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  • Tiny Tooth Sensor Tracks What You Eat, and It Could Help You Be Healthier
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    Tiny Tooth Sensor Tracks What You Eat, and It Could Help You Be Healthier

    The South Beach diet. The Atkins diet. Eating paleo. Cutting out gluten. Going vegan. The list of fad diets and health crazes goes on, yet health statistics in the US and around the world show that most people still don’t know what to eat, or when, or how much. New research from Tufts University’s engineering… More

  • This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 14)
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    This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 14)

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain CellsRobbie Gonzalez | Wired “For three months, I spent three or four hours a day, five or six days a week, in a small room, peering through a microscope and snapping photos of the brain cells. …This kind of work, which is common in neuroscience research, requires… More

  • Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living
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    Robot Cities: Three Urban Prototypes for Future Living

    Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fueling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating… More

  • How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?
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    How Will Merging Minds and Machines Change Our Conscious Experience?

    One of the most exciting and frightening outcomes of technological advancement is the potential to merge our minds with machines. If achieved, this would profoundly boost our cognitive capabilities. More importantly, however, it could be a revolution in human identity, emotion, spirituality, and self-awareness. Brain-machine interface technology is already being developed by pioneers and researchers… More

  • MIT’s New Voiceless Interface Can Read the Words in Your Head
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    MIT’s New Voiceless Interface Can Read the Words in Your Head

    The way we interact with the technology in our lives is getting progressively more seamless. If typing terms or addresses into your phone wasn’t easy enough, now you can just tell Siri to do the search or pull up the directions for you. Don’t feel like getting off the couch to flick a switch, or… More

  • How Big Is the Gap Between ‘Ready Player One’ and Current VR Tech?
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    How Big Is the Gap Between ‘Ready Player One’ and Current VR Tech?

    Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Ready Player One depicts a future where VR technology can transport people into a completely realistic alternate universe. But how close is real-life tech to that vision? Much of the coverage of the movie has delved into the potential impact high-fidelity VR could have on humanity, and whether the film’s dystopian vision… More

  • Can We Make a Musical Turing Test?
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    Can We Make a Musical Turing Test?

    As artificial intelligence advances, we’re encountering the same old questions. How much of what we consider to be fundamentally human can be reduced to an algorithm? Can we create something sufficiently advanced that people can no longer distinguish between the two? This, after all, is the idea behind the Turing Test, which has yet to… More

  • This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 7)
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    This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 7)

    CYBERNETICS A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to HumansRobbie Gonzalez | WIRED “Today, their proof-of-concept prosthetic lives outside a patient’s head and connects to the brain via wires. But in the future, Hampson hopes, surgeons could implant a similar apparatus entirely within a person’s skull, like a neural pacemaker. It could augment all manner of… More

  • Dungeons and Dragons, Not Chess and Go: Why AI Needs Roleplay
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    Dungeons and Dragons, Not Chess and Go: Why AI Needs Roleplay

    Everyone had died—not that you’d know it, from how they were laughing about their poor choices and bad rolls of the dice. As a social anthropologist, I study how people understand artificial intelligence (AI) and our efforts towards attaining it; I’m also a life-long fan of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), the inventive fantasy roleplaying game.… More

  • New Bionic Arm Blurs Line Between Self and Machine for Wearers
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    New Bionic Arm Blurs Line Between Self and Machine for Wearers

    At 29 years old, Canadian firefighter Rob Anderson lost his left arm and left leg to a harrowing helicopter crash into the side of a mountain. Although fitted with “top of the line” prosthetics for the last 10 years, he said, using them feels like “doing things with a long pair of pliers.” Part of… More

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