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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Solar panels made from cyborg bacteria promise even cheaper energy

Solar panels made from cyborg bacteria promise even cheaper energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyborg bacteria could be used to replace today’s silicon solar panels with higher efficiency, lower cost panels that help accelerate the renewable energy revolution.   Although most life on Earth relies upon photosynthesis as its sole source of energy, the process has a weak link...

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Scientists turn a Drangonfly into a controllable, living drone

Scientists turn a Drangonfly into a controllable, living drone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While many people are focused on traditional drones there are others who are trying to create bio-machine drone hybrids, and their uses could include surveillance and other nefarious purposes.   At a certain point it becomes really difficult to scale down machines, after all, a...

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Scientists use magnetism to remotely control mice

Scientists use magnetism to remotely control mice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists ability to control mice remotely using magnetism could open up new avenues to treat a wide range of degenerative neurological disorders.   An international group of scientists based at the Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) has, for the first time, demonstrated that...

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Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045

Kurzweil: AI aces Turing Test in 2029, and the Singularity arrives in 2045

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the capabilities of artificial intelligence increase, and as technology improves at an exponential rate Kurzweil re-affirms his predictions.   Most people will know of, or at least heard of, Ray Kurzweil, Google’s famed Director of Engineering, and one of the world’s leading futurists. He’s...

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New ‘Cyborg’ brain implants could help paralysed people walk again

New ‘Cyborg’ brain implants could help paralysed people walk again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the future we’ll communicate with machines and other people using a form of telepathy, these new glassy carbon sensors just moved us another inch forward.   Over the past few years advances in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI’s), which are essentially interface...

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