AI has learnt how to predict how smart you are from brain scans

AI has learnt how to predict how smart you are from brain scans

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to gauge a smart a person is just from a brain scan could provide scientists with new insights into the brain.   Scientists in the US have announced they’ve developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that can tell how smart a person is...

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Scientists put a worms mind into a Lego robot to control it, and it worked

Scientists put a worms mind into a Lego robot to control it, and it worked

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The convergence of biological intelligence with robotics will be an area of increasing interest in the future.   It’s not something you do every day, put a worms brain into a Lego robot… but then again you’re probably not a scientist. This is the promise...

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Revolutionary injectable brain implant restores mobility in paralysed patients

Revolutionary injectable brain implant restores mobility in paralysed patients

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People with paralysis or nervous disorders could soon be regaining their movement thanks to a revolutionary new form of wireless brain machine interface.   Imagine if a tiny matchstick sized brain implant could circumvent damaged spinal cords and help paralysed people, and anyone for that...

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Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time

Editing living memories demonstrated for the first time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all have memories we’d like to change, keep, or even, perhaps, edit, embellish, or erase, and now the technology to do all of these and more, including correcting blindness and reversing dementia, has just been demonstrated in living subjects.   Recently scientists transferred memories...

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This AI reads your mind to recreate the faces you’re thinking of

This AI reads your mind to recreate the faces you’re thinking of

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to read someone’s mind leads down two roads. It can either be used as part of a dystopian state apparatus, or to help catch criminals and help people who can’t communicate communicate.   It’s frustrating to have a clear mental image of something...

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Scientists successfully transferred memories between two snails

Scientists successfully transferred memories between two snails

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain still has many mysteries, memory formation being one of them, but breakthroughs in epigenetics and neuroscience are starting to unravel them and it could lead to new sci-fi like capabilities and revolutionary new healthcare treatments.   A lot has been going on in...

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Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can simulate 10 percent of the human brain in a supercomputer, but a whole brain simulation would revolutionise neuroscience, unlock the secrets of the brain and lead to new breakthrough cognitive treatments.   The renowned physicist Dr. Richard Feynman once said “What I...

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Researchers use mind-reading AI to put people’s thoughts on TV

Researchers use mind-reading AI to put people’s thoughts on TV

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to read people’s minds, and visualise what they’re thinking and their memories on a screen will revolutionise almost every part of society, and that’s before we start talking about telepathy and futuristic brain downloading.   It already seems a little like computers can...

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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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Scientists found a way to selectively erase memories forever

Scientists found a way to selectively erase memories forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine being able to forget memories at the flick of a switch, and now imagine the impact that would have on your life, good or bad. As scientists unravel the mysteries of the brain one day this will become science fact.   One thing that...

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Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech

Facebook launches itself into developing brain reading tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mark Zuckerberg wants to create the world’s largest, and maybe only, telepathic network and he’s slowly pulling all the pieces together.   As if Facebook wasn’t already pervasive enough in everyday life, with the total number of users reaching two billion people, the company’s newly...

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Dreamcatchers, researchers announce they can see into people’s dreams

Dreamcatchers, researchers announce they can see into people’s dreams

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We already have the nascent technology that allows us to stream live movies from people’s minds but streaming dreams has been illusive because we didn’t know where they originated, until now.   Throughout the Millennia our dreams, and our ability to dream, has fuelled everything...

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DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but as we get closer to being able to upload knowledge to our brains “Matrix” style, the tables could be about to turn.   Being a spy, or a solider for that...

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Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

Lifting the curtain on NeuraLink, Elon Musk’s adventure to connect humans and machines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As artificial intelligence gets better at out performing humans visionary entrepreneurs like Elon Musk want to make sure humanity isn’t left on the sidelines, a footnote in an AI history book.   Earlier this week wannabe Mars explorer, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, founder and billionaire...

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Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains

Researchers use brain scanning tech to stream movies from peoples brains

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is one of the most complicated objects in the universe but now scientists are managing to decode it to stream our dreams, emotions and thoughts.   Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scanners are an intriguing technology. After all, how many other technologies can...

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Brain scan experiment detects guilt, opens the way for pre-crime tech

Brain scan experiment detects guilt, opens the way for pre-crime tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect that someone feels guilty could be used to detect the likelihood of a crime happening, as well as assign blame after the event.   Neuroscientists around the world have been trying to decipher the brain and all of its beautiful complexity...

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New brain research discovers people are great at predicting what’ll go viral

New brain research discovers people are great at predicting what’ll go viral

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Why does anything go viral? Ask a million people and a million people will have a million different answers, but according to new research the real answer’s inside your head.   I have to admit that as I read through the science behind this news,...

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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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New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

New brain reading computer lets paralysed patients communicate by thought

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many people take the ability to communicate for granted, but millions of people aren’t as fortunate, but new computing systems are breaking down the walls.   Those crazy researchers at Stanford University have done it again – not content building virtual reality avatars with three arms...

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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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