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Watch a cyborg monkey play Pong with its mind, thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink

Elon Musk hopes to put computer chips in our brains that will enable “human-AI symbiosis.” But for now, he’s focused on making monkeys play video games. Musk’s Neuralink startup posted a video today of a primate playing Pong with its mind. The nine-year-old macaque, called Pager, has a Neuralink implanted in his brain. [embedded content] Pager was first […]

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AI helps recreate painting hidden under a Picasso masterpiece

AI has helped recreate an artwork that had been hidden under a Pablo Picasso painting for nearly 120 years. The mysterious landscape lurks beneath the visible surface of Picasso’s La Miséreuse Accroupie (The Crouching Beggar), a portrayal of a destitute woman. Credit: Oxia PalusThe Crouching Beggar is a major work from Picasso’s Blue Period. In 2018, […]

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Facebook’s Clubhouse ‘competitor’ is here, and it’s called Hotline

It was only a matter of time: Facebook today launched an experimental Clubhouse competitor called Hotline, looking to capitalize on the increasingly popular social media format. As reported by TechCrunch, Hotline was developed by Facebook’s NPE (New Product Experiment) division, which regularly doles out apps with new ideas (or, in this case, not so new). That […]

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New AI technique transforms any image into the style of famous artists

As a talentless artist who likes to imagine myself as a masterful painter, I always appreciate AI tools that turn my embarrassing sketches into masterpieces. Computer artist Glenn Marshall recently developed one of my favorite techniques yet: a text-to-image generator that transforms any picture into the style of famous artists. The system morphs an input image towards […]

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A wireless brain-computer interface has been successfully tested on humans for the first time

Scientists have demonstrated the first human use of a wireless brain-computer interface, a potential breakthrough for people with paralysis. While traditional BCIs are tethered to users via cables, the new system — called BrainGate — replaces the cords with a small transmitter affixed atop a users’ head. The unit then connects to an electrode array implanted […]

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Report: The Pixel 6 will run on Google’s first custom CPU

One of the iPhone’s biggest advantages against Android competition has been the tight integration of iOS with Apple’s custom silicon. Now it appears that at long last, Google is ready to respond in kind. A report by 9to5Google claims Google plans to introduce its own processor, internally dubbed GS101 and codenamed ‘Whitechapel,’ with this fall’s […]

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MIT robot uses radio waves to find and retrieve hidden objects

MIT researchers have developed a robot that can detect and grab objects that are hidden behind walls or pieces of clutter. The system, called RF-Grasp, uses radio waves to locate items beyond the line-of-sight of a robot’s cameras. It could help warehouse robots grab customer orders or tools that are occluded behind obstacles. Existing mechanical search systems struggle […]

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Spotify has launched a trio of new personalized playlists

Spotify has launched a trio of new personalized playlists that evolve alongside your tastes in music. The streaming service today announced that it’s introducing an artist mix, genre mix, and decade mix. The feature is already rolling out to Free and Premium users around the world. The mixes use Spotify’s vaunted recommendation algorithms to curate playlists […]

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Scientists measured brain waves using cochlear implants for the first time

Scientists have successfully measured brain waves through an ear implant for the first time, a breakthrough that could improve smart hearing aids. Researchers from KU Leuven, a university in Belgium, used an experimental cochlear implant to record neural signals that arise in response to sounds. These signals could be used to measure and monitor hearing quality. “In the […]

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The European Space Agency is developing an autonomous robot to explore the Moon’s caves

Humans aspired to colonize the Moon for centuries, but the celestial body has an extremely hostile environment. The safest locations for settlers could be under the Moon’s surface. The European Space Agency (ESA) believes lunar caves could provide shelter from radiation, micrometeorites, and extreme temperatures — and perhaps even access to water ice deposits. The […]

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NASA unveils plans for first-ever flight on Mars

When NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars last month, it didn’t arrive alone. Tucked under the belly of the buggy, a helicopter named Ingenuity had hitched a ride to the red planet. Its mission: to complete the first powered flight on another world. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSIngenuity was stowed under a debris shield on the bottom of Perseverance […]

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