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5 Incredible Ways Scientists Are MERGING Our Brains With Machines

5 Incredible Ways Scientists Are MERGING Our Brains With Machines | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

I've been reading Ramez Naam's fantastic book "Nexus," which is set in a near-future where a powerful nano-drug allows human minds to connect together. In the story, a group of enterprising neuroscientists and engineers discover they can use the drug in a new way — to run a computer operating system inside their brains. Naam's characters telepathically communicate with each other using a mental chat app and even manipulate other people's bodies by gaining control of their brains' operating systems.

Sounds far-fetched, right?

 

It might not be as far-fetched as you think. From connecting a human brain to a basic tablet to help a paralyzed patient communicate with the outside world to memory-boosting brain implants and a prototype computer chip that runs on live neurons — the real world progress we're seeing today is nearly as strange as fiction.

Below are five stories we've published over the past year tracking the wild experiments and ideas of researchers pushing the boundaries of how human brains interact with machines.


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Farid Mheir's curator insight, August 21, 2016 9:52 PM

5 must read papers to understand where we stand in the area of direct brain communication with machines. In a nutshell; still very early.

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BlockAuth | Building the future of VERIFICATION and Authentication

BlockAuth | Building the future of VERIFICATION and Authentication | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

There is a disconnect between the people that want total anonymity and the websites who have a need to know that users are real people. We've found a solution and you can be a part of it.


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Is it possible to build an ARTIFICIAL superintelligence without fully replicating the human brain ?

Is it possible to build an ARTIFICIAL superintelligence without fully replicating the human brain ? | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
The technological singularity requires the creation of an artificial superintelligence (ASI). But does that ASI need to be modelled on the human brain, or is it even necessary to be able to fully replicate the human brain and consciousness digitally in order to design an ASI ?

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'My iPad has Netflix, Spotify, Twitter – everything': WHY tablets are KILLING PCs

'My iPad has Netflix, Spotify, Twitter – everything': WHY tablets are KILLING PCs | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
Soon we'll be buying more tablets than we do PCs. Why are we all deserting our laptops for iPads? And who are the big industry names facing possible disaster?

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[VIDEO] Michio Kaku: Tweaking Moore's Law and the Computers of the POST-Silicon Era

What's beyond silicon? There have been a number of proposals: protein computers, DNA computers, optical computers, quantum computers, molecular computers. Dr. Michio Kaku says "if I were to put money on the table I would say that in the next ten years as Moore's Law slows down, we will tweak it.


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On algorithms - is there still a place for human judgment?

On algorithms - is there still a place for human judgment? | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
Computers could take some tough decisions out of our hands, if we let them. Is there still a place for human judgement?

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Artur Alves's curator insight, May 13, 2013 5:41 AM

One the most important questions of our times: what can we externalize into algorithms, and what should we keep as human responsibility?

 

"What lies behind our current rush to automate everything we can imagine? Perhaps it is an idea that has leaked out into the general culture from cognitive science and psychology over the past half-century — that our brains are imperfect computers. If so, surely replacing them with actual computers can have nothing but benefits. Yet even in fields where the algorithm’s job is a relatively pure exercise in number- crunching, things can go alarmingly wrong."

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10 Body Hacks That Will Be Available By 2025... a little scary aren't they?

10 Body Hacks That Will Be Available By 2025... a little scary aren't they? | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

 

Though a little scary, they're also pretty cool, aren't they?


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iPads Could Scan Palms for Passwords

iPads Could Scan Palms for Passwords | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
Tablets may soon authenticate users by reading hand movement.

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Google patent sends ring signals to Project Glass

Google patent sends ring signals to Project Glass | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Google's September 2011 patent that was filed for a wearable display device was granted this week, which suggests that its envisioned heads-up display device can be controlled by infrared markers in the form of devices worn on the hands, such as fake fingernails or rings. The patent says, “A wearable marker may take the form of a ring, a bracelet, an artificial fingernail configured to be affixed to a fingernail, a decal configured to be affixed to a fingernail, or a glove, among other possible wearable items."

