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Elon Musk Hints at Advances in ‘Neural Lace’ Brain Hacking Tech

Posted on September 2nd, 2016.

Visionary and sometimes controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk hinted at advances in next-generation brain hacking. Recent research results promise future “neural lace” technology that could enhance our brains and connect them to the cloud.

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Artificial Intelligence

The Possibilities and the Future of Brain Hacking

Posted on October 9th, 2015.

For all of man’s scientific and technological advances, the human brain largely remains a mystery. A new Vimeo video, “Master/Mind,” examines the state of research on the human mind and the questions that scientists, ethicists, futurists and others are asking in light of what we’re learning about the mind. The video, a...

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Neurotech

Researchers Link Human Brains for Questions and Answers Game

Posted on September 24th, 2015.

University of Washington researchers used a direct brain-to-brain connection to enable pairs of participants to play a question-and-answer game by transmitting signals from one brain to the other over the Internet. The experiment is thought to be the first to show that two brains can be directly linked to allow one person to guess what’s...

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Researchers Grow Miniature Human Brain in a Vat

Posted on August 19th, 2015.

Researchers at Ohio State University have grown a nearly complete human brain in a dish that equals the brain maturity of a 5-week-old fetus. The lab-grown brain, about the size of a pencil eraser, has an identifiable structure and contains 99 percent of the genes present in the human fetal brain. The research was presented at the 2015...

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IBM Scientists Advance Toward Brain-Like Computing, Develop ‘Digital Mouse Brain’

Posted on August 18th, 2015.

IBM scientists are advancing toward “neuromorphic” computing – digital systems that process information like the brain – and launching a complete ecosystem for brain-like computing, with important near-term applications and visionary long-term prospects.

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Electronics

DARPA Funds Programmable Nanoscale Switches for Next-Generation Electronics

Posted on August 10th, 2015.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) website reports that two of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award (YFA) recipients have developed nanoscale electronic switches with reprogrammable features, similar to those at play in inter-neuron communication in the brain, which could find uses in next-generation reconfigurable electronic...

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Neurotech

Faster Typing With the Brain, Including Error Correction

Posted on August 3rd, 2015.

Neuroscientists at Stanford University have developed a technique that continuously corrects brain readings, resulting in a more precise way to type using a thought-controlled cursor. The researchers found that their technique is nearly as good as one-finger typing. Promising results have been obtained with monkeys, and a pilot clinical...

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Neuroscientists Look Inside the Mouse Brain at Nanoscale Resolution

Posted on July 31st, 2015.

Researchers at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Boston University School of Medicine, used a new brain imaging technology to look inside the brain of an adult mouse at a scale previously unachievable, generating images at a nanoscale resolution.

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Neuroscientists Develop Wireless Neural Implant for Remote Brain Control

Posted on July 17th, 2015.

Neuroscientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed an ultra-thin, minimally invasive device for controlling brain cells with drugs and light, and demonstrated that the device allows for wireless brain control by remotely drugging and controlling mice.

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Neuroscientists Watch Live How the Brain Recalls Memories

Posted on July 15th, 2015.

Neuroscientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have tracked nerve cells firing in the brains of rats as they plan where to go next, and obtained new insights on how the brain reconstructs memories. The study suggests that memories are more like separate but connected “snapshots” in the brain than uninterrupted video...

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Brainets – Researchers Establish Brain-To-Brain Networks in Monkeys and Rats

Posted on July 9th, 2015.

Neuroscientists at Duke University have linked the brains of groups of monkey and rats in networks, and demonstrated how the linked brains of two or more animals can work together to complete simple tasks.

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Neuroscientists Map Echolocation Systems in the Dolphin Brain

Posted on July 8th, 2015.

Neuroscientists have for the first time mapped the sensory and motor systems in the brains of dolphins, and shown that at least two areas of the dolphin brain are associated with the auditory system, unlike most mammals that primarily process sound in a single area.

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Artificial Intelligence

Telepathy is the Ultimate Communication Technology, says Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg

Posted on July 2nd, 2015.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is persuaded that we will become telepathic species. The technology of social networks like Facebook will, someday, become so advanced that people will be able to exchange thoughts directly, brain to brain, just like we exchange pictures of cats today.

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(Watch) Robot Cockroaches and Mind-Controlled Robotic Insects Coming Soon Near You

Posted on June 29th, 2015.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a cockroach-inspired robot that uses body streamlining to negotiate obstacles. Postdoctoral Fellow Chen Li built cockroach-like robots with rounded, streamlined carapaces that can slip through gaps thanks to their streamlined shape, outperforming typical box-like...

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Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Posted on June 26th, 2015.

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have built a fully functional neuron by using organic bioelectronics. This artificial neuron contain no “living” parts, but is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve cell and communicate in the same way as our own neurons do.

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Biotech

Disabled Patients Thought-Control Remote Telepresence Robots

Posted on June 25th, 2015.

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a revolutionary brain-machine interface to restore a sense of independence to the disabled. The research, which shows that it’s now possible to remotely control a robot from home with one’s thoughts, produced excellent results in both human and...

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Biotech

Ancient Viruses Hacked Human Brains

Posted on January 12th, 2015.

A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterize the human brain.

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Medicine

New In-Helmet Technology Monitors Football Concussions in Real-Time

Posted on January 10th, 2015.

In a recent poll, Bloomberg showed that half of American’s don’t want their children playing football. Even United States President Barack Obama was quoted saying if he had sons, he wouldn’t want them playing football; a sport so prone to concussions. The NFL’s new concussion rules may be strict on keeping the players safe, but players...

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Paralyzed Rats Walk Again With Biocompatible Flexible Neuroprosthetic Implant

Posted on January 9th, 2015.

A neuroprosthetic implant developed by EPFL scientists can be applied directly to the spinal cord without causing damage and inflammation. The soft cybernetic implant, which fuses electronics with biology, extracted cortical states in freely behaving animals for brain-machine interface and delivered electrochemical spinal neuromodulation...

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Biotech

Disruptions Changing Healthcare (And Life) As We Know It

Posted on December 26th, 2014.

In five years, the world is moving toward an average of 10 devices per household. By 2020, predictions account for 20 billion devices globally. Connectivity is becoming a way of life. The mobile healthcare market, for example, is expected to grow to $60 billion in 2015. Concepts such as “Continuous Healthcare” would use...