Biotech, Nanotech

Neural Implant Tech Raises the Specter of Brainjacking

The human mind is already pretty open to manipulation—just ask anyone who works in advertising. But neural implant technology could potentially open up a direct digital link to our innermost thoughts that could be exploited by hackers. In recent months, companies like Elon Musk’s Neuralink, Kernel, and Facebook have unveiled plans to create devices that will provide a two-way interface between human brains and machines. While these devices could undoubtedly bring many benefits, they would be networked to computers and therefore essentially part of the Internet of Things. That should immediately set off alarm bells for anyone paying attention to cybersecurity news. There have been repeated warnings in recent years about the huge number of vulnerabi...

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Biotech, Nanotech, Robotics

Meet the Cambridge scientist on verge of curing Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Su Metcalfe is sitting quietly reading through some documents in the lobby of the Judge Business School when I arrive for our interview. It would be easy to walk right past her and not know you were in the presence of a woman who could be on the verge of curing multiple sclerosis. MS, an auto-immune condition which affects 2.3 million people around the world, attacks cells in the brain and the spinal cord, causing an array of physical and mental side effects including blindness and muscle weakness. At the moment there’s no cure, but Su and her company, LIFNano, hope to change that. Patients volunteer for pioneering treatment by Cambridge scientist on verge of curing multiple sclerosis “Some people get progressive MS, so go straight to the sever...

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Biotech, Nanotech, Robotics, VR

The Tech World Is Being Disrupted in Some of the Most Unlikely Places

It’s no secret that our space industries are undergoing a fantastic transformation. SpaceX is taking humans to the Moon. Blue Origin is landing and reusing rockets. And Virgin Galactic is making space planes a reality. However, it’s not just space that is experiencing a revolution. Things a little closer to home are also changing. Like our homes and the places that we go to provide for them. Need proof? Have you entered a store recently? If so, you were probably greeted by, well, a greeter. This is fairly typical; however, around the globe, a new kind of greeter is popping up—and they’re metallic. Take, for example, the newest assistant at Lowe’s: the LoweBot. It’s an autonomous robotic store assistant that can help both customers and e...

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Biotech, Nanotech

​​Ray Kurzweil: Our Health Is About to Be Radically Transformed

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, thinker, and futurist famous for forecasting the pace of technology and predicting the world of tomorrow. In this video, Kurzweil dives into the exciting and quick-moving field of biotechnology. Ever since recording the first whole human genome, the cost of sequencing has plummeted. Now that we have the “source code” of life, what will we do with it? According to Kurzweil, biology is remarkable but not optimal—so we should reprogram it. This will transform health, medicine, and longevity. "[What's happening in biotech] is an exponential process. So, exponentials start slowly then they explode," Kurzweil says. "We’re in that explosive phase now in biotech. There’s a trickle of clinical applications, this will become a floo...

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AI, Biotech, Nanotech

Exclusive: Tim Cook says Apple is not behind on artificial intelligence

Earlier this week, striding across the stage at Apple’s annual developer conference in front of a crowd of thousands at the San Jose Convention Center, Tim Cook was animated and gushing, an evangelist for a series of new products and features.Among them: the HomePod smart speaker (see "Apple Is Countering Amazon and Google with a Siri-Enabled Speaker") and new ways developers can build artificial intelligence into apps. By Thursday morning, the Apple CEO was on the other coast, sitting on a gray couch next to a yellow emoji pillow (a happy face) at the MIT Media Lab’s Affective Computing Group listening to Rosalind Picard talk about depression. Cook, who will give this year’s MIT commencement address, is spending the day before learning more about research on campus, much of i...

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