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A glimpse on the “mind” of a jellyfish

Researchers have know for many years now that our basic brain components, the neurones, are functionally and physiologically very similar to neurones of all other species. That means that understanding the working of a snail neurone means understanding the working of “our” neurones. I know, it feels bad to know …

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Like an electric bike for the brain …

A trial conducted by the University of Minnesota Medical School jointly with the Massachusetts General Hospital has shown that electrical stimulation of the brain controlled by an application that is able to learn the effects of the stimulation can lead to measurable improvement in cognitive capability. The trial involved 12 …

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A robot with a bee brain

At the turn of the century (2006) IBM launched a project to map the human brain as a starting point to create a “cognitive computer”. It was clear from the beginning that it was an impossible dream, yet the hope was that pursuing it would increase our knowledge of the computational structures …

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Have we reached the limit of our brains? – I

Just after yesterday’s post I was pointed to a NYT article discussing the possible limits of our brain in terms of storage and processing (that would be computer geek parlance, in lay terms: its limits in remembering and understanding) and of ways to overcome those limits. The article is titled …

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It’s way more complex than expected

When computer started to become part of our imagination, some 60-70 years ago, people called them “electronic brains” and the next step was to associate the transistor to the neurone. Physiologists told that a neurone works like a switch, upon reception of signals got excited and the “fired” stimulating other …

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From gene editing to gene writing

The discovery of the DNA first and the sequencing of the human genome have created huge expectation for a future where it would be possible to radically cure/stop genetic diseases (and there are over 6,000 genetic disorders already identified). Clearly the first step is to understand what might be wrong …

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Sono-Optogenetcs for Brain Computer Interface

A new technology, sono-optogenetics, is being experimented to support brain-computer interfaces -BCI. BCI aims at capturing the brain activity, convert it into bits and provide these bits to a computer for analysing what is going on, eventually what you are thinking.  Let’s clarify that we are still very – very …

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Towards a true symbioses

An Aston University led consortium has won a funding of 3.5 M€ from the European Commission to explore the possibility of using natural neurones (and neurones networks) in conjunction with silicon chips to improve computation resulting in artificial intelligence. Now, this goal is not just ambitious, it is in the …

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