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

Science and technology will make mental and emotional wellbeing scalable, accessible, and cheap

By Nichol Bradford Ask yourself a simple question.  If it were an issue for you, what would you pay to get rid of stress, anxiety, loneliness, sadness, physical and mental pain, or depression?  Or conversely, what would you pay to be happy, feel connected, feel understood, change bad habits into better ones, have a healthy [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can Meditation Help Pain After Surgery?

By LUCETTE LAGNADO Doctors at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital are testing if meditation can reduce patients’ needs for narcotic painkillers after back surgery Patients who have back surgery, a procedure that can cause severe pain for weeks, may have a new relief option beyond narcotics: meditation. In a study at Mount Sinai Hospital in [...]

By |September 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TransTech 200 Innovator List Announced

These 200 People and Companies Use Tech to Transform the Future of Human Well-Being. The first-ever TransTech200 was announced on August 30, 2016 at Singularity University’s Global Summit. This is the first curated list to highlight the key innovators, makers, researchers, influencers, organizations, scientists and entrepreneurs who are expanding the known limits of human thriving. [...]

By |September 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments