Virtual Nose Keeps Gamers From Feeling Sick

Simulator sickness—which often induces vertigo and even nausea—often afflicts players of virtual reality games, but inserting a “virtual nose” into the picture may be a way to lessen the queasiness. Various physiological systems govern the onset of simulator sickness: an overall sense of touch and position, or the somatosensory system; liquid-filled…

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Enter the Matrix: The rise of brain-computer interfaces

In 2012, a paralyzed woman with a 96-electrode sensor the size of a baby aspirin implanted onto the surface of her brain was able to think about steering a robotic arm toward a canister with a straw in it, move the canister toward her mouth, tilt it so the straw fell into…

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Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Two groups of scientists, working independently, have created artificial intelligence software capable of recognizing and describing the content of photographs and videos with far greater accuracy than ever before, sometimes even mimicking human levels of understanding. Until now, so-called computer vision has largely been limited to…

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Brain to brain communication edges closer

Brain to brain communication edges closer (including downloading information from the internet!) Indonesia is now at the forefront of new advances in neuroscience and technology. In a remote laboratory two hours from the Indonesian capital, scientists are working on technology to research on the brain. A 47-year-old scientist – Warsito…

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The Most Valiant Attempts to Program Our Five Senses Into Robots

Ever since humans first envisioned robots, we’ve thought about how to make the machines more like us. Robots compete against us on game shows, and rendezvouswith us in the bedroom (or at least, make virtual sex feel real). But part of being human is sensing the world around us in a particular way,…

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Why image recognition is the next big thing

As social networks, apps, and websites strive to make the most of the vast amounts of data users share with them, and deliver smarter, better services to the people who use them, there’s one approach that many of them have in common. It draws on methods of artificial intelligence and…

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Machines Teach Humans How To Feel Using Nurofeedback

Humans are social animals, and feelings of attachment, connection and empathy are the glue that binds societies together. Before an infant’s immune system is fully operational, before a baby can even use its hands, it recognizes its parents’ voices, responds uniquely to human faces and even, incredibly, smiles back. Yet,…

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What does it mean to be human?

What does it mean to be human? That’s the question being asked in a thought-provoking new exhibition of stunningly lifelike androids, which also suggests that maybe the singularity could be closer than we think. On June 25, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, more commonly known as the Miraikan, will…

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