Elon Musk is working on a program to wirelessly connect human brains and computers. Potential purposes include boosting brains with artificial intelligence and tackling neurodegenerative conditions.
Musk plans to detail his new company, Neuralink, some time next week. What’s already known is that it will be based around neural lace, the concept of implanting electrodes in the brain and wirelessly connecting them to computers. He says he’ll struggle to find the time for the project but that it has too much potential to ignore.
There’s no real indication that at the moment the technology goes beyond concepts and from some of the descriptions of the possible uses, it doesn’t appear society currently understands enough about the brain’s working to realistically expect practical implementations any time soon.
However, Neuralink will reportedly start by focusing on medical uses, treating conditions such as Parkinson’s where certain nerve cells have died. The electrodes could conceivably be used to build shortcuts and reroute pathways in the same way as brains can often adapt themselves to deal with minor damage.
In the longer term, Musk is looking at the idea of transferring data to and from the brain, for example to “back up” knowledge or quickly get new information in the brain without having to go through the learning process. He’s even talked about trying to combine the brain’s abilities to think and reason (which often involves the equivalent of parallel processing) with the power of computers.
To say the least, the whole project has some major ethical, medical and technological barriers to overcome, but Musk has certainly shown a willingness to put his considerable fortune into ridiculously ambitious products. And while I don’t fancy my brain being DDOsed, perhaps my semi-serious desire for a USB socket at the back of my skull to make a daily back-up isn’t quite as ludicrous as I’d assumed.
Since Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them was just released on Blu-Ray this week, the folks from Screen Junkies have decided to give the movie their “Honest Trailers” treatment. Check it out!
Marc Hahn from BricksCreations built this awesome LEGO model of The Red Keep from The Game of Thrones TV show using 125,000 LEGO bricks, The whole thing is also motorized thanks to four EV3 Lego Mindstorms motors. Impressive, isn’t it?
[Beyond the Brick]
Watch this little girl as she declares her love for a “robot,” which is in fact an abandoned water heater. So cute!
As the girl turns away, a slow tear trickled down the water heaters face. For no one had ever told the water heater they loved him before.
Every now and then an indie game comes out that just begs the whole world to stop and play it. We had The Stanley Parable a few years back, Journey a few years before that, and many, many more in between. Hell, even the recent Undertale was one for the ages. But as of late, I have not been obsessed with Breath of the Wild or Horizon Zero Dawn like everyone else (damn, game names have gotten long). Lately, Night in the Woods has been the main game on my brain, and let me tell you why so you can experience this gem, too.
Night in the Woods is not a game in the traditional sense, which is exactly why I love indie titles so much. It is more like an episode of some awesome, mature Adult Swim show than it is a video game. Instead of killing things, you (gasp) get to know them. From simple conversations to gorgeous but palpable settings, everything about the game feels steeped in reality (even though characters are anthropomorphic animals) and the main hero, Mae, is more fleshed out and real than some games that take 40-80 hours to beat (this one takes decidedly less) but you will feel every emotion in your playthrough and that is what makes Night in the Woods a must-play. Hell, you may even shed some tears. I know I did. So if you are sick of doing the exact same thing over and over in every game out there right now, take a break from all the killing and fetch quests to play a game that will actually move you.
Night in the Woods is a work of art, both literally and figuratively, and more people need to experience it.
[Night in the Woods on Steam]
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