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Phone calls can be beamed right into your central nervous system

New Scientist

Just what you need in the age of ubiquitous surveillance: the latest cochlear implants will allow users stream audio directly from their iPhone into their cochlear nerve. Apple and implant manufacturer Cochlear have made "Made for iPhone" connectivity available for any hearing implants that use the next-generation Nucleus 7 sound processor. While some cochlear implants already offer Bluetooth connectivity, these often require users to wear extra dongles or other intermediary devices to pick up digital signals, and then rebroadcast them to the hearing aid as radio. That's unlikely to be a problem for cochlear implant users, as these devices can only stimulate a limited number of frequencies in the ear anyway -- because of this low sound quality, cochlear implants are reserved for those with profound hearing loss.


Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

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With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for radically amplified human intelligence (IA). One day, we may be able to make ourselves superintelligent with futuristic biotechnology.… Unlike efforts to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI), or even an artificial superintelligence (SAI), the human brain already presents us with a pre-existing intelligence to work with. The next step will be to develop brain-computer interfaces that augment the visual cortex, the best-understood part of the brain. Even in the case of perfect sanity, side effects might include seizures, information overload, and possibly feelings of egomania or extreme alienation.


In new leap for AI: Computer chips that can smell

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ARUSHA, Tanzania: Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again. While those in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are working furiously to create machines that can mimic the brain, or - like tech entrepreneur Elon Musk - implant computers in our brains, Agabi has found a way to merge lab-grown neurons with electronic circuitry. So he and a team of geneticists, physicists, bio-engineers, molecular biologists and others set about doing just that, focusing on the problems that were particularly hard for silicon devices to solve. "We want to build a brain of biological neurons - an autonomous system that has intelligence.


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Daily Mail

Automation and Artificial Intelligence will affect every level of businesses and its people whatever the case, the report warns. Automation and Artificial Intelligence will affect every level of businesses and its people whatever the case, the report warns (stock image). In it, Ethan Hawke's character Vincent Freeman dreams of becoming an astronaut but the society in which he lives is determined by eugenics. In it Ethan Hawke's character Vincent Freeman (pictured) has to beat a society which views people like him, who have not had their genes enhanced, as inferior Overall, nearly three quarters (73 per cent) believe technology will never replace the human mind and the majority (86 per cent) say human skills will always be in demand.


A Treatment for Blindness? NHS to Install Bionic Eyes in 10 Patients

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The National Eye Institute estimates that one in 4,000 people around the world suffer from the disorder. The Argus II Bionic Eye implant works in tandem with a small camera mounted on a pair of glasses that is worn by the patient. Half of the patients receiving the implant will be treated at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, while the remaining half will have the procedure at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2017. Among those, around 160 to 320 are possibly eligible for a bionic eye procedure.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics

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For example, if the robot brain has roughly the same number of human neurons as a typical human brain, then could it, or should it, have rights similar to those of a person? Also, if such robots have far more human neurons than in a typical human brain--for example, a million times more neurons--would they, rather than humans, make all future decisions? With those cases, the situation isn't straightforward, as patients receive abilities that normal humans don't have--for example, the ability to move a cursor on a computer screen using nothing but neural signals. It's clear that connecting a human brain with a computer network via an implant could, in the long term, open up the distinct advantages of machine intelligence, communication, and sensing abilities to the individual receiving the implant.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Cybernetics

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For example, if the robot brain has roughly the same number of human neurons as a typical human brain, then could it, or should it, have rights similar to those of a person? Also, if such robots have far more human neurons than in a typical human brain--for example, a million times more neurons--would they, rather than humans, make all future decisions? With those cases, the situation isn't straightforward, as patients receive abilities that normal humans don't have--for example, the ability to move a cursor on a computer screen using nothing but neural signals. It's clear that connecting a human brain with a computer network via an implant could, in the long term, open up the distinct advantages of machine intelligence, communication, and sensing abilities to the individual receiving the implant.


How innovations in AI, virtual reality are advancing healthcare in India to new frontiers

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AIndra is one of a handful of startups that are pushing the envelope applying emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D printing to healthcare. Using advanced technology that were more in the realm of academics, say, even a decade ago, startups are designing artificial limbs specifically suited to one's body type and structure; enabling students wearing VR headsets to observe surgeries as if they were standing next to the surgeon; and developing various predictive and diagnostic applications. The startup's hardware-software technology solution, called Thermalytix, uses artificial intelligence over thermal images for early detection of breast cancer and removes technological, logistical, and cultural barriers that hinder breast cancer screening. The core product of SigTuple is Manthana, which using visual medical data such as blood sample images can classify various objects of interest, detect diseases if any, and compute the metrics for reporting.


A Hardware Update for the Human Brain

Wall Street Journal

Today, thanks to a combination of her implant, surgery and medication, Borghard, 27, experiences an average of just two seizures a month. Neural implants like Emily Borghard's can stimulate and record from just a handful of neurons. Implant accommodation is the goal of Longeviti Neuro Solutions, a startup founded by Chad Gordon, a plastic surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and Jesse Christopher, a veteran of medical-device companies. In an experiment conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, scientists used an implant to create a wireless connection between a monkey's brain and a battery-powered stimulator in its paralyzed leg, allowing the monkey to walk again.


Zachary Mason uses his Skills as an AI Expert in New Novel

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On its shiny, high-tech surface, Void Star doesn't seem to have much in common with the early 20th-century modernism of Virginia Woolf. While there is plenty of globe-trotting action in Void Star, that aspect of the narrative isn't necessarily its primary objective. And that's a lot of what I was trying to do with Void Star." The book's connection to William Gibson and his first novel, Neuromancer, will likely be obvious to anyone who grew up reading what was once called "cyberpunk," stories set where the barriers between the human and the digital worlds are more permeable.