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Watching in the brain … what you are watching

What seemed pure science fiction just 5 years ago is now becoming a matter of perfecting technology to make it better: seeing what you are seeing by looking at your brain activity. Researchers at Purdue University have demonstrated “mind reading” decoding technology.  Three volunteers’ brains were monitored using fMRI -functional …

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The convergence of Humans and Machines

Technology is not just evolving our machines, it is creating a bridge between us and them. Bio-Interfaces are enabling seamless communications between our body, our mind, and machines. This is clearly being exploited by better prosthetics that fit naturally to replace a lost functionality as well as future prosthetics that …

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The evolution of … Humans

Cleary humans have evolved. Our lost ancestors were different from us in shape and most notably in mental capabilities. The evolution occurred over hundreds of thousands of generations and it is only across these long periods of time that it becomes visible. Going back 2.000 years, or even 10.000 years …

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The evolution of … Machines

The Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative has completed its first WhitePaper (it will become available through the SAS website by the middle of November once the cleaning up is complete). It is an interesting document and in its concluding remarks it shows the possible, expected, evolution of machines towards awareness over …

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In memory computing for AI

As the Moore’s law is slowing down also on the performance axes (it has stopped on the economics axes in 2015) researchers are looking at alternatives to keep improving the performances, both searching for materials alternative to silicon (notably in the area of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulphide) …

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Who is in charge?

We are used to amazing sights, like the one in the picture with thousands of starlings performing complex choreographies and we are temped to ask ourselves who is in charge for that? Is there a “master” starling directing the choreography? Similarly if we look at a swarm of bees. The …

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On my fingertips

There are so many ways to transform analogue into digital and yet new ones keep popping up. Look at what researchers at Dartmouth University have presented at UIST 2017: an ingenious way to detect the movement of your thumb on your index fingertip using an infrared sensor (watch the clip). …

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Humans not needed …Inflection point?

A Google team has published a paper on Nature describing the new generation of AlphaGo. Well, the very name of the new generation is significant: AlphaGo Zero.  One would have expected that the new generation would have been named “Old + 1”, yet they decided to start from scratch and …

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An antenna for the brain

Wireless communications is about translating an electrical signal flowing in a wire into an electromagnetic signal that can travel through the air. This is done using an antenna. Of course it has to be done twice, once to convert the electrical signal into an electromagnetic wave propagating in the air …

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