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Analysis and insight on the ever-evolving advancements in artificial intelligence. Stay updated as Singularity Hub discusses the most important AI research.

The vOICe System Rewires the Brain’s Audio into Visual

Imagine if all the sounds in your world translated into visual experiences. Sound psychedelic? The cross-blending of sensory input – called synesthesia – is normally limited to individuals with a relatively unique...

Reverse-Engineering The Brain: Kurzweil Defends Ideas In Open Letter

At the most recent Singularity Summit on August 14, 2010 Ray Kurzweil delivered a keynote promoting his thesis on how and when mankind might understand the principles of operation of the human brain.  Yesterday...

When Will Computers Match the Human Brain? Kurzweil vs. Myers

10 years? 20 years? 100 years? Never? There are about as many predictions for when artificial intelligence will match human intellect as there are AI researchers. More, really, when you figure in all the...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain,...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to choose between callers and dial them up. The system...

We Live in a Jungle of Artificial Intelligence that will Spawn Sentience

You don't have a flying car, jetpack, or ray gun, but this is still the future. How do I know? Because we're all surrounded by artificial intelligence. I love when friends ask me when...

Sirtuins Can Prevent Alzheimer’s…In Mice. Good News for Resveratrol?

New research from MIT shows that sirtuins may be able to prevent or suppress Alzheimer's Disease. Sirtuins are a class of proteins which may have life-extending effects and which many claim are activated by...

Exercise Boosts Your Brain – Here’s How

We all know exercise is your best shot at having a healthy heart, a strong immune system, and maybe even a 100th birthday party. Years of research have also shown that an active...

Unleashing the Power of the Savant Brain in All of Us

What if you had perfect pitch, a photographic memory, and astounding artistic ability? Allan Snyder thinks you already do. Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney...

Robot Learns How to Flip Pancakes…but Not on the First Try (video)

One day robots will sell like hotcakes...especially if they can make you hotcakes. Scientists from the Italian Institute of Technology have successfully taught a Barrett WAM arm the time honored culinary skill of flipping...

Video of Navy Laser Shooting Unmanned Drone Out of the Sky

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Supe---ZZZT! Well, whatever it was, it's fried now. The US Navy recently tested a Raytheon infrared laser system by shooting down four...

Computer Chip Implant to Program Brain Activity, Treat Parkinson’s

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Matti Mintz at the University of Tel Aviv is working on a biomimetic computer chip for brain stimulation that is programmable, responsive to neural activity, and...

Is The Movie ‘Inception’ Getting Closer to Reality? (video)

In the upcoming movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminal with the technology to project himself into the dreams of others. The circumstances of the film seem utter fantasy - amazing special effects are...

NY Times Interviews Replicant While Its Owners Prepare for Digital Resurrection

Modern robots don't make the best conversationalists. That's something that New York Times reporter Amy Harmon found out the hard way. She recently published her interview with Bina48, a robotic head created by Hanson...

With Mystery Solved, Promising Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease May Return

Researchers in the UK and Sweden may have solved the mystery as to why a revolutionary treatment for Parkinson's Disease had such disastrous side-effects. From the 1980s through the mid 90s, the big news...

Electric Mind – Sweet Trailer Showcases Tech Uniting Mind and Machine

Ever wondered if the Matrix could really exist? If Nadav Harel's latest documentary is any indication, he's been asking himself the same question. Titled The Electric Mind, the hour long research film from Israel...

MRI Scans Are Better At Predicting Your Behavior Than You Are

Researchers at UCLA have discovered that MRI scans of your brain allow them to predict your future behavior better than you can. As discussed in the Journal of Neuroscience, people are generally about 50%...

Have You Noticed Chrome’s Auto-Translator? It’s Awesome (video)

Earlier this year Google quietly rolled out one of the best features of their Chrome web browser: an automatic translation service. The Translation Bar pops up whenever the program detects that a page you...

IBM’s ‘Watson’ Takes on Jeopardy! You Can Challenge the Computer to a Trivia Duel

Back in 1997, IBM made history when its computer Deep Blue defeated Grandmaster Garry Kasporov in a game of chess. Now their new questioning answering system, Watson, is looking to do the same with...

H+ Summit @ Harvard: Rise of the Citizen Scientist – Review of Day 1

The 2010 H+ Summit @ Harvard – Rise of the Citizen Scientist was quite an exciting event. Hosted by the Harvard College Future Society in Cambridge, MA, it featured a wide range of speakers...

An AI Physician On Every Smartphone? An Xprize Challenge

One of the exciting ideas being tossed around recently over at the Xprize Foundation is the creation of an Artificial Intelligence physician that you could access from your smartphone.  Have a strange rash on...

Monkey Controls Robot Arm With Brain Implant (Video)

If you want the epitome of cool cybernetics, it doesn't get much better than a monkey waving around a robot arm. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have placed two neural implants in the...

Artificial Astronomer Analyzes Galaxies Almost As Well As We Do

Scientists are teaching an artificial intelligence how to classify galaxies imaged by telescopes like the Hubble. Manda Banerji at the University of Cambridge along with researchers at University College London, Johns Hopkins and elsewhere,...

Qbo – The Tiny Open Source Robot Wants to Invigorate Human-Machine Interaction

Francisco Paz (aka TheCorpora) has released new information about his open source robot Qbo. The diminutive wheeled bot stands only 456mm (18 inches) tall but is packed with sensors, including two high definition web...

fMRI Scans Reveal Some ‘Vegetative’ Patients Are Actually Conscious!

In a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of the University of Cambridge and the Coma Science Group at the University Hospital...

