Category: Computer-Brain Interfaces

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Eliza Strickland | IEEE Spectrum | Source URL The N3 program will create no-surgery-required neurotech that the general public may also find useful Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned home with […]

Forget passwords, ‘brainprints’ could be used to identify exactly who you are

Mark Prigg | The Daily Mail | Source URL Humans have a unique ‘brainprint’ that doesn’t change throughout our life, researchers have found. Known as a ‘functional fingerprint’, it could help identify people, and can even tell if people are related – and distinguish between twins. It could also unlock […]

The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops

Jack Corrigan | NextGov | Source URL The Defense Department’s research arm is working on a project that connects human operators’ brains to the systems they’re controlling—and vice versa. The idea of humans controlling machines with their minds has spun off sci-fi blockbusters like “Pacific Rim” and entire subgenres of […]

Companies using controversial AI software to help hire or fire employees – and gauge whether they like their boss

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Sometime soon, artificial intelligence could be to blame for you getting hired or fired. A growing number of employers have turned to AI to make hiring and firing decisions, as well as to determine how people feel about their bosses, according to the […]

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

Kristen V. Brown | Gizmodo | Source URL How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a controversial, cutting-edge brain chip technology that could one day treat everything from major depressive disorder to hand cramps? […]

Electric shock to the brain boosts memory ’15 per cent’

Henry Bodkin The Telegraph A device that gives the brain electric shocks has prompted hope for Alzheimer’s patients after an initial trial showed it could improve memory by 15 per cent. The US study was described as “promising” by British Experts, but they cautioned it was too early to say for sure if […]

How ‘wi-fi’ connects human brains and explains why people have ‘gut feelings’

Sarah KnaptonThe Telegraph Humans brains are interconnected through type of ‘wi-fi’ which allows us to pick up far more information about other people than we are aware of, a leading professor claims. Prof Digby Tantum, Clinical Professor of Psychotherapy, at the University of Sheffield, believes that language plays only a part in […]

Nissan’s Car of the Future Will Read Your Brain Waves

The Japanese company will unveil and test its “brain-to-vehicle” technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The “B2V” system requires a driver to wear a skullcap that measures brain-wave activity and transmits its readings to steering, acceleration and braking systems that can start responding before the driver initiates the […]

AI implants will allow us to control our homes with our thoughts within 20 years, government report claims

Sarah Knapton The Telegraph Artificially intelligent nano-machines will be injected into humans within 20 years to repair and enhance muscles, cells and bone, a senior inventor at IBM has forecast. John McNamara, who works at IBM Hursley Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, submitted evidence to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee, […]

Is this the future of online shopping? High-tech headset tracks the brain’s subconscious response to different items as you browse (and it’s proof clothes really CAN make you happy)

The Daily Mail All women will be familiar with that rush of excitement that comes when you lay eyes on the perfect LBD or pair of heels. But what if technology could harness that instinctive surge of emotion to help you make the right purchase – without so much as […]

Scientists Just Used Brain Stimulation to Literally Change How People Think

Dom Galeon Futurism HITTING THE RIGHT LOBES A team of researchers from Boston University (BU) has explored the possibility of enhancing a person’s ability to learn and control their behavior — in short, to change how people think — by stimulating the brain. BU researcher Robert Reinhart used a new form of brain stimulation, called high-definition […]

Synchronising brain waves using electric pulses could ‘turbocharge’ memory and help treat autism

The Daily Mail Synchronising brain waves using pulses from electrodes can ‘turbocharge’ the brain, new research has found. The artificial mental boosts can be used when carrying out small tasks or recovering from mistakes. It can help improve memory, focus and self-control, researchers claim. The technique could eventually offer a […]

Apple and Cochlear reveal revolutionary implant that can stream sound directly from an iPhone to the ears of the hard-of-hearing

Reuters via The Daily Mail Cochlear said it can now stream audio directly from Apple‘s iPhone, iPad and iPod to the microchips in its hearing implants without having to use an additional device. Previously, Cochlear’s sound processors worked with mobile phones, but implant wearers had to connect the sound processor to […]

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

IEEE Spectrum DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons. Today’s best brain implants, like the experimental system that a paralyzed man used to control a robotic […]

US Government on Verge of Reading Minds

Carey Wedler The Antimedia Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University recently made a scientific breakthrough using machine algorithms to accurately guess what people are thinking. In other words, as the university referred to it, they have “harness[ed] ‘mind reading’ technology to decode complex thoughts.” The researchers report that they can “now use brain […]

US military reveals $65m funding for ‘Matrix’ projects to plug human brains directly into a computer

Mark Prigg The Daily Mail The US military has revealed $65 of funding for a programme to develop a ‘brain chip’ allowing humans to simply plug into a computer. They say the system could give soldiers supersenses and even help treat people with blindness, paralysis and speech disorders The goal […]

The computer that know what humans will do next: Radical system can read body language in real time and even track movements of multiple people

The Daily Mail A new computer code could provide robots the capabilities to better understand the humans around them, paving the way for more perceptive machines, from self-driving cars to surveillance. The new technique allows a computer to understand body poses and movements of multiple people, even tracking parts as […]

This Silicon Valley company wants to ‘make better humans’ through biohacking

Uptin Saiidi CNBC Video Michael Brandt has all the resume highlights that tech entrepreneurs dream of: Stanford grad, ex-Google employee and an Andreessen Horowitz backing for his startup. He’s the co-founder of HVMN (allegedly pronounced “human”) — formerly Nootrobox — which sells subscriptions for monthly boxes of cognitive supplements. The company […]

Brain signals deliver first targeted treatment for world’s most common movement disorder

Jennifer Langston University of Washington via Science Daily Essential tremor is the world’s most common movement disorder, affecting an estimated 7 million people in the U.S. alone. The hallmark of this disease is an involuntary, rhythmic shaking during intentional movement, complicating everyday tasks like writing, eating and drinking. When resting […]

Scientists made an AI that can read minds

This new deep learning algorithm can analyze brain scans to predict thoughts. Tom Reagan Engadget Whether it’s using AI to help organize a Lego collection or relying on an algorithm to protect our cities, deep learning neural networks seemingly become more impressive and complex each day. Now, however, some scientists […]