Blockchain startups are trying to break big tech’s hold on AI

Blockchain startups are trying to break big tech’s hold on AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Companies with better brand recognition, and deeper pockets, are cornering the market for AI talent, but now companies want break that hold, and they have a way to do it.   Despite how easy the combination is to mock, the idea of applying the Blockchain...

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Scientists have created a decoder to turn brain activity into speech

Scientists have created a decoder to turn brain activity into speech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For a wide range of reasons many people have speaking disabilities, but now a Brain to Speech breakthrough gives them their voices back.   Scientists have announced a breakthrough in Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that has, for the first time, let them translate electrical...

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Researchers unveil the world’s first programable DNA computer prototype

Researchers unveil the world’s first programable DNA computer prototype

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of computing isn’t silicon, it isn’t even quantum, it’s biological, and it’s coming.   We’ve already turned bacteria into computing and storage devices that we’ve used to re-play videos from, and perform basic calculations, but just like tomorrow’s Biological computers DNA too, it’s...

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Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

Scientists discovered a way to read information directly from black holes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The physics behind Quantum Mechanics mean scientists have discovered a way to read information directly from within blackholes, which is just awesome.   Black holes are gravitational monsters, squeezing gas and dust down to a microscopic point like great cosmic trash compactors, and they’re getting...

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Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

Experts believe Chinese scientist who Gene-Hacked twins “likely boosted their brainpower”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Genetic enhancement has a variety of unknown impacts on human biology and cognition, and we are no where near to understanding them.   When now infamous Chinese scientists He Jiankui edited the genes of human twin babies last year, he was reportedly trying to make them immune...

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World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

World first as scientists get the “Extinction Gene” to work in mammals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Gene drives over rule the laws of genetic inheritance, which means you can cure inherited genetic diseases forever, wipe out the entire human population, and everything in between.   The phrase Gene Drive often sends a shudder down a scientist’s spine, one of awe and...

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Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

Researchers 3D printed a working spinal chord implant in 1.6 seconds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you break your spine, you’re paralysed, but paralysis is increasingly no longer for life.   3D Bio-Printing, an offshoot of its better known cousin 3D Printing, lets scientists manufacture everything from real bones, cartilage, corneas and kidneys, to hearts, ovaries, skin, and teeth, by laying...

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A lab grown brain just spontaneously started producing its own brain waves

A lab grown brain just spontaneously started producing its own brain waves

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While we are becoming increasingly adept at growing brains, we still don’t know much about them.   Researchers are doing a lot with brains – whether it’s growing them in jars, or even 3D printing them, but now a team of neuroscientists from the University...

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Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are increasingly few areas of work and society that technology isn’t influencing, and even stuntmen aren’t immune.   A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system has been used to create computer animated stuntmen that could make action movies cooler than before. Researchers at University of...

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Revolutionary brain prosthetic that boosts human memory by 35 percent unveiled

Revolutionary brain prosthetic that boosts human memory by 35 percent unveiled

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF They say to live a full life you should experience everything life has to offer, but if you suffer from dementia remembering it all is near impossible, until now.   Just months after two different teams of researchers figured out hot to edit and delete...

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World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Medical scanners haven’t advanced much in decades, this new scanner is faster, higher resolution and produces insights into the human body not possible using today’s technology.   Recently I talked about a new innovation that lets doctors create movies of the behaviour of cells in...

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Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Having access to ultrasound is like having a window into your body, and now it’s on a patch.   Earlier this year we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego in the US had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see...

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DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

DARPA splashes $1.5bn to re-invent the way electronics are designed and made

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a concern that the lack of focus on developing new, advanced hardware will put US business and its military at a serious disadvantage in the future so DARPA is quadrupling its investments.   There is now question that the electronics industry has been...

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Scientists have 3D printed the world’s first physical neural network

Scientists have 3D printed the world’s first physical neural network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print advanced and complex AI’s mean we can produce them cheaply and position them at the edge of networks where computer power might be limited.   Recently a team of researchers in the US revolutionised artificial intelligence when they made the world’s first...

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Scientists achieve world first by following a thought through the human brain

Scientists achieve world first by following a thought through the human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we are ever going to unravel the mysteries of the mind, and help find new treatments for cognitive diseases, we first have to understand how the brain works.   A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in...

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Researchers have read the mind of a “black box” AI using cell biology

Researchers have read the mind of a “black box” AI using cell biology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we continue to endeavour to read the mind of today’s so called black box AI’s there may be more than one way to do it, and while turning to biology is unconventional, it works.   The deep neural networks that power today’s Artificial Intelligence...

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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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Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone has access to a lab grade microscope, and if you’re a doctor in the middle of nowhere that’s an issue that will delay disease diagnosis and potentially put lives at risk, this breakthrough will revolutionise front line medicine.   Today we are on...

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Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

Two breakthroughs make it impossible to fake nuclear weapon decommissioning

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Making sure countries subject to nuclear disarmament treaties are actually decommissioning real, not fake, nuclear weapons has always posed a problem, this breakthrough will no longer let the fakers get away with it.   In past negotiations aimed at reducing the arsenals of the world’s...

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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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