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July 30, 2014

Astrocytes Found to Power Memory In The Brain



Astrocytes discovery

 Neuroscience
In a new study, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences researchers have found that brain cells called astrocytes can control the brain’s gamma waves, and may be responsible for how memories are stored.

July 29, 2014

Predicting the Stock Market With Google Searches



Predicting the Stock Market With Google Searches

 Predicting the Future
A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston University have developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls.

Are We Asking The Right Questions About Smart Drugs?



Are We Asking The Right Questions About Smart Drugs?

 Smart Drugs
Are we asking the right questions about smart drugs? Marek Kohn from Mosaic looks at the issue in depth.

Researchers Develop a System for Detecting Driver Fatigue



Researchers Develop a System for Detecting Driver Fatigue

 Driving
Along with cars that drive themselves, researchers with a new European project called HARKEN are developing systems that monitor drivers to keep them operating their vehicles safely.  

July 28, 2014

Record Sales of Robotics In North America Reported for First Half of 2014




 Robotics
Recent economic and robotics news seems to counter worries about technological unemployment.  So far 2014 has been the strongest ever for robotics sales in North America, and this corresponds with a drop in the unemployment rate.

Brain Cell Transplantation Reverses Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease Model



Brain Cell Transplantation Reverses Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease Model


 Neuroscience
A new study has revealed a way to alleviate the learning and memory deficits caused by the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, improving cognition to normal levels in aged mice. 

Nuance Creates the Winograd Schema Challenge As Alternative to the Turing Test



Nuance Creates the Winograd Schema Challenge As Alternative to the Turing Test

 Artificial Intelligence
With the initial report that a computer modeled after a 13-year-old boy had passed the Turing Test, followed much skepticism and doubt, Nuance has announced a new way to measure Artificial Intelligence with the Winograd Schema Challenge, an annually hosted hosted competition with Commonsense.org to push the boundaries of Artificial Intelligence.

Google Attempting To Map The Human Body



Google Attempting To Map The Human Body

 Medicine
Google’s newest health-related project aims to create a crowd-sourced data-set of human health by collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from users.

July 25, 2014

Researchers Propose New Strategy To Fight Aging



Researchers Propose New Strategy To Fight Aging

 Anti-Aging
By the year 2050, the number of people over the age of 80 will triple globally. This unprecedented demographic shift could come at great cost to individuals and economies. Now researchers are raising the alarm over the need to fight aging.

Elon Musk Talks About the Future with Stephen Colbert




 Elon Musk
Although Elon Musk may have dashed Stephen Colbert's dreams of a jet-pack, the serial entrepreneur and technology creator had plenty more to excite the host and audience when he appeared on the Colbert Report last night.

July 24, 2014

Artificial Intelligence Uncovers the Musical Progression of The Beatles



Artificial Intelligence Uncovers the Musical Progression of The Beatles

 Artificial Intelligence
Computer scientists at Lawrence Technological University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that analyzes and compares musical styles.  They have used to study the musical progression of the Beatles. 

Experimental Surgery Brings Bionic Hearing to Deaf Boy



Experimental Surgery Brings Bionic Hearing to Deaf Boy

 Brain Implants
Auguste Majkowski was born deaf but can now hear after undergoing experimental surgery to implant a bionic device directly into his brain stem.

July 23, 2014

The New AI Spring



The New AI Spring

 Artificial Intelligence
As we track developments in artificial intelligence there is undoubtedly a greater awareness around the current capabilities of the technology and the path forward.  It is now widely agreed that we are in an unprecedented era of large-scale development in the field.

July 22, 2014

Algorithm Allows For Much Faster Internet



Algorithm Allows For Much Faster Internet

 Internet
Researchers have developed a new mathematically-based technique that can boost internet data speeds by up to ten times, making nodes of a network much smarter and more adaptable. The advance also vastly improves the security of data transmissions, and may impact the future of 5G mobile networks, satellite communications and the Internet of Things.
 
The Story of the Chessboard


The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

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