Scientists just discovered how to jump start consciousness in monkeys

Scientists just discovered how to jump start consciousness in monkeys

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Consciousness is still one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, and scientists are getting closer to unravelling its secrets.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The source of consciousness has always been a mystery – arguably the ultimate...

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DARPA announces plans to build conscious robots using insect brains

DARPA announces plans to build conscious robots using insect brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF On the one hand you can write advanced AI software to control your robots, or we can use what nature’s already given us…   There’s a field called Neurobiotics that, unsurprisingly, many people haven’t heard of that I came across recently where scientists try to...

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This new test will tell us if AI has become self-aware and gained consciousness

This new test will tell us if AI has become self-aware and gained consciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The proof that we are turning science fiction into science fact every day is all around us, so we should conclude that one day AI will become conscious and self-aware, and now we can test for it.   A few weeks ago Facebook unveiled their...

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Scientists have used a new breakthrough treatment to wake up coma patients

Scientists have used a new breakthrough treatment to wake up coma patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When patients fall into comas the effects on them, and their loved ones can be fatal or at best catastrophic, but a new breakthrough treatment has managed to wake up long term comatose patients.   Sometimes when people experience a severe brain injury, or trauma,...

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Scientists discover a giant  neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

Scientists discover a giant neuron around the brain that could explain conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One of life’s mysteries is why life exists in the first place, and the mystery of consciousness comes a close second, but the latter might be about to be solved.   Consciousness has long baffled, well, everyone. Let’s face it – noone really knows why...

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Scientists might have found the source of human conciousness

Scientists might have found the source of human conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If humans can understand where consciousness comes from then it’s possible we can one day understand how it “works”, and once we understand how something works we can re-create it in, for example, an AI.   Right now your eyes and your optic nerves are...

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