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A Look Inside VoiceTech: Uncovering the Power of Tonal Intelligence


However, emotional information leaked through voice tone cannot be altered or hidden; as a result, tone is the number one passive indicator of what someone is thinking. When vital components of human communication, such as voice tone, are excluded from interpretation and analysis, valuable information is lost, and uninformed decisions are made. Thanks to products like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and many more, voice technology is accessible to the masses at the push of a button or a quick voice command. While these platforms are good at understanding the meaning behind our words, the experience is oftentimes frustrating. Think about the last time you had to call your bank and interact with a voice bot on the other end.

Colombian judge says he used ChatGPT in ruling

The Guardian

A judge in Colombia has caused a stir by admitting he used the artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT when deciding whether an autistic child's insurance should cover all of the costs of his medical treatment. He also used precedent from previous rulings to support his decision. Juan Manuel Padilla, a judge in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, concluded that the entirety child's medical expenses and transport costs should be paid by his medical plan as his parents could not afford them. While the judgment itself did not cause much fuss, the inclusion of Padilla's conversations with ChatGPT in the ruling has been more contentious. Among Padilla's inquiries with the chatbot, the legal documents show Padilla asked ChatGPT the precise legal matter at hand: "Is an autistic minor exonerated from paying fees for their therapies?"

Tuning into brainwave rhythms speeds up learning in adults, study finds


Scientists have shown for the first time that briefly tuning into a person's individual brainwave cycle before they perform a learning task dramatically boosts the speed at which cognitive skills improve. Calibrating rates of information delivery to match the natural tempo of our brains increases our capacity to absorb and adapt to new information, according to the team behind the study. University of Cambridge researchers say that these techniques could help us retain "neuroplasticity" much later in life and advance lifelong learning. "Each brain has its own natural rhythm, generated by the oscillation of neurons working together," said Prof Zoe Kourtzi, senior author of the study from Cambridge's Department of Psychology. "We simulated these fluctuations so the brain is in tune with itself – and in the best state to flourish."

Global Media Awards 2023: K-Start-ups shine at CES - Startup World Tech


On January 7, the K-Start-ups attending the Consumer Entertainment Show, or CES in Las Vegas were awarded with the Global Media Awards 2023. They were selected in advance by press media from Europe, South Korea, Japan and the US as outstanding domestic innovators in attendance of the event. The awards were given based on the competitiveness, how likely they are to successfully enter the global market, how marketable they are and the investment value. The ceremony was held in the K-Startup Joint Pavilion. This year, the size of CES grew by an amazing 50% compared to 2022, with more than 2,800 companies attending from 173 countries around the world.

Patient Registry - Neuralink


Over the last few years, we have worked with patient advocacy groups and a consumer advisory board consisting of individuals with spinal cord injury and their caregivers to guide product development and community engagement. As an expansion of these efforts, we've launched a Patient Registry to learn more about individuals who want to contribute to this initiative and who may be interested in enrolling in future Neuralink clinical trials, when they become available. Through the Patient Registry, we expect to increase our understanding of the medical and assistive technology needs of individuals at a larger scale in order to thoughtfully design future clinical trials and neurotechnology devices that meet these individuals' needs. To apply and participate in the Patient Registry you must be at least 18 years old, meet the age of majority in your state, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with any of the following: Participation in the Patient Registry is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. To participate, you'll have to complete the Patient Registry informed consent form, authorize Neuralink to access your medical records, and complete a questionnaire.

Hearing noise and moving our body helps us gauge the passing of time

New Scientist

Moving your body while listening to sounds may help you more accurately perceive the passing of time during a particular event. Past research suggests that this finding could help to improve treatments for conditions such as Parkinson's disease, which often affects a person's motor function and the timing of their movements. Improved accuracy to our perception of time may help doctors to assess the effectiveness of interventions that aim to ease these symptoms. When an event occurs, the body has various means of measuring how long it lasted. For example, moving our body can help to improve our accuracy when counting the length of auditory tones.

Human VS Artificial Intelligence - AI Summary


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Sitting in traffic for just two HOURS can lead to brain damage, study suggests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Breathing in diesel exhaust while sitting in traffic for just a couple of hours can impair brain function and cognition, a new study shows. Traffic pollution has long been linked to memory problems but it was generally thought that long-term exposure posed the biggest risk. Researchers in Canada have found that the damage causes measurable changes within just two hours. Air pollution not only erodes neurological health, it also increases a person's risk of death from all causes. Diesel exhaust fumes caused neurological connectivity damage specifically affecting a region of the brain called the default mode network, which plays a part in people's internal thoughts and memories In the new study published in the journal Environmental Health, researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria exposed 25 individuals aged 19 to 49 to filtered air and air contaminated with diesel exhaust in a lab at different times for 120 minutes.

ChatGPT Resembles a Slice of the Human Brain

The Atlantic - Technology

Language is commonly understood to be the "stuff" of thought. People "talk it out" and "speak their mind," follow "trains of thought" or "streams of consciousness." Some of the pinnacles of human creation--music, geometry, computer programming--are framed as metaphorical languages. The underlying assumption is that the brain processes the world and our experience of it through a progression of words. And this supposed link between language and thinking is a large part of what makes ChatGPT and similar programs so uncanny: The ability of AI to answer any prompt with human-sounding language can suggest that the machine has some sort of intent, even sentience.

Neural Imaging Reveals Secret Conversational Cues


For instance, when humans start to talk to one another in a conversation, they coordinate their speech very tightly--people very rarely talk over one another, and they rarely leave long, unspoken, silent gaps. A conversation is like a dance with no choreography and no music--spontaneous but structured. To support this coordination, the people having the conversation begin to align their breath, their eye gaze, their speech melody and their gestures. This story is from the WIRED World in 2023, our annual trends briefing. Read more stories from the series here--or download or order a copy of the magazine.