The Evolution of Brain-Computer Interfaces [INFOGRAPHIC] DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us "Upload" Skills. In Brief The DARPA Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program is exploring ways to speed up skill acquisition by activating synaptic plasticity.
If the program succeeds, downloadable learning that happens in a flash may be the result. Mindhack For Faster Learning In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. The ideal end benefit for this kind of breakthrough would be downloadable learning. First Neurostimulation, Then Application As part of the TNT program, DARPA is funding eight projects at seven institutions. If the TNT program succeeds, striving to be all you can be may mean learning at a much faster pace, and not just for military personnel.
Amputee Gamer Gets A Bionic Arm With an Interactive Screen, Charger, and Drone. In Brief James Young, an amputee from London, got a prosthetic robotic arm inspired by Metal Gear Solid, boasting features such as a USB port, a digital display, several lights, and a drone on the side.
Games Inspire Too Perhaps the future of human cyborgs isn’t too far away—groundbreaking technologies today have led to the creation of a functional bionic arm complete with various futuristic features for an amputee from London. It was four years ago when James Young lost his arm and leg in accident where he fell between two train carriages. Australian Scientists Will Soon Begin Trials for a Fully Implantable Bionic Eye. In Brief Finally.
Bionic eye technology that could give sight back to millions of individuals worldwide is set to start trials. The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind. The brain surgery lasted 11 and a half hours, beginning on the afternoon of June 21, 2014, and stretching into the Caribbean predawn of the next day.
In the afternoon, after the anesthesia had worn off, the neurosurgeon came in, removed his wire-frame glasses, and held them up for his bandaged patient to examine. “What are these called?” He asked. DARPA making fully implantable devices able to connect with up to one million neurons for breakthrough computer-brain interfacing. A new DARPA program aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world.
The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology. The goal is to achieve this communications link in a biocompatible device no larger than one cubic centimeter in size, roughly the volume of two nickels stacked back to back. The program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), stands to dramatically enhance research capabilities in neurotechnology and provide a foundation for new therapies. “Today’s best brain-computer interface systems are like two supercomputers trying to talk to each other using an old 300-baud modem,” said Phillip Alvelda, the NESD program manager. Brain implants and robotic hearts: Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan's technology predictions for 2025. In 2005 the idea of virtual reality, 3D printing and driverless cars being readily available within the next 10 years seemed like wishful thinking.
However the exponential rate of technological advancement has meant that the distance between science fiction and reality is no longer so vast. As noted Transhumanist and 2016 presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan delivers the Transhumanist Bill of Rights in Washington DC on December 14, IBTimes UK has asked him to look into his crystal ball for the year 2025 and make his top five predictions for the next 10 years. 1. DARPA Taps Into the Brain To Give Patients Robo-Touch and Better Memory. DARPA demo day highlights exoskeletons, robotic arms and nanotechnology. Here are some highlights from the DARPA demo day Assembling nano structures from atoms to products DARPA is working on a number of micro-technologies; one example is the effort to build a machine that can assemble nano-structures.
The incredibly-intricate structures made of carbon fiber can be very strong, yet very light. DARPA recently launched its Atoms to Product (A2P) program, with the goal of developing technologies and processes to assemble nanometer-scale pieces—whose dimensions are near the size of atoms—into systems, components, or materials that are at least millimeter-scale in size. Microscopic tools such as this nanoscale “atom writer” can be used to fabricate minuscule light-manipulating structures on surfaces. The future of humans plus machines.
Humans plus machines will drive society forward.
This was the central message conveyed by Dr. John Kelly, senior vice president of IBM Research, at the Augmenting Human Intelligence Cognitive Colloquium, which took place in San Francisco. Organized by IBM, the colloquium brought together machine learning leaders in industry and academia to discuss how artificial intelligence can augment human intelligence — by helping us make sense of the quintillion bytes of data generated each day. It’s not about machines gaining intelligence or taking over the world, said Kelly. It’s not even about recreating the human brain or its basic architecture. Creating an artificial sense of touch by electrical stimulation of the brain. (credit: DARPA) Neuroscientists in a project headed by the University of Chicago have determined some of the specific characteristics of electrical stimuli that should be applied to the brain to produce different sensations in an artificial upper limb intended to restore natural motor control and sensation in amputees.
The research is part of Revolutionizing Prosthetics, a multi-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Comments. Huffingtonpost.
UW team links two human brains for question-and-answer experiment. September 23, 2015 University of Washington graduate student Jose Ceballos wears an electroencephalography (EEG) cap that records brain activity and sends a response to a second participant over the Internet.University of Washington Imagine a question-and-answer game played by two people who are not in the same place and not talking to each other.
Round after round, one player asks a series of questions and accurately guesses the object the other is thinking about. Sci-fi? Transhumanism Is Booming and Big Business Is Noticing. I recently had the privilege of being the opening keynote speaker at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville 2015 conference in London. Attending were nearly 1000 people, including economists, engineers, scientists, and financiers. Amongst robots mingling with guests, panels discussing Greece’s future, and Andrew Fastow describing the fall of Enron in his closing speech, event participants were given a dynamic picture of the ever changing business landscape and its effect on our lives. One thing I noticed at the conference was the increasing interest in longevity science—the transhumanist field that aims to control and hopefully even eliminate aging in the near future. Naturally, everyone has a vested interest in some type of control over their aging and biological mortality.
