Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE How far would you go to keep your mind from failing? Would you go so far as to let a doctor drill a hole in your skull and stick a microchip in your brain? It’s not an idle question. In recent years neuroscientists have made major advances in cracking the code of memory, figuring out exactly how the human brain stores information and learning to reverse-engineer the process. Now they’ve reached the stage where they’re starting to put all of that theory into practice. Last month two research teams reported success at using electrical signals, carried into the brain via implanted wires, to boost memory in small groups of test patients. “It’s a major milestone in demonstrating the ability to restore memory function in humans,” says Dr. Robert Hampson, a neuroscientist at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the leader of one of the teams. The research is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which … [Read more...] about Memory-boosting brain implants are in the works. Would you get one?
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By George Musser, SpectrumMar. 9, 2018 , 9:00 AM Originally published on Spectrum Satsuki Ayaya remembers finding it hard to play with other children when she was young, as if a screen separated her from them. Sometimes she felt numb, sometimes too sensitive; sometimes sounds were muted, sometimes too sharp. As a teenager, desperate to understand herself, she began keeping a journal. “I started to write my ideas in my notebooks, like: What’s happened to me? Or: What’s wrong with me? Or: Who am I?” she says, “I wrote, wrote, wrote. I filled maybe 40 notebooks.” Today, at 43, Ayaya has a better sense of who she is: She was diagnosed with autism when she was in her early 30s. As a Ph.D. student in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Tokyo, she is using the narratives from her teen years and after to generate hypotheses and suggest experiments about autism — a form of self-analysis called Tojisha-Kenkyu, introduced nearly 20 … [Read more...] about Does autism arise because the brain is continually surprised?
From software development to construction to logistics and finance, every company has projects that need planning, managing and monitoring. But the tools we use to do that are often complex, designed for specialists and don’t do as much as they could to warn about potential problems. Could AI-powered decision support systems and automation make more of your projects successful by reducing costs and mistakes, analyzing risks, making things more efficient or keeping things on time and on budget?Here is an early look at how artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics could affect project outcomes in the years to come.Thinking about riskManaging a project well takes more than just making a great plan in advance and sticking to it. Interdependencies within your project and external changes make outcomes unpredictable. Estimates and many forecasts are at best intuition; at worst, guesses and handwaving. Modern management techniques such as agile and continuous … [Read more...] about How AI could revolutionize project management
Two years ago, luxury car brand Bentley created an app to solve what must be the epitome of first world problems: helping customers pick the right Bentayga SUV, based on facial emotion analysis. The Inspirator App, which is no longer available, scanned your facial expressions while showing different videos containing “lifestyle-themed stimuli” to work out which customizable features — wheels, paint, and interior — best fit your taste. The app was a gimmicky tool at best; something fun to play with for those who can afford a $300,000 car but in no way a scientifically valid method to match emotion to preference. Still, technology that can read your emotions is becoming increasingly advanced — and marketers are taking notice. Emotions play an important role in the customer’s decision to make a purchase, so emotional analytics are of great value to marketers and advertisers. Emotional creatures “We tend to think of ourselves as … [Read more...] about Computers can now read emotions — here’s how that will help you sell products
During the last century, science managed to make gigantic leaps in understanding how the human brain functions. Unfortunately, the majority of the most significant experiments and researches were carried out on Nazi captives, within the dark halls of concentration camps. Cutting through people’s brains and exposing them to highly inhumane stimulations showed us a lot about how we think, memorize, perceive, etc. Thankfully the era where scalps are opened without anesthesia is long gone, and we now use much less physically invasive tech to learn about human behaviour, traits and brain rhythms. Details about neuronal activity are now collected (semi-)directly through technologies that can read and monitor brainwaves, and in-depth analysis of yourself is then done through complex algorithms. All that 'chatter' you hear about services like Facebook and Twitter, or devices, such as some of Bose's headphones , alleging records of copious amounts of personal data, is not just chatter, … [Read more...] about ‘New human rights’ proposed to fend off thought theft and brain control. Hello, 1984!