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The brain is really little more than a collection of electrical signals. If we can learn to catalogue those then, in theory, you could upload someone’s mind into a computer, allowing them to live forever as a digital form of consciousness, just like in the Johnny Depp film Transcendence.   But it’s not just science
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Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia’s latest offering: an image translation AI that will almost certainly have you second-guessing everything you see online.   In October, Nvidia demonstrated the ability of one of their AIs to generate disturbingly realistic images of completely
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company, which was founded to create tunnels for an underground transportation system in Los Angeles, has released a map illustrating a proposed network for those tunnels. The Boring Company was inspired by Musk’s frustrations with LA’s notoriously congested traffic. Operating beneath Interstate 105, the tunnels would hold large electric skates that could
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The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has developed new battery material, made from a “graphene ball,” which could potentially deliver charging speeds five times faster than today’s lithium-ion batteries. Samsung announced the new material in a press release this past Wednesday, November 28. But just how fast is this new material? Well, in theory,
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With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before such devices are ready to help humans extend their natural capabilities. Now, a professor from theUniversity of Southern California (USC) has demonstrated the use of a brain implant to improve the human memory, and the device could have major
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A new method of using photons to carry information might provide a new wireless solution for communication. A collaborative team of researchers developed a way to ‘twist’ photons to improve on open-area quantum information transfer.   Using particles of light, i.e. photons, to transmit information isn’t exactly new. Photons have seen use in a number of tests
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Plenty of misconceptions and conspiracy theories surround this topic. Internet searches for ‘iPhone slow’ spike after the release of a new-generation model, but there’s no evidence to suggest that manufacturers deliberately degrade the performance of older devices with software updates. Computer hardware does not typically slow down over its useful life. Instead, there are several other reasons
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An AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not smart enough to survive its own replacement by an even more awesome, alien intelligence. Google’s DeepMind researchers have just announced the next evolution of their seemingly indomitable artificial intelligence – AlphaGo Zero – which has dispensed
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A newly developed nanomaterial can release hydrogen from seawater much more cheaply and efficiently than existing methods, potentially giving us another way of unlocking this most sustainable of energy sources. Finding a way to produce hydrogen from water that isn’t prohibitively costly in price and energy could significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And
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Ahead of China’s own autonomous train reveal, mining corporation Rio Tinto have given the world its first fully-autonomous train, and it’s currently in operation in Western Australia. Mining corporation Rio Tinto, which also developed the train, announced earlier this week the train had successfully completed its first uncrewed mission, travelling nearly 100 kilometres (62 miles)