Archive | October, 2013

Data-mining our dreams

Using computer analysis to decode the meaning of dreams The Dream, 1910 (credit: Henri Rousseau/Museum of Modern Art) Many people assume that this quest to interpret dreams has failed. This conclusion is premature, Kelly Bulkeley, former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and author of Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History,” writes […]

IBM unveils concept for a future brain-inspired 3D computer

IBM Zurick’s vision of a 3D computer (credit: IBM Zurich) IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls “electronic blood,” BBC News reports. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fueled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. The human brain packs phenomenal computing power […]

Cyborg swarm maps unknown environments

(Credit: Edgar Lobaton.) Remember the much-debated “biobots” (remotely controlled cockroaches — see How to remotely control cockroach cyborgs and Kinect tracks bionic rescue roaches) created by researchers from North Carolina State University? Well, here’s an update: they have now developed software that allows for mapping unknown environments — such as collapsed buildings — based on the movement of a swarm of […]

How the brain ‘takes out the trash’ while we sleep

Image shows cerebral spinal fluid (in blue) entering the brain via a “plumbing system” that piggybacks on the brain’s blood vessels (credit: URMC) A new study shows that a recently discovered system that flushes waste from the brain is primarily active during sleep, giving fresh meaning to the old adage that a good night’s sleep clears the […]

Singularity University Summit Europe 2013

Dates: Nov 15 – 16, 2013; Location: Budapest, Hungary Join technology experts, global CEOs, CTOs and Chief Strategists at the first Singularity University (SU) European Summit on Exponential Technologies 2013 is the year that Singularity University will expand its presence abroad. In November of this year, SU will launch the Summit Europe, bringing together thought leaders and high […]

Restoring touch for amputees using a touch-sensitive prosthetic hand

New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain (credit: PNAS) New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via […]

Take back the Internet – by Bruce Schneier

September 17, 2013 by Bruce Schneier Bruce Schneier (credit: Geoffrey Stone) Government and industry have betrayed the Internet, and us. By subverting the Internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our Internet infrastructure, the companies that […]

Minority Report-style pre-crime prediction using Twitter data: possible?

Retweet graph of Project X dataset (snapshot at 2012-09-26 04:32:15). (credit: Marijn ten Thij/University o Twente) It’s the year 2054, where “PreCrime,” a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.” That’s the premise of the Minority Report film. Now University of Twente (UT) mathematics student Marijn ten Thij* has developed a mathematical model that he says […]

The Human Brain Project has officially begun

Scientists from the 135 partner institutions meeting in Switzerland this week Simulated neuronal network showing 3D shapes of individual cells (reconstructed from lab data). Blue cells are silent, red cells are firing. (Credit: EPFL/Blue Brain Project) On Monday, October 7, 2013, scientists from the 135 partner institutions of the Human Brain Project — “the world’s most ambitious […]