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Category: Digital Brain

Now AI Can Turn Your Brain Waves into Text

Brain-machine interfaces have come a long way in the last decade. Now a group of computer scientists and neuroscientists from the University of San Francisco have taken things a step further. The researchers used two neural networks to decode their participant’s brain activity and determine what they were saying. What they achieved was real-time translation…

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A Deep Dive on Deepfakes: Whats to gain and whats at risk?

The term ‘deepfake’ has only been around a couple of years, but there is a lot of interest—good and bad—in it’s potential. What’s a deepfake? It’s a fake image or video produced using artificial intelligence. Feed enough data into an algorithm, and it will learn to create eerily realistic fabrications of whatever it was trained…

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How You (and a Computer) Learn the ‘Rules of the Game’

In 1848, the 25-year-old Phineas Gage was working on a railroad in Vermont, packing explosive powder into a hole with an iron tamper. Unexpectedly, the powder exploded, sending the tamper backwards through Gage’s skull and brain. That he survived is a miracle, but astonishingly he even seemed capable of functioning effectively, maintaining normal memory, speech,…

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All Too Human

To pass the Turing test, a computer program must convince a human judge that it is a human by answering a series of questions the judge presents. “A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.” —Alan Turing What does convincing the judge prove?…

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Making the Transition From Biological to Mechanical Mind

“I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’” —Alan Turing If we can map the brain in all its fine detail and reproduce it on a computer, perhaps we can upload people. As data residing in the cloud, life could extend on forever, the world we experience could consist of any conception from within…

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What Can We Share on a Mind-Melding Social Network?

We’re still in the early days of brain science. The most complex thing in the universe still constantly surprises and confuses us. But, that won’t stop us from connecting them. I know that because we already have. While the signals being sent back and forth are rudimentary words such as “hola,” we all know how…

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The Ins and Outs of Brain-to-Brain Communication

Can you imagine a world in which we can think thoughts at each other? No talking, no texting, typing, or hand-waving. You just think something to someone, then they experience that thought. The world would be a very different place. But it appears we might one day see it. The pieces required for brain-to-brain communication are already…

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