 

GOOGLE GLASSES: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=google%20glasses

 


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The WEARABLE Technology Revolution

The WEARABLE Technology Revolution | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
 Visions of the future are not so distant...


I think it’s fair to say that technology has been taking huge steps in the last decade to the point where now, in 2014, it seems like the world is on the cusp of becoming the realisation of some futuristic premonition.
This is made even more apparent given the advances made by the Google glass and the Microsoft headband, pioneering attempts to minimise technology literally whilst increasing how easily we can interact with it. In fact Google has even managed to go beyond this with the Google lenses, which have been designed to
monitor body functions such as blood sugar levels and even improve vision. With such advances it appears that images of a future immersed in technology are not so distant as they once were.


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MarkCapecchi's curator insight, October 22, 2014 10:58 AM
These would like nice with the drum pants!
Peter Mangold's comment, October 23, 2014 5:21 AM
Sometimes I find it so yes krotesk when discussing about why and why, instead of being politically so the course is that the petroleum promote not worth more because it is no longer needed, purely by the new technologies of blocked for political reasons, are locked away and not approved. That should be the debate. Unfortunately, only my opinion, or is it? Since decades, we promote new technologies, but only smiled. Does anyone of you the saying: he who laughs last, laughs best ... http://www.topgreat.domains

The second aspect is to get the wars right now with the dirty oil again buoyant. That's all unnecessary and that the suffering of the many displaced persons, the sick and dead people just do not. When finally begins each state to take over the duty of his responsibility? http://www.erfolg.domains

So we have the ability, resources, and partly also the will to put an end to the comings and goings, but we do not do it out of convenience and corruption http://www.petermangold.com

Therefore, I am of the opinion that we should inserting us immediately for the preservation of peace through new technologies and the sustaining of common sense, no ifs and buts ... http://www.online-investment.club

There should be a duty of every human world to be wittmen the new technologies and the peace of their own profit. Provided anyone interested for it, he should start and set the course to do so before we will only daily hear of crime, discontent, corruption, diseases, murders and all social suffering, because it is sometime all people no longer granted to live a normal life now , Or even to survive. Let's think only appear at all the diseases from petroleum via cancer and lead to certain death. It is said so much, that people are getting smarter, but no one uses the intelligence for a reasonable equality between rich and poor.
It would be extremely easy if the State presents the means, or introduced. A banal simple thing, only of doing. http://www.online-investment-club.info
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CALL FOR PAPERS: MARGINS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, JOURNAL DES ANTHROPOLOGUES

CALL FOR PAPERS: MARGINS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, JOURNAL DES ANTHROPOLOGUES | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Social, political, cultural and economic challenges raised by digital technologies are often studied from the perspective of the educated urban populations who live in North America and Western Europe. Hence, these tools are attributed great powers. Their capacity to accelerate interactions and to reduce space-time distance is believed to impact deeply the ways we think and live. The kind of relations and simultaneous presence they foster have led us to reconsider communities, institutions and spaces using other models than those of discrete groups structured by territoriality. Moreover, it is generally considered that these technologies have reshaped the political economy of public speech in our societies, since they offer individuals or groups condemned to a form of social invisibility means to express themselves in the public space.

 

This call for papers asks for a shift of perspective by questioning the challenges raised by digital technologies from the “margins”. Contributors will be asked to focus on the ways they impact people’s lives outside of Western Europe and North America, as well as in spaces constructed as marginal. What shapes does the digital economy take within these spaces, through formal and informal channels? How do individuals appropriate the many existing technological devices generated by digital technologies? What are the new hierarchies and inequalities created by the (lack of) dissemination of these new tools?

 

Contributors will also focus on the ways minoritized groups are using digital tools for social, political, cultural or economic intervention. They should adopt a critical perspective by paying attention both to the limits and the ambiguities of the ways marginalized actors use these tools. While, digital tools have been used to promote emancipation, they can also lead to new forms of domination and enslavement.

