Technology and human evolution are developing exponentially, entering the steep of an asymptotic curve. Unfortunately, so is the possibility of setting back human evolution hundreds if not millions of years. Which will prevail? It's a nail biter!
If scientists can get a brain implant to give neural stimuli that affects our perspectives, moods, and behaviors, then the future of drugs could be totally different than what it is now. In fact, in such a future, drug creation would become the domain of engineers and coders. This could become the next major frontier of the so-called drug market.
Researchers have created a cognitive model, made up of two million interconnected artificial neurons, able to learn to communicate using human language starting from a blank slate. The system learns, only by way of communication with a person.
"Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have devised a new type of electronic chip that takes after the human brain. Their device is highly power-conscious, massively parallel, and can manipulate data in arbitrary ways – even though it doesn't need to be explicitely designed to perform any task. The advance could pave the way for computers that think more like we do."
It is an inevitability that cryptographers dread: the arrival of powerful quantum computers that can break the security of the Internet. Although these devices are thought to be a decade or more away, researchers are adamant that preparations must begin now.
"Scientists have built a tiny, long-term memory cell that can both store and process information at the same time, just like the human brain. This is one of the first multi-state electronic memory cells, and it represents a crucial step towards a bionic brain"
Part of the growing explosion of artificial intelligence systems, Viv, coming soon from the original team behind Apple's Siri, looks to release a virtual assistant that can actually learn about you and your needs.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
When anyone asks me where I think the personal computers and mobile devices are headed, I figure this is the direction. The technology will be hidden, everything will just happen on command.
It was only last month that futurists Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warned about the dangers of intelligent robots, and a new research project led by the University of Cambridge won't do much to put their minds at ease.
University of Washington researchers have improved on their direct brain-to-brain connection technology involving pairs of volunteers sending signals from one person’s brain to another over the internet to directly govern the motions of the receiving person’s hand.
"Three-dimensional, interactive holograms are now a reality, thanks to researchers in Japan who have used powerful, ultra-quick lasers to produce holograms that can be physically felt and respond to human touch."
"Researchers at Berkeley have created a robot whose behaviors are similar to a human child's. Through a process known as "deep structured learning," BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) can adapt to its environment independently, but let's hope temper tantrums don't make their way into its programming."
a “wireless, fully implantable neural-interface medical device” that will bypass the gap in the flow of information caused by brain injury. This system, they hope, will allow for the targeted stimulation of brain cells and eventually the restoration of memory function.
" 'Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries,' said Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer.
Of course, this isn’t real teleportation we’re talking about here. Instead, Schroepfer sees the Teleportation Station as a way to trick your senses into believing the virtual world you’re seeing and interacting with is actually real."
Researchers have developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer.
A new optical chip that can process photons in a dizzying number of infinite ways has been developed by two research teams. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in Japan (NTT) are behind the breakthrough in quantum computing. The means to solve daunting problems such as the ability to design new life-saving drugs; perform advanced calculations that are a step or two beyond even supercomputers; and analyze weather patterns for more accurate forec
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
Once quantum computers become mainstream, we may not know what hit us.
"Hidden beneath the surface and entangled in the roots of Earth’s astonishing and diverse plant life, there exists a biological superhighway linking together the members of the plant kingdom in what researchers call the “wood wide web”. This organic network operates much like our internet, allowing plants to communicate, bestow nutrition, or even harm one another."
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
Like with trees, perhaps evolution has deemed that a communication web begins to sprout and spread in order to sustain our species.
"Reality doesn’t exist until it’s measured, at least for very small things, new research has confirmed. By replicating a famous experiment where an object is given a choice for how to behave, physicists found that the object doesn’t actually make its decision until it is seen. The finding proves one of the central parts of quantum theory, a branch of science that has been applied to make much of our modern technology."
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