Bionic neurons could enable implants to restore failing brain circuits

Neurons in the brain. Rather than implanting directly into the brain, the bionic neurons are built into ultra-low power microchips that form the basis for devices that would plug straight into the nervous system. Scientists have created artificial neurons that could potentially be implanted into patients to overcome paralysis, restore failing brain circuits, and evenContinue reading “Bionic neurons could enable implants to restore failing brain circuits”

AI debates both sides of the dangers of artificial intelligence to the human race

By Donna Lu An artificial intelligence has debated the dangers of AI – narrowly convincing audience members that the technology will do more good than harm. Project Debater, a robot developed by IBM, spoke on both sides of the argument, with two human teammates for each side helping it out. Talking in a female AmericanContinue reading “AI debates both sides of the dangers of artificial intelligence to the human race”

Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time

Doctors have placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, as part of a trial in the US that aims to make it possible to fix traumatic injuries that would otherwise cause death. Samuel Tisherman, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told New Scientist that his team of medics had placed atContinue reading “Humans placed in suspended animation for the first time”

The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from at least 200 meters away by the pattern of their heartbeat.

by David Hambling Everyone’s heart is different. Like the iris or fingerprint, our unique cardiac signature can be used as a way to tell us apart. Crucially, it can be done from a distance. It’s that last point that has intrigued US Special Forces. Other long-range biometric techniques include gait analysis, which identifies someone byContinue reading “The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from at least 200 meters away by the pattern of their heartbeat.”

A new AI acquired humanlike ‘number sense’ on its own

Artificial intelligence can share our natural ability to make numeric snap judgments. Researchers observed this knack for numbers in a computer model composed of virtual brain cells, or neurons, called an artificial neural network. After being trained merely to identify objects in images — a common task for AI — the network developed virtual neuronsContinue reading “A new AI acquired humanlike ‘number sense’ on its own”

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

By Greg Ip It’s time to stop worrying that robots will take our jobs — and start worrying that they will decide who gets jobs. Millions of low-paid workers’ lives are increasingly governed by software and algorithms. This was starkly illustrated by a report last week that Amazon.com tracks the productivity of its employees andContinue reading “For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived”

Heads in the cloud: Scientists predict internet of thoughts ‘within decades’

B/CI technology might also allow us to create a future “global superbrain” that would connect networks of individual human brains and AIs to enable collective thought. The image is in the public doamin. Summary: Researchers predict the development of a brain/cloud interface that connects neurons to cloud computing networks in real time. Source: Frontiers ImagineContinue reading “Heads in the cloud: Scientists predict internet of thoughts ‘within decades’”

Small stickers on the ground trick Tesla autopilot into steering into opposing traffic lane

Researchers from Tencent Keen Security Lab have published a report detailing their successful attacks on Tesla firmware, including remote control over the steering, and an adversarial example attack on the autopilot that confuses the car into driving into the oncoming traffic lane. The researchers used an attack chain that they disclosed to Tesla, and whichContinue reading “Small stickers on the ground trick Tesla autopilot into steering into opposing traffic lane”

Signs we may be in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Aylin Woodward The phrase “mass extinction” typically conjures images of the asteroid crash that led to the twilight of the dinosaurs. Upon impact, that 6-mile-wide space rock caused a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, along with earthquakes and landslides up and down what is now the Americas. A heat pulse baked the Earth, and theContinue reading “Signs we may be in the middle of a 6th mass extinction”

Walgreens is exploring new tech that turns your purchases, your movements, even your gaze, into data.

by SIDNEY FUSSELL Walgreens is piloting a new line of “smart coolers”—fridges equipped with cameras that scan shoppers’ faces and make inferences on their age and gender. On January 14, the company announced its first trial at a store in Chicago in January, and plans to equip stores in New York and San Francisco withContinue reading “Walgreens is exploring new tech that turns your purchases, your movements, even your gaze, into data.”