 

Finally, this call for papers aims to promote a theoretical discussion about the notion of margins itself. How can we construct a robust notion of margins (be they spatial, political, cultural, or economic) in a world shaped by codes, algorithms, flux and networks, where the notions of distance, proximity, subject and object have to be re-examined?

 

Conducted by an interdisciplinary team, this call for papers is aimed at social scientists as well as digital practitioners (artists, programmers, hackers, etc…). This deliberately open call should allow for robust discussion with other research methodologies, social or artistic points of view.


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artdeville » L’impression 3D à NOTRE portée

artdeville » L’impression 3D à NOTRE portée | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Elle s’implante aujourd’hui dans presque tous les secteurs : de la santé au design en passant par la sécurité, l’alimentaire ou encore l’architecture. Mais quel potentiel cette technologie offre-t-elle aux entreprises locales ? Le point avec quelques pionniers de ce marché que certains présentent comme la troisième révolution industrielle.


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Raphael Souchier's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:10 AM

Avec elle, c'est notre rapport à la création et à l'industrie qui va muter. Les FabLabs, ambassadeurs locaux de cette révolution.

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How Researchers Map The Future Of Innovation

How Researchers Map The Future Of Innovation | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

This article is part of ReadWrite Future Tech, an annual series where we explore how technologies that will shape our lives in the years and decades to come are grounded in the innovation and research of today.

In 1991, the United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the research arm of the Pentagon, reorganized its priorities. Part of that reorganization meant much of the funding the agency had provided for projects like artificial intelligence and deep neural networks was pulled.

It may have been the best and worst thing to ever happen to the field of artificial intelligence.


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Library@NYP's curator insight, October 26, 2013 12:10 PM

Today's technological world can be credited to the many innovations which researchers took many  years to  develop - be it smartphones, tablets,  sensors, 3D gaming, wireless networks, and so on. In this interesting article, you can learn about the Four Quadrant model of technological research that many organizations have used in their innovations and research journey.

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To See The Future Of Technology, Look At The People Using It For Crime

To See The Future Of Technology, Look At The People Using It For Crime | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it
In this video from our Futurist Forum, Jamais Cascio says that the people hacking a tech to make it serve more shady purposes (or to help them have sex) might be the best window into how it works.
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Cahier de tendances: culture et numérique en 2012

Cahier de tendances: culture et numérique en 2012 | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Parmi les 220 articles publiés en 2012, nous avons sélectionné les principales innovations en matière de numérique culturel. Celles-ci sont classées en 8 tendances.


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Antenna International's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:30 AM

Les 8 tendances :
- Application mobile pour le jeune public et les familles,
- Communication et médiation par la gamification,
- Les photographies amateures au musée,
- Co-création de contenus avec le visiteur,
- Développer la créativité du visiteur par le numérique,
- Reconstituer le patrimoine par les outils virtuels,
- Les musées sur petit et grand écran,
- Le musée hors les murs.

Digital Research's curator insight, February 17, 2013 6:22 AM

Les 8 tendances :

- Application mobile pour le jeune public et les familles,

- Communication et médiation par la gamification,

- Les photographies amateures au musée,

- Co-création de contenus avec le visiteur,

- Développer la créativité du visiteur par le numérique,

- Reconstituer le patrimoine par les outils virtuels,

- Les musées sur petit et grand écran,

- Le musée hors les murs.

Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, February 18, 2013 3:45 AM

With digitalisation, the public seems to have always more a voice

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Turning Men into Machines| Science Illustrated

Turning Men into Machines| Science Illustrated | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

The XOS 2 exoskeleton allows users to do hundreds of push-ups easily. The hydraulic limbs were developed to give soldiers extra lifting power.


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Machine Beauty and Our Bionic Future

Machine Beauty and Our Bionic Future | Machines Pensantes | Scoop.it

Welcome to the brave new world of Machine Beauty, where our new willingness to replace our limbs with superior prosthetic devices hints at our technological future as a species. Maybe futurist Ray Kurzweil was right after all when he predicted the merging of man and machine within our lifetime as part of the great Singularity.

@raykurzweil2035


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