Category: Science

How The CIA Used Brain Surgery To Make Six Remote Control Dogs

How The CIA Used Brain Surgery To Make Six Remote Control Dogs

Andrew Whalen | Newsweek | Source URL Newly released files from “behavior modification,” or mind control, projects conducted as part of the infamous Project MKUltra reveal the CIA experimented in more than controlling humans with psychotropic drugs, electrical shocks and radio waves—they also created field operational, remote-controlled dogs. The documents […]

Google’s Duplex AI chat bot that ‘rings restaurants to make bookings for you’ is rolling out to Pixel owners in the US

The Daily Mail | Source URL Google has released its artificial intelligence chat agent, Duplex into the wider world despite initial criticism over the technology. Google has expanded the remit of the chat agent, which can arrange appointments over the phone from a ‘small set of trusted users’, to a […]

Strange Looking ‘Tesla Tower’ In Texas Aims To Transmute Electricity Wirelessly

Strange Looking ‘Tesla Tower’ In Texas Aims To Transmute Electricity Wirelessly

Arjun WaliaCE | Collective Evolution | Source URL Is it possible to transmit electricity wirelessly? Some claim yes, that this type of technology was not only utilized in ancient times, like in Egypt for example but also by 19th-century scientists and mystic Nikola Tesla. Although Tesla has become quite a […]

National biometric database could be on the way (and in private hands)

Greg Nichols | cNet | Source URL AI-based facial recognition and fingerprinting are allowing new levels of authentication, but privacy advocates should be concerned. When a national fingerprinting company joins forces with a startup that authenticates identity using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction in natural settings, the future of […]

Google algorithm can monitor searches for ‘diarrhea’ and other symptoms of food poisoning in real time to warn you of unsafe restaurants

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL Google may soon tell you which restaurants could give you food poisoning. The tech giant is working with Harvard University to develop an algorithm that analyzes Google searches to spot which restaurants might have food safety issues. Researchers say it’s capable […]

A better way to diagnose depression? Scientists can now ‘see’ mood disorders using brain scans

The Daily Mail | Source URL Scientists can now see anxiety and depression by monitoring electrical signals in the brain, which could allow them to better diagnose and treat the mood disorders.   Both conditions are thought to be vastly under-diagnosed, and our methods of detecting them are highly subjective. Without […]

China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

Stephen Chen | South China Morning Post | Source URL The 27 boys and four girls, all aged 18 and under, were selected for the four-year “experimental programme for intelligent weapons systems” at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) from more than 5,000 candidates, the school said on its website. […]

Changing The Dynamics Of Law In India With The Arrival Of Artificial Intelligence And Robotics

Adithya Anil Variath | Activist Post | Source URL Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not an uncommon term, especially to followers of global governance and fintech. The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined by John McCarthy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially […]

This is how hackers can wipe your memory and steal your thoughts

Charlie Osborne | ZDNet | Source URL What if a hacker could one day enter your mind at will, stealing information, tweaking or eradicating memories, or causing debilitating damage? It might seem like a concept born from Altered Carbon’s stack technologies, but according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and the […]

Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s can be hacked and used to control people, scientists warn

Natasha Bernal | The Telegraph | Source URL Brain implants used to treat Parkinson’s disease could be hacked by cyber attackers and used to control people, scientists have claimed. A report by the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group and cyber security company Kaspersky claims that people’s memories could be exploited by hackers […]

Armed drones, iris scanners, and smart glasses that can spot suspects in a crowd: China shows off high-tech security gadgets at Beijing expo

AFP | Source URL From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country’s police. The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as […]

US military is trying to ‘breed’ an AI with the ‘basic common sense’ of a ten-year-old child as part of a $2 billion project

Harry Petit | The Daily Mail | Source URL The US military is chasing a ‘third wave’ of artificial intelligence (AI) that will see robots endowed with the basic common sense of a 10-year-old child. Its research branch the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is calling for researchers to […]

US DOT tells self-driving shuttle company to stop transporting kids

Looks like Transdev never got explicit approval for ‘school buses.’ Engadget | Source URL Sorry kids, neither you nor robots can be trusted. The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has told Transdev North America to stop hauling children around in its EZ10 Generation II autonomous […]

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

Courtney Humphries | MIT Technology Review | Source URL Hossein Rahnama knows a CEO of a major financial company who wants to live on after he’s dead, and Rahnama thinks he can help him do it. Rahnama is creating a digital avatar for the CEO that they both hope could […]

Biohackers Are Implanting Everything From Magnets to Sex Toys

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg | Source URL (Bloomberg Businessweek) — Patrick Kramer sticks a needle into a customer’s hand and injects a microchip the size of a grain of rice under the skin. “You’re now a cyborg,” he says after plastering a Band-Aid on the small wound between Guilherme Geronimo’s […]

Police trial Fitbit-style tracker devices to monitor suspects’ health in custody after highest number of deaths in detention for 10 years

Tim Stickings | The Daily Mail | Source URL Police could start using fitness tracker-style devices to monitor suspects’ vital signs while in custody, following the highest number of deaths in police detention for 10 years. Two UK forces are considering using the technology, which has been trialled in the NHS and […]

Robotic Security Forces On Patrol In NYC Prompt Privacy Concerns For Some

CBS New York | Source URL NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The security force of the future is already patrolling several neighborhoods in the Tri-State Area. The robotic protectors can see what you’re doing and even talk back to you, but the machines created by a New Yorker have prompted serious privacy […]

Google’s ‘horrifying’ Duplex AI bot set to come to Pixel 3 phones next month

Mark Prigg | The Daily Mail | Source URL When Google first introduced its phone-calling digital concierge Duplex in May, some thought it sounded too human, while others worried that it would secretly record calls with people. The AI’s first demonstration at a Google Developer conference prompted a massive backlash against the […]