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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 QB1 Computer: No Mouse, No Keyboard. Just Gestures

The mouse and keyboard are fast becoming obsolete.  There are quite a few contenders in the ring vying to make it happen.  There’s an onslaught of technology that reads directly from the brain, there...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

Braingate Frees Trapped Minds

It is a horrifying concept: being buried alive. Even more terrible is the prospect of living trapped in our own bodies, unable to move or communicate. It's called locked-in syndrome. Characters like Captain Pike...

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

Security Checks Reaching Towards Your Brain

When Descartes said "I think therefore I am" he probably didn't know that he was answering a security question. Using behavioral or physical characteristics to identify people, biometrics, has gotten a big boost in...

Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave just like...

Boom! Question Answering Engines Take Off. IBM Sets Sights On Jeopardy, Wolfram Alpha

Boom!  That is the sound skittering across the information industry landscape this week as IBM has suddenly stepped into the ring, proposing that its Watson question answering engine will be able to best humans...

Who is DIYbio.org?

If you're like me, Jurassic Park taught you two valuable lessons: genetic engineering has to be dangerous, and the coolest scientists are chaos obsessed mathematicians. Fifteen years later, I'm throwing both of those lessons...

Do It Yourself Biohacking

Ever wanted to play with your own genome? When you read about the latest genetic engineering tools do your fingers itch with anticipation? Do you look around the library, the pub, or the community...

Wolfram Alpha Sneak Preview At Harvard On Tuesday

Is Wolfram Alpha a game changer that will open an exciting new paradigm in our information society or will it be a big flop?  In our previous posts we have highlighted our fascination with...

Brain-Doping at the Lab Bench

One year ago on April 1st, the World Anti-Brain Doping Authority (WABDA) released a statement that scientists would soon be the target of a crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs. WABDA, backed by the Federal...

Company Body Slams Prostate Cancer – Stock Goes Through the Roof

Imagine the huge smiles on the faces of executives and scientists at Dendreon Corp as their stock soared more than 130% yesterday!  What's all the excitement about?  In a unique approach that may have...

FACETS: Making Computers Work Like Brains

How can you get a computer to solve problems like a brain? How does the brain even solve problems to begin with? Below is an indepth look into FACETS, a groundbreaking consortium of European...

Stephen Wolfram Speaks About His New Question Answering Engine

On March 5, 2009 computer scientist and theorist Stephen Wolfram struck a nerve with the search and information industry as he announced to the world the imminent launch of his new question answering service,...

The Real Scoop on Honda’s Brain Controlled Asimo Robot

Many of our readers may have seen the announcement yesterday that Honda has enabled its famous Asimo robot to be controlled by the thoughts of a nearby human.  The story certainly creates a sensational...

Cyborg Insects Take Flight

Insects that can be remote controlled to spy on others?  A completely robotic fly smaller than a penny?  These are just some examples of what is in the pipeline in the world of insect...
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Video: Juan Enriquez Explains The Biology Revolution At TED 2009

Below we have posted a video of Juan Enriquez at the 2009 TED conference explaining the convergence of engineering in genetics, organs, and robotics.  Think you don't have time for a 9 minute video? ...

Truth Machine To Be Used For Court Evidence?

In 1996, James Halperin published a book called The Truth Machine describing a future where man had created a device that could tell whether or not a person was lying with 100% accuracy.  Today...

A Computer That Can Answer Any Question – Wolfram Alpha

Imagine typing almost any question into a webpage or even voicing your question into a handheld device and instantly getting an accurate answer.  In a stunning development that has literally shaken the industry of...

The Quest For Human Level Artificial Intelligence: AGI-09 and Ben Goertzel

The second conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is set to convene in Arlington, Virginia on March 6-9, 2009.  The conference stands uniquely as one of the few (only?) conferences that focuses solely on...

