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What we know about Elon Musk’s ‘dramatic’ plan to link human brains to computers through implants

[July 16], fans and haters of Elon Musk turned out by the thousands to watch an internet live-stream of the ...
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Elon Musk developing brain implant that would control computers, smartphones with our thoughts

His [Elon Musk]  startup Neuralink has developed technology meant to be implanted into the brain that’s designed to allow people ...
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Will we ever know if our computers gain consciousness?

The question of whether machines can have consciousness is not new, with proponents of strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) and ...
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Artificial intelligence doesn’t ‘think’ like we do. How can we ever trust it?

Today, digital information technology has redefined how people interact with each other socially, and even how some find their partners ...
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Infographic: Quantum ‘tricks’ influence photosynthesis, other biological functions

ENZYME CATALYSIS: A TUNNEL THROUGH THE BARRIER Traditional theories of enzyme catalysis hold that the proteins speed up reactions by ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...
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Podcast: Could domesticated bacteria help break our dependence on fossil fuels?

Microbes surround us and enhance our lives in almost innumerable ways. These helpful micro-machines catalyze key reactions required to produce ...
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Here’s how artificial intelligence could ‘poison’ healthcare

Artificial intelligence is often hailed as a great catalyst of medical innovation, a way to find cures to diseases that ...
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Interactive Infographic: Human body of the future with artificial organs, bionic eyes, lab-printed bones and more

Technology has changed the game for medical professionals across the past few decades. It’s hard to imagine where we’d be ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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Light manipulation could cut indoor farming energy use 30-50% without hindering crop growth

There is substantial interest in growing crops in closed controlled environments, yet the energy requirements are high. Energy is required ...
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Redefining artificial intelligence: It could work more like a ‘search engine’ than a human brain

With respect to AI, [engineer Eric] Drexler believes our view of an artificial intelligence as a single “agent” that acts ...
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Why the US military and Elon Musk have jumped on the ‘cyborg hypetrain’

When Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve ...
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This tech start-up wants to ‘hack’ efforts to save endangered species, ecosystems

After an unorthodox career in science that has included setting up a national park in an active war zone in ...
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Body part regeneration: How science can make the jump from fantasy to reality

Could studying animals that regenerate body parts help us understand how to regrow human organs and limbs? It's unlikely in ...
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Podcast: How biotech, big data and robotics help farmers grow more food on less land

While technology is exploding in all areas of life, it has been slow to reach agriculture. Many old, unsustainable farming ...
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Rapid mutation: Why future Mars’ colonists could evolve into a ‘completely different species’

In a new interview with Inverse, evolutionary biologist and Rice University professor Scott Solomon thinks it’s worth asking what will happen to Mars colonists in ...
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Is there any point in living longer if we can’t stay young?

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. ... "...Over the past century, ...
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Google’s AI beats human doctors at diagnosing lung cancer in study

One of lung cancer’s most lethal attributes is its ability to trick radiologists. Some nodules appear threatening but turn out ...
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Building a better nose: Can a robot sniff as well as a dog?

Olfaction remains a stubborn biological enigma. Scientists are still piecing together the basics of how we sense all those volatile ...
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Can biohacking transform our homes into ‘hospitals of the future’?

The need of having a higher quality of care and more control and transparency over individual healthcare are affecting the ...
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From lab-grown burgers to 3D printed steak, here’s why alternative meat is mainstream in 2019

As the sustainability agenda rises in the food industry, innovators are increasingly looking at ways of swapping out meat for ...
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We don’t always know why ‘intelligent’ machines do what they do. Should we study them like animals?

Artificial intelligence algorithms are often seen as 'black boxes' whose rules remain inaccessible. We must therefore create a new scientific ...
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Glyphosate-cancer lawsuits spur development of next-generation weed killers

"Total fear and shock." That's how Andrew Kniss, a weed scientist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, describes the ...
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Why synthetic biology is about much more than resurrecting woolly mammoths

Synthetic biology...Simply mentioning this term — whether at a cocktail party or on a pop culture TV show — evokes ...
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Mining ‘extremely hostile environments’ for keys to new drugs, tech breakthroughs

Many scientists have been investigating the planet’s countless extreme environments, on the hunt for molecules that will inspire the next ...
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AI’s surprising development of ‘number sense’ mimics that of human babies

Training software that emulates brain networks to identify dog breeds or sports equipment is by now old news. But getting ...
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3D printed organs: We’re closer to solving the problem of how to supply them with blood

We’re tantalizingly close to growing organs in the lab, but the biggest remaining challenge has been creating the fine networks ...