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How technology is merging with the human body

By Daniel Waterhouse The gulf between “human” and “machine” is closing. Machine learning has enabled virtual reality to feel more “real” than ever before, and AI’s replication of processes that were once confined to the human brain is ever-improving. Both are bringing technology into ever-closer proximity with the human body. Things are getting weird. And [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse

By Riley Beggin, Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — moving, remembering, learning. He was fascinated. The neurotechnology is [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Manage Your Emotions Without Fighting Them

By Susan David, We often hear tips and tricks for helping us to “control” our emotions, but that’s the wrong idea: strong emotions aren’t bad, and they don’t need to be pushed down or controlled; they are, in fact, data. Our emotions evolved as a signaling system, a way to help us communicate with each [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Harvard scientists think they’ve pinpointed the physical source of consciousness

By FIONA MACDONALD Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises. But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after pinpointing a network of three specific regions [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Music for Productivity? Silence

By OLGA KHAZAN, Like most modern “knowledge” workers, I spend my days in an open office. That means I also spend my days amid ringing phones, the inquisitive tones of co-workers conducting interviews, and—because we work in a somewhat old, infamous building—the pounding and drilling of seemingly endless renovations. Even so, the #content must still [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Neurable nets $2 million to build brain-controlled software for AR and VR

BY TAYLOR HATMAKER As consumers get their first taste of voice-controlled home robots and motion-based virtual realities, a quiet swath of technologists are thinking big picture about what comes after that. The answer has major implications for the way we’ll interact with our devices in the near future. Spoiler alert: We won’t be yelling or [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Music of the mind: a stunning string quartet created through brainwaves

‘Activating Memory’ is a composition for a string quartet with each of the instruments’ parts generated through a Brain-Computer Music Interfacing (BCMI) program. This program directly accesses the brain via electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, allowing four severely motor-impaired people to create the musical piece in real-time by choosing between four different musical phrases. This unique project [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meditation Apps, Nootropics, And Mood-Enhancing Wearables: 17 Startups Boosting The Brain

A few startups are focused on stress reduction and cognitive enhancement, but others on more serious problems like depression and nervous system diseases. The brain is relatively uncharted territory for tech. Harvard University geneticist George Church has written about impending technologies that “extend our brain both biologically and electronically,” while AFP describes the brain as [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Virtual Reality Helps Legally Blind Man See Clearly For The First Time

By JOE DURBIN, A solitary plinth stands in the center of a dark room. It is completely surrounded by glowing computer screens of various sizes. Each of these screens is a portal to a different experience, a different reality. But, unlike most people, Jamie Soar is too awestruck to care about what lies beyond this [...]

By |October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four projects garner $1.7 million from federal BRAIN initiative

By Robert Sanders Four UC Berkeley research teams will share $1.7 million from the federal government’s BRAIN initiative, part of $70 million in new grants announced Thursday, Oct. 13, by the National Institutes of Health. This is the third round of grants to support the goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) [...]

By |October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments