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DARPA's New Project Is Investing Millions in Brain-Machine Interface Tech

DARPA's New Project Is Investing Millions in Brain-Machine Interface Tech

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailWhen Elon Musk and DARPA both hop aboard the cyborg hypetrain, you know brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are about to achieve the impossible.BMIs, already the stuff of science fiction, facilitate crosstalk between biological wetware with external computers, turning human users into literal cyborgs. Yet , microelectrode “nerve patches”, or “memory Band-Aids” are still purely experimental medical treatments for those with nervous system impairments.With the , DARPA is looking to . This month, the project tapped six academic teams to...

June 7, 2019
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The Big Covid-19 Blind Spot: Lack of Risk Management Is Leaving Us Wanting

The Big Covid-19 Blind Spot: Lack of Risk Management Is Leaving Us Wanting

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailIn many organizations, risk managers have long been essentially back-office roles, with limited or no access to boards, executives, and key decision-makers. They oversee a varied and ad hoc set of risks like workplace health and safety, business continuity, cybersecurity, compliance, and fraud. But their jobs tend to lack sufficient authority and funding, and those in leadership positions often don’t understand risk management and its importance to their business. Outside of large corporations and financial services firms, chief risk...

April 24, 2020
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The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It

The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailThe alarm bell rings. You open your eyes, come to your senses, and slide from dream state to consciousness. You hit the snooze button, and eventually crawl out of bed to the start of yet another working day.This daily narrative is experienced by billions of people all over the world. We work, we eat, we sleep, and we repeat. As our lives pass day by day, the beating drums of the weekly routine take over and years pass until we reach our goal of .We repeat the routine so that we can pay our bills, set our kids up for success, and provide...

August 6, 2020
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Coronavirus: What Are the Chances We’ll Change Our Behavior in the Aftermath?

Coronavirus: What Are the Chances We’ll Change Our Behavior in the Aftermath?

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailThe world as we know it may never be the same. The global economy has slowed, people are living in isolation, and the death toll from an invisible killer is rising exponentially. The coronavirus pandemic has imposed a harsh reality of bereavement, illness, and unemployment. Many people are already facing financial hardship and uncertainty over future job prospects.Early data suggest that the immediate psychological impact of the pandemic . There are also more uplifting analyses, however, suggesting the experience for the better. But are...

April 16, 2020
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Earth Day at 50: A Look to the Past Offers Hope for the Planet's Future

Earth Day at 50: A Look to the Past Offers Hope for the Planet's Future

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailFifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States, giving voice to an . Protesters shut down 5th Avenue in New York City, students in Boston staged a “die-in” at Logan airport, and demonstrators in Chicago called for an end to the internal combustion engine.CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite hosted a half-hour Earth Day special, calling for the public to heed “the unanimous voice of the scientists warning that halfway measures and business as usual cannot possibly pull...

April 26, 2020
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Construction of the World's Biggest Nuclear Fusion Plant Just Started in France

Construction of the World's Biggest Nuclear Fusion Plant Just Started in France

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailImage Credit:ShareDon't miss a trendGet Hub delivered to your inboxSingularity HubSingularity GroupStay connectedGet the latest news from Singularity Hub!Copyright ©  Singularity Group. All rights reserved.

August 3, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailLisa Prevost | The New York Times“…cleaning robots are having a moment in commercial real estate. Their creators are promoting the machines as cost-effective solutions to the cleaning challenges posed by the pandemic. They can be put to frequent use without requiring more paid labor hours, they are always compliant, and some can even provide the data to prove that they have scoured every inch assigned.”Lily Hay Newman | Wired“ Stay got a weird message on LinkedIn. A total stranger had lost access to his bitcoin private keys—and wanted...

August 8, 2020
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These Scientists Just Completed a 3D ‘Google Earth’ for the Brain

These Scientists Just Completed a 3D ‘Google Earth’ for the Brain

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailHuman brain maps are a dime a dozen these days. Maps that detail neurons in a certain region. Maps that draw out functional connections between those cells. Maps that dive deeper into gene expression. Or even .But have you ever wondered: how well do those maps represent my brain? After all, no two brains are alike. And if we’re ever going to reverse-engineer as a computer simulation—as Europe’s is trying to do—shouldn’t we ask whose brain they’re hoping to simulate?Enter a new kind of map: , a probabilistic map of human brains that...

August 5, 2020
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Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow

Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow

Sign inPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailImagine this: You’re on a drive through cotton country. The sun’s out, top’s down. It’s a beautiful, totally normal day. Only, what was once a sea of white puff balls has transformed into a multi-hued swirl. Lines of deep purple, bright yellow, midnight blue. All the colors in the rainbow—and your t-shirt drawer, as it so happens.Today, you’d do well to check your water. But in the future, colorful cotton could be the norm—Australian scientists are having early success genetically modifying the crop to make it multicolored. And although...

August 11, 2020
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