Dark Thirty Radio – June 17th, 2016

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Images Taken From fMRI’s Produce Portraits From Thoughts

Researchers used an incredible new form of functional magnetic resonance imaging pattern analysis which is now being used by computers to predict faces by using data from the memory-centered area of the brain.

Hongmi Lee and Brice A. Kuhl from the Kuhl Lab at the University of Oregon studied the area of the brain responsible for processing faces, and stated ‘Recent findings suggest that the contents of memory encoding and retrieval can be decoded from the angular gyrus (ANG), a subregion of posterior lateral parietal cortex. Visually perceived faces were reliably reconstructed from activity patterns.”

Source: DailyMail.Co.UK

Coming Soon…BrainBook?

Creator and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, shared his  predictions for the future of social media, during a Q&A held on his latest addition, Facebook Live.

Zuckerberg believes in as soon as the next 50 years, we could see technology far surpass virtual reality to the point where users could share their thoughts and experiences telepathically.

Although he denies working on the technology himself, he does state that there is ‘crazy brain research’ underway that could bring this futuristic idea into the present.

Source:  DailyMail.Co.UK

Could A Real Life Kraken Have Been Discovered?

A startlingly new video has been uploaded to YouTube, claiming a strange sighting, via Google Earth, as a possible UFO but now, many viewers point out the more likely explanation of the image is that of a Kraken.

Scott C Waring of UFO Sightings Daily, surprisingly agrees with the majority, having studied the coordinates himself.

Waring said ‘I used Google ruler and it says this is 30 meters (100 feet) from head to end, but the end looks like just the mid area of a giant squid, which means it could be 60+ meters long with tentacles. ‘That sounds like the Kraken to me.’

Source: DailyMail.Co.UK

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Prediction Suggests Artificial Intelligence Will Eventually Control All Technology

Artificial intelligence is emerging everywhere and now Android co-founder Andy Rubin predicts that future AI will become so powerful that it underpins every connected device.

Rubin said a combination of quantum computing and AI advancements could yield a conscious intelligence that would control every internet-enabled gadget.

While this technology is currently theoretical, Rubin’s investment fund, Playground Global, is investing $300 million in companies trying to make this future of AI a reality, including a quantum computing firm.

Source: DailyMail.Co.UK

AI Replicates Sounds Of Nature To Perfection

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created an artificial intelligence that can trick the human ear.

The researchers created a computer algorithm that can predict and create sound effects using a system called a recurrent neural network, which allows a computer to use its units in dynamic, rather than fixed, arrangements similar to the way neurons can be reconfigured in many different networks in the brain.

This represents one of the first computer learning systems able to make predictions about information using solely visual information, by almost guessing what something would sound like based on how it looks.

Source: MysteriousUniverse

Black holes colliding

Second Gravitational Wave Detected

A new discovery was announced at an astronomical meeting in San Diego revealing that a second pair of black holes that devoured each other 1.4 billion years ago have been detected.

The same group of astronomers that produced the first audio of the gravitational-wave chirps, they gathered that in the new merger, the black holes were roughly 14 and 8 times as massive as the sun, circled and combined into a single spinning black hole 21 times as massive as the sun. The collision spilled an amount of energy equivalent to the entire mass of the sun into space-time.

The study is being published in Physical Review Letters by about a thousand scientists in the LIGO and Virgo Collaborations, which analyze data from the gravitational wave detectors.

Source: NYTimes

 

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