The AI Doctor Is Ready To See You

Say hello to the healthcare revolution. Of the technology kind. Most of us don’t realize it, but artificial intelligence has invaded medicine. Smart software is now poised to assist doctors with diagnosing conditions and...

Stanford’s Robot Car Slides into Parking Spot (Video)

A good robot car knows how to make the tough decisions. Stanford's Junior, the robot car that took second place at DARPA's Grand Challenge in 2007, has learned some new tricks. Namely it can...

Another Attempt to Use fMRI Lie Detector in US Court Fails in Brooklyn. More on the Way.

Another push to use fMRI lie detection technology in US courts failed, but the concept seems unwilling to die. According to Wired, David Zevin, a lawyer in Brooklyn, wanted to enter fMRI scans as...

How Does Stephen Hawking Talk? (video)

There are few scientists that have captivated the public interest as much as renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking. His theories about black holes, his book A Brief History of Time, and his appearances on...

Hilarious Video on the Perils of Voice Recognition Elevators

Oh, technology. Why do we fear you so much? If you've ever been frustrated by a voice recognition phone answering service, then you may understand the apprehension some have about installing the technology into...

Cold Temp and Xenon Gas Save Baby Starved of Oxygen – Are you next?

Riley Joice was one of more than one thousand children in the UK each year who are born oxygen deprived. He had about equal hopes of dying, having permanent brain damage, or surviving unharmed....

Baxter’s New Treatment for Alzheimer’s Delays, Partly Reverses Disease!

There are few diseases that are as terrifying as Alzheimer's. Losing your memory, your comprehension, and knowing all the while that your life is slowly fading from your mind. It's a very scary reality...

Voss Turns Artificial General Intelligence Into Phone Answering Service

If you're like me then you want to destroy most of the computer phone answering services you encounter. No, I didn't say I wanted to "walk a puma", I said I wanted to "talk...

Cord Blood Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy in Clinical Trial

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have begun the first full scale clinical trial to test if stem cells from a child's own umbilical cord (autologous) can help treat Cerebral Palsy. CP, which...

StatSheet to Create Its Own Artificial Sports Journalists

A company that has already automated much of sports reporting is set to take the final step towards an artificial journalist. Statsheet collects sports statistics and puts them into easily sorted, manipulated, and embedded...

Automating Sports Coverage – Computers Control Cameras during Basketball Game

Researchers at the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have successfully developed software that can track basketball players and the ball as they race around the court. The project, Autonomous Production of Images...
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Brain Preservation Technology Prize: A Proposal for Immortality?

Of all the paths we may take to longevity and immortality, Ken Hayworth's may strike you as the hardest to accept. This postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University has spent years developing techniques to scan...

Twitter About To Roll Out Translation Of Tweets To Other Languages?

Twitter appears to be testing out a new feature that will allow you to automatically translate tweets into other languages.  It was only a month ago that Singularity Hub argued that automatic translation of...

Book Flipping Scanner Records 200 Pages in a Minute! (Video)

Printed media may be dying, but that doesn't mean it can't experience a digital afterlife. Book scanning technology is allowing companies like Google to convert vast archives of old text into computer images. Researchers...

Incredible Video of Using Light to Control the Brain of Mice

What do you get when you combine microorganisms and fiber optics? Mind control over mice and rats. Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University have been making serious inroads into discovering how...

fMRI Reads the Images in Your Brain – We Know What You’re Looking At

If you had to nominate one modern technology as a mind reading device, the fMRI looks like a good bet. By measuring blood flow fMRI can track activity in your brain, and this opens...

New Study Shows Your Ability To Recognize Faces is Genetic

Scientists at the University College of London, Harvard University, and elsewhere have discovered that not only is the part of your brain responsible for recognizing faces different than the part that recognizes words or...
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Google’s Youtube Rolls Out Automatic English Captions To All Videos

In a press conference earlier today Google announced a bold and ambitious plan to automatically add computer generated captioning to all English videos on Youtube.  Capitalizing on more than a decade of expertise gained...

A Global Social Network Without The Language Barrier – Mojofiti

Mojofiti has a simple but awesome concept behind it: connect people together in a world without language barriers. The Mojofiti website, now in its second round of Beta testing, allows you to build a...
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10 Year Documentary To Follow Bluebrain Project (Video)

Henry Markram isn't afraid to make optimistic predictions for his enormous endeavor to map and model the human brain. Noah Hutton isn't afraid to film him doing it. The budding filmmaker has recently released...

Thinking Surveillance System, Vitamin D Video, Now For Sale

Ground breaking surveillance software, Vitamin D Video, is now available for sale at an impressively low price. I had a chance to review the program's impressive object recognition and recording capabilities when I covered...

Siri: a Free Personal Assistant in Your iPhone (video)

You're about to get your very own genie in a bottle. Simply talk into your iPhone and tell Siri what you want. Tickets for a show, reservations at a restaurant, a taxi to pick...

Google Challenges You To a Game of Tron

Update: Google, the event sponsor, has not officially announced a cash prize for the winner. The annual Google AI Challenge has been announced: contestants will be competing to see who can build the program that...

Global Twitter: Tweets Translated Into Any Language

The universal translator was once a convenient fiction from Star Trek that let aliens break through language barriers, but now it's an awe inspiring reality. Automatic language converters are on the internet, in your...

Get More Magnesium, Get Smarter

Those crazy scientists, they keep finding ways to make rats smarter. Brainy rodents, however, may lead to the creation of smarter humans. According to an article in Neuron, researchers at MIT, Tsinghua University (Beijing),...

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