Peeking into the brain’s filing system

Aspects of a single memory can be scattered throughout the outer “cortex” of the brain Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains? Somewhere within the dense, damp and… Read More Peeking into the brain’s filing system

Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness

photo credit: The robot on the right was able to pass a self-awareness test. RAIR Lab/YouTube A king is seeking a new advisor, and to do so he invites three wise men to his castle. He tells them he will place a hat on each of their heads that will be either white or blue,… Read More Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness

Scientists Find Single Molecule that Controls Fate of Mature Sensory Neurons

In the neocortex, neighboring cells are shown making connections to the visual cortex (red) and the somatosensory cortex (green). Image: Salk Institute for Biological Studies Molecular Neuroscience May 12, 2015 La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) — Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that the role of neurons—which are responsible for specific tasks in the brain—is… Read More Scientists Find Single Molecule that Controls Fate of Mature Sensory Neurons

Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains. (Duke U.)

Abstract Recently, we proposed that Brainets, i.e. networks formed by multiple animal brains, cooperating and exchanging information in real time through direct brain-to-brain interfaces, could provide the core of a new type of computing device: an organic computer. Here, we describe the first experimental demonstration of such a Brainet, built by interconnecting four adult rat… Read More Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains. (Duke U.)

It’s No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Image Credit: Tupungato/Shutterstock.com With the unemployment rate falling to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, policy makers are heaving a sigh of relief. Indeed, with the technology boom in progress, there is a lot to be optimistic about. Manufacturing will be returning to U.S. shores with robots doing the job of Chinese workers;  American carmakers… Read More It’s No Myth: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Biggest Neural Network Ever Pushes AI Deep Learning

Illustration: Getty Images Silicon Valley giants such as Google and Facebook have been trying to harness artificial intelligence by training brain-inspired neural networks to better represent the real world. Digital Reasoning, a cognitive computing company based in Franklin, Tenn., recently announced that it has trained a neural network consisting of 160 billion parameters—more than 10… Read More Biggest Neural Network Ever Pushes AI Deep Learning

IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence

A wafer made up of seven-nanometer chips. IBM said it made the advance by using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon. CreditDarryl Bautista/IBM IBM said on Thursday that it had made working versions of ultradense computer chips, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips. The announcement, made on behalf of an international… Read More IBM Announces Computer Chips More Powerful Than Any in Existence