We are, at the core, mammals primarily interested in our health, the health of our loved ones, and the health of our species. I am thrilled with this. However, significant challenges remain. This is here, today. Mindapps and The Neurosingularity Project - h+ Mediah+ Media. When I think about psychedelics, I find it handy to think about their idea-context. Of course ideas about psychedelics exist in any number of contexts, but one I find particularly helpful is the idea I call “neurosingularlity,” particularly the “Neurosingularity Project.” The Neurosingularity Project is the discovery, construction, and development of useful abilities in all mindbody states, both natural and synthetic.
As the name immediately suggests, it derives from Ray Kurzweil’s adaptation of the scientific word singularity. In his use, the singularity names a hypothetical future emergence of greater-than-human super intelligence through technological means, and he adopted singularity for the title of his 2005 book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. Welcome to Forbes. When will Singularity happen – and will it turn Earth into heaven or hell? - NewsHub. Defined as the point where computers become more intelligent than humans and where human intelligence can be digitally stored, Singularity hasn't happened yet. First theorised by mathematician John von Neumann in the 1950s, the 'Singularitarian Immortalist' (and Director of Engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil thinks that by 2045, machine intelligence will be infinitely more powerful than all human intelligence combined, and that technological development will be taken over by the machines.
"There will be no distinction, post-Singularity, between human and machine or between physical and virtual reality," he writes in his book 'The Singularity Is Near'. But - 2045? Are we really that close? Moore's Law states that computer processing power will double every 18 months, which is a thousand-fold increase every decade. Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines. Bruce Sterling is a prominent science fiction writer and a pioneer of the cyberpunk genre. His cyberpunk novels Heavy Weather (1994), Islands in the Net (1988), Schismatrix (1985), The Artificial Kid (1980) earned him the nickname “Chairman Bruce”.
Apart from his writings, Bruce Sterling is also a professor of internet studies and science fiction at the European Graduate School. He has contributed to several projects within the scheme of futurist theory, founded an environmental aesthetic movement, edited anthologies and he still continues to write for several magazines including Wired, Discover, Architectural Record and The Atlantic. The Software Revolution. In human history, there have been three great technological revolutions and many smaller ones.
The three great ones are the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and the one we are now in the middle of—the software revolution.  The great technological revolutions have affected what most people do every day and how society is structured. The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder. The Future of Crime: Smartphone Tracking, Neurohacking, and AI Assisted Murder The world Marc Goodman outlines in exhaustive detail in his forthcoming book, Future Crimes, is as real, gritty, and frightening as life outside the Matrix. Cyborg_future_law_policy_implications_FINAL2.pdf.
Microsoft researchers say their newest deep learning system beats humans. Mobile executive? The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction. The AI Revolution: How Far Away Are Our Robot Overlords? Remote Control of the Mind – Over the Internet. Global Strategic Foresight Community. Author Jerome Glenn. Stanford to Research the effects of Artificial Intelligence. What will intelligent machines mean for society and the economy in 30, 50 or even 100 years from now? That’s the question that Stanford University scientists are hoping to take on with a new project, the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100). “If your goal is to create a process that looks ahead 30 to 50 to 70 years, it’s not altogether clear what artificial intelligence will mean, or how you would study it,” said Russ Altman, a professor of bioengineering and computer science at Stanford.
Next Big Future: Radical Life Extension getting more mainstream and getting more funding. Short steps to the Singularity? Okay, then. As we launch into a new year… possibly the first "real" year of a new century... it seems that a theme will be deification or bust! Either we build up enough momentum to attain godlike powers - in sane and wise ways - or we fall short and crumble into a morass of unsolved problems and stifling dogmas. #24: Cosmic Beings: Transhumanist Deism in Ted Chu’s Cosmic View.
Warning: Cybotopia Ahead by 2030. A cybotopia would be a world in which cyborgs and AI machines and systems dominate and rule over “unenhanced” humans, turning human beings as we know them today into a sub-species, or lower-order being. A dystopia, transliterated from Greek roots of this word, is a “not good place”. Is Stephen Hawking Right? Could AI Lead To The End Of Humankind? A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime. Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind. The Future of AI is a Coin Flip: Immortality or Human Extinction?
Transparent optogenetic brain implants: Yet another amazing use for graphene. Transhumanism Has a Conspiracy Theory Problem. 4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers. Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language? The Three Laws of Transhumanism and Artificial Intelligence. Peering into the Future: AI and Robot brains. The singularity is not near: the human brain as a Boson sampler? Smart and smarter drugs. Star Trek VISOR-Vision for the Blind. Star Trek TREKNOSIS: Living Well Beyond the (Dr. Ira) Graves. FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm. 20 billion agents: Tech is evolving the digital human. Quest for immortality spurs breakthroughs in human-machine merge. DARPA's New Biotech Division Wants To Create A Transhuman Future. Book Review: The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil (2005) How the Web Will Implode. Singularity 1 on 1: The Singularity is closer than it appears!
The transhuman condition - The Body Sphere. Downward Facing Alpha Dogs: The Mindful Rise Of The New Tech Humanists. Sci-Fi Device Lets Men And Women Swap Bodies. A more natural sense of touch is brought to prosthetic hand (w/ Video) Bild.jpg (JPEG Image, 480 × 220 pixels) Maybe We're Making It Too Easy For The Machines To Take Over. Motorola Mobility/Google files patent application for electronic ‘throat tattoo’ Cnet.