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New York company gets jump on Elon Musk's Neuralink with brain-computer interface in clinical trials

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Elon Musk might be well positioned in space travel and electric vehicles, but the world's second-richest person is taking a backseat when it comes to a brain-computer interface (BCI). New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin clinical trials of its Stentrode motor neuroprosthesis - a brain implant it is hoped could ultimately be used to cure paralysis. The FDA approved Synchron's Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application, according to a release, paving the way for an early feasibility study of Stentrode to begin later this year at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received FDA approval to begin clinical trials of Stentrode, its brain-computer interface, beating Elon Musk's Neuralink to a crucial benchmark. The study will analyze the safety and efficacy of the device, smaller than a matchstick, in six patients with severe paralysis. Meanwhile, Musk has been touting Neuralink, his brain-implant startup, for several years--most recently showing a video of a monkey with the chip playing Pong using only signals from its brain.

#IROS2020 Plenary and Keynote talks focus series #1: Yukie Nagai & Danica Kragic


Would you like to stay up to date with the latest robotics & AI research from top roboticists? The IEEE/RSJ IROS2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) recently released their Plenary and Keynote talks in the IEEE RAS YouTube channel. Abstract: Computational modeling of cognitive development has the potential to uncover the underlying mechanism of human intelligence as well as to design intelligent robots. We have been investigating whether a unified theory accounts for cognitive development and what computational framework embodies such a theory. This talk introduces a neuroscientific theory called predictive coding and shows how robots as well as humans acquire cognitive abilities using predictive processing neural networks.

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Council Post: The Effects Of AI On Child Psychology


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This fragrance uses AI technology to make you feel horny


The tech world – as evidenced by billionaires taking 10 minute holidays to space, and that tiny little car that delivered the football onto the pitch during the Euros – is more advanced than ever before. Even the beauty industry is becoming more technologically minded, with the announcement of the world's first ever "connected fragrance" from Paco Rabanne. Released today, Phantom, a new perfume with an appropriately robot-shaped body, is a world-first from the luxury brand, using artificial intelligence to create a state of the art "Augmented Creativity" process. What that actually means is that the perfume works with the neuroscience of your scent receptors to change how you feel as well as how you smell. The team at Paco Rabanne developed a decidedly Black Mirror-sounding Science of Wellness programme for the release.

#ICML2021 invited talk round-up 2: randomized controlled trials, encoding speech, and molecular science


In this post, we summarise the final three invited talks from the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). These presentations covered: how machine learning can complement randomised controlled trials, encoding and decoding speech, and molecular science. Esther's work centres on the use of randomised controlled trials (RCT) and she runs policy experiments with the aim of understanding which policies work and which don't. Her work is particularly focussed on reducing poverty. Work of this type involves many causal questions, for which there are often many competing ideas. Such is the field that there is no real guidance for theory; experiments are needed to determine successful policies.

AI and VR Transform Thoughts to Action with Wireless BCI


The aim of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), also called brain-machine interfaces (BMIs), is to improve the quality of life and restore capabilities to those who are physically disabled. Last week, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and their global collaborators published a new study in Advanced Science that shows a wireless brain-computer interface that uses virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning to convert brain imagery into actions. The brain-computer interface industry is expected to reach USD 3.7 billion by 2027 with a compound annual growth rate of 15.5 percent during 2020-2027 according to Grandview Research. "Motor imagery offers an excellent opportunity as a stimulus-free paradigm for brain–machine interfaces," wrote Woon-Hong Yeo at the Georgia Institute of Technology whose laboratory led the study in collaboration with the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea. The AI, VR with BCI system was assessed on four able-bodied human participants according to a statement released on Tuesday by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Neuralink Update -- July 2021


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Four Major Benefits of AI in Drug Discovery


Among various applications of AI technology in the pharmaceutical industry, some are viewed as most important and worth more depth of exploration. The first step in drug development is to understand the biological origin and mechanism of the disease, and then to determine suitable targets through high-throughput technologies such as shRNA screening and deep sequencing, and finally to find relevant patterns through a large number of diverse data sources. This is huge work and often presents an important challenge for traditional methods. Unlike traditional methods, AI can systematically analyze existing literature and data in just a few seconds. This real-time "omics" database analysis can more accurately understand pathological cells and molecular mechanisms, and it can be used for complex diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases.