrive by becoming quick thinkers, researchers found. Researchers found a trade-off occurs when we have to think fast and work hard at the same time - and our'selfish brain' is less affected than our physical capacity (stock image) The rowers performed two separate tasks: one memory, a three minute word recall test; and one physical, a three minute power test on a rowing machine. They then performed both tasks at once, with individual scores compared to those from previous tests.

Exclusive: Infosys "re-imagining" tennis using AI Access AI


Infosys, a global leader in technology services and consulting, is aiming to reinvent the way people consume sport using extensive player data. The Indian firm, which had revenues of $9.5 billion in its last financial year, demonstrated its'Infosys Information Platform (IIP)' during the recent ATP Tennis tournament in London, of which it was a headline sponsor. Speaking to Access AI, the firm's head of energy and services for Europe Mohamed Anis, who joined in 2000, said Infosys uses machine learning to analyse historical data on player performance, which in turn is able to predict behaviour, shot selection, and even a probabilistic outcome of the match itself. Anis (pictured) said the data is delivered in real time and can be used to help spectators view the game/match on an entirely different level – comparable to that of the coach. "Tennis has been around for a very long time," explained Anis.

Was this the last human to beat an AI at Poker? Access AI


Ever since the inception of Artificial Intelligence, humans have been in a constant battle with the modern thinking-machines. AI has touched many industries, by showing outstanding results and even outperforming humans. As statistics show, 62% of millennials aged 17-24 and 35% of people over 55 trust the super abilities and the future of AI. It is also interesting that 71% of people over 50 believe that intelligent virtual assistants will simplify their lives in the future. Meanwhile, the history of the Brains vs AI battle contains many examples of where one defeats the other.

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What's the secret to success? Some would argue that insanely successful people possess traits like having a vision, showing gratitude, being honest, learning from failure and having a high emotional intelligence. While these traits definitely play a role, the real secret to success comes down to science, particularly advancements in neuroscience, and how you can condition your brain to achieve your dreams and goals. The neuroscience of success can get complicated, but it's really about how your brain functions in three different areas: reticular activating system (RAS), the release of dopamine and your memory. If you're not a science person, I'll try and make this all as painless as possible.

How machine learning is helping neuroscientists understand the brain


The workings of the brain are the greatest mystery in science. Unlike our models of physics, strong enough to predict gravitational waves and unseen particles, our brain models explain only the most basic forms of perception, cognition, and behavior. We know plenty about the biology of neurons and glia, the cells that make up the brain. And we know enough about how they interact with each other to account for some reflexes and sensory phenomena, such as optical illusions. But even slightly more complex levels of mental experience have evaded our theories.

Artificial Intelligence & Artificial Trust – Chatbots Magazine


Artificial Intelligence systems now understand and influence people. This requires that as builders of these systems we consider the values of the user -- and their trust. I'm going to tell you about Andi. She's a conversational avatar, and in this picture, she's talking with our friend Michael of Skype using their Bot Platform. With Microsoft Cognitive Services, Andi can write messages, hear you and talk to you, and see you using Skype video chat.

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

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French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye. In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes - rather than in just one - leading to blurring and confusion. UK experts said the research was "very exciting" and highlighted the link between vision and dyslexia. But they said not all dyslexics were likely to have the same problem. People with dyslexia have difficulties learning to read, spell or write despite normal intelligence.

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You and I speak a language. Most people speaks at least one language. We've probably not had to think very hard about how we've learnt this language. The jury is still out on this, but we've got some pretty good ideas about how this is done. For Chomsky and others, humans are equipped with an innate ability to learn languages.

French scientists find anomaly in retinal cells that may be the cause of dyslexia

The Japan Times

PARIS – A duo of French scientists said Wednesday they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye. In people with the reading disability, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing "mirror" images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In non-dyslexic people, the cells are arranged asymmetrically, allowing signals from the one eye to be overridden by the other to create a single image in the brain. "Our observations lead us to believe that we indeed found a potential cause of dyslexia," study co-author Guy Ropars of the University of Rennes, told AFP. It offers a "relatively simple" method of diagnosis, he added, by simply looking into a subject's eyes. Furthermore, "the discovery of a delay (of about 10 thousandths of a second) between the primary image and the mirror image in the opposing hemispheres of the brain, allowed us to develop a method to erase the mirror image that is so confusing for dyslexic people" -- using an LED lamp.

Could this explain why boys more likely to have autism?

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It is a question that has long stumped researchers. But now light has been shed on why boys are more at risk of autism. University of Iowa scientists believe they have collected the first ever evidence of a'protective effect' in females. Trials on mice showed males who had a known genetic cause of autism showed signs of being on the spectrum. This genetic deletion, or a missing stretch of DNA, plays a role in one in every 200 cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), experts claim.