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TEDx Talk: Linking Human Minds

Video of my TEDxRainier talk, on Linking Human Brains, is now up. This is all about the current science of sending sights, sounds, and sensations in and out of human brains, and the frontiers of augmenting and transferring memory and … Continue reading

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Video: Wiring the Brain: The Real Science of Nexus

I spoke last night at University Book Store on the science of sending sight, sound, and more in and out of the human brain – the real life science behind my novels Nexus and Crux. For those who couldn't make … Continue reading

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One gene helped human brains become complex

Two extra copies of the SRGAP2 gene appear to have led to slower human brain development, but denser interconnection between neurons, possibly contributing to our current cognitive abilities. (Total brain interconnectivity correlates moderately well with IQ.)  Makes one wonder about … Continue reading

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Nano-devices that cross blood-brain barrier

In my upcoming sci-fi novel Nexus , I write about a nano-device that can cross the blood-brain barrier and which has a very real impact on the mind.  Not so far fetched… A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have … Continue reading

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Reconstruction from brain activity – YouTube

Below is a clip showing the reconstruction of video subjects where shown via MRI scanning of their brains.   Pretty remarkable.   The ‘reconstructed’ video looks odd because the reconstruction method was actually to match the brain activity against snippets … Continue reading

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Rat cyborg gets digital cerebellum

New Scientist covers another step towards functional neural prosthetics.  Development here will be slow and complex, but we now have sufficient proof of concept across the field to see that interfacing digital systems with out brains is quite possible.   … Continue reading

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Memory Prosthetics – Some Progress

Theodore Berger and team, who I’ve been following since describing their work in More Than Human, achieved success earlier this year in recording a rat memory during encoding, and playing it back to the rat later. This is a very … Continue reading

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Anti-Ghrelin Vaccine to Fight Obesity

Ghrelin is a hormone that helps regulate body weight and metabolism.  Higher ghrelin levels lead us to expend less energy and to eat more in an attempt to conserve resources.   Now a group in Portugal has shown that it’s … Continue reading

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Anders Sandberg, Aubrey de Grey, Nick Bostrom on Future of Human Aging

>Three of my friends and fellow futurists commenting on the future of future of human aging. Anders focuses on uploading the brain (the best preservation, but most challenging), Aubrey de Grey on our attitudes on change. And Nick Bostrom on … Continue reading

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Woman Gets New Windpipe Grown from Her Stem Cells

>Now this is really exciting. New Scientist: Woman Receives Windpipe Built from Her Stem Cells Organ transplants have lots of problems, from the number of donors and availability of the right organ, to the issues of transport and logistics, and … Continue reading

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