Wired For War: The Rise of Robotic Armies

P.W. Singer just launched his latest book titled Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. This looks to be a must read book for those that are interested in...
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Mind Reading Revisited

Just recently we posted about a story in which researchers from Carnegie Mellon were able to read people's actual thoughts with a machine.  The machine uses a technique called fMRI to noninvasively monitor a...

Jeff Hawkins: Recreating Human Intelligence

If you are at all interested in artificial intelligence and understanding how the human brain works then following the work of Jeff Hawkins (pictured right: source) is an excellent place to start.  Jeff Hawkins, founder...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

Reading People’s Actual Thoughts With a Machine

60 Minutes just ran an excellent segment on how fMRI is being used by the Brain Image Analysis Research Group at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere to literally read people's minds. The video below is...

Kevin Kelly: Predicting The Next 5000 Days Of The Web

Kevin Kelly, cofounder of Wired, gave a thought provoking, concise, and easy to grasp 20 minute talk at the 2007 EG Conference on the future of the internet.  Below I have posted the video...

The Rise of the Cyborgs

Discover Magazine has just blown me away with a fascinating story on the current state of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).  The story cites numerous projects underway across the globe in which electrodes implanted into the...

Open Source Project Aims to Create Human Level Artificial Intelligence

The Short: Researches across the globe are making daily advances towards the development of human level artificial intelligence, but sadly the algorithms and the software that represent these advances often remain hidden within researcher's computer...

Singularity Hub Reviews Intel CTO Justin Rattner’s IDF Keynote on the Future of Technology

Yesterday Intel CTO Justin Rattner delivered his keynote presentation about the future of technology and the coming of the singularity at Intel's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Although Rattner could use some tips on...

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm Using Brain-machine Interface

In May the New York Times and many other outlets reported on the "most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology". From the article: "The findings suggest that brain-controlled prosthetics, while not practical, are...

Robots Controlled by Rat Brains

New Scientist released an awesome article describing how researchers are using rat brains to control a robot. Approximately 300,000 neurons from a rat fetus are deposited onto a sheet of nutrients and electrodes (and...

Lumosity: Keeping Your Brain Healthy so you Can Make it to the Singularity

In the coming decades mankind will unleash an amazing torrent of technological abilities as we march toward the singularity, but that won't mean much for you or me if our bodies don't live long...

Intel: Human and Computer Intelligence Will Merge in 40 Years

"...perhaps as early as 2012 we'll see the lines between human and machine intelligence begin to blur. Nanoscale chips or machines will move through our bodies, fixing deteriorating organs or unclogging arteries.  Sensors will...

Chip for Eye Implants Could Run for a Year on Millimeter Sized Battery

An IEEE Spectrum report and University of Michigan report tell of a fascinating advance in the development of a tiny microchip that can be implanted into the eye or other parts of the human...

Videos From Singularity Summit 2007 Posted to SIAI Website

The SIAI (Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence) recently posted the videos from its Singularity Summit 2007 on their website. These videos offer an amazing perspective on the singularity from the biggest names in...

Nao Robot – The Next Generation in Commercial Robots

Just found a nice video posted below of a group of Nao robots doing a synchronized dance. The Nao represents the next generation of "affordable, autonomous, and easily programmable humanoid robots". Created...

Major European Effort to Develop Robots With Emotions

The Feelix Growing Project is a $2.5 million euro initiative funded by the European Union to foster research in the development of robots that can detect and mimic human emotion. The project started...

Want to reverse engineer the brain? Reverse engineer the roundworm first…

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found an interesting piece of information from the article titled "Can Can Machines Be Conscious?" by Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi. It would seem mankind's attempt...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

Add air hockey to the list of things that computers can do better than humans

The Short: The EE Times reports that a computer has been built that can beat the world's best humans at the game of air hockey.  Check out this video of the air hockey robot putting...

Numenta Is Imitating Your Brain

Decent piece in BusinessWeek profiling Jeff Hawkins' startup Numenta. Numenta is building artificial intelligence that attempts to replicate the function of the human neocortex to solve hard problems. The software specializes in...

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