How a new therapy uses VR to help those with depression, trauma, PTSD, and other mental health issues

Virtual reality isn’t used solely in gaming; VR therapy could help us overcome our fears, or even recover from past traumas. by Chi Kin Dominic Chan  A friend once described to me what it was like living with depression: “Think back to the worst day of your life, maybe a break-up or the loss of a loved one. Remember the emptiness in your chest, the listlessness in the mornings, and how all you felt like doing was curling up in bed. Now imagine feeling like that every day, with a voice constantly screaming that it’s your fault.” Living with a … Continue reading How a new therapy uses VR to help those with depression, trauma, PTSD, and other mental health issues

GOOGLE SCIENTISTS ARE CREATING AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAT EVOLVES ON ITS OWN

by Jake Anderson, The Mind Unleashed Waking Times One of the biggest global players in artificial intelligence (AI) is Google and their high-tech Brain division has been pushing the envelope for years. Now scientists working for their AutoML project have a new paper in which they claim to be developing algorithms that can evolve on their own without human input. Even more stunning is their claim that they can induce “mutations” into new generations of algorithms, which mimics principles of Darwinian evolution, namely “survival of the fittest.” The team started with one of the most basic ideas in modern AI: machine learning. Machine … Continue reading GOOGLE SCIENTISTS ARE CREATING AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THAT EVOLVES ON ITS OWN

Can Visual Content Remain Trustworthy?

 by PAUL MELCHER The battle is on. The forces of truth against forces of deception. With visual AI making it easier to fake visual content, its credibility is at stake. And with it, the income of thousands upon thousands of people worldwide who depend on the credibility of visuals to thrive: newspapers, magazines, photographers, newswires, webcasters, television news, videographers, journalists, and photo agencies, among many others. The stakes are very high. If we no longer trust our photos or videos, we lose our primary knowledge of what is truly happening outside of our immediate surroundings. With it, the ability for … Continue reading Can Visual Content Remain Trustworthy?

NANO-TECHNOLOGY: ONE WORLD, ONE BRAIN

by Jon Rappoport, Guest Waking Times The recent arrest of Harvard pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, Charles Lieber—on charges of lying to federal authorities about his business connections to China—has exposed wide-ranging relationships among American and Chinese researchers. These relationships include, above all, the open sharing of sensitive technologies that, once upon a time, would have been considered closely guarded state secrets. (See my recent piece, “Behind the explosive Charles Lieber scandal.”) Here are quotes from the journal Nano Today, from a 2019 paper titled: “Nanowire probes could drive high-resolution brain-machine interfaces”. Its authors are Chinese and American: “…advances can enable investigations of … Continue reading NANO-TECHNOLOGY: ONE WORLD, ONE BRAIN

Medical Advice From a Bot: The Unproven Promise of Babylon Health

A medical technology startup has outrun much of its competition — along with evidence that its AI symptom checker works. BY JEREMY HSU HAMISH FRASER first encountered Babylon Health in 2017 when he and a colleague helped test the accuracy of several artificial intelligence-powered symptom checkers, meant to offer medical advice for anyone with a smartphone, for Wired U.K. Among the competitors, Babylon’s symptom checker performed worst in identifying common illnesses, including asthma and shingles. Fraser, then a health informatics expert at the University of Leeds in England, figured that the company would need to vastly improve to stick around. “At that point I … Continue reading Medical Advice From a Bot: The Unproven Promise of Babylon Health

How to Predict Extreme Weather

Climate science is forging a more perfect union between humans and machines. BY AUBREY CLAYTON Thanks to advances in machine learning over the last two decades, it’s no longer in question whether humans can beat computers at games like chess; we’d have about as much chance winning a bench-press contest against a forklift. But ask the current computer champion, Google’s AlphaZero, for advice on chess theory, like whether a bishop or a knight is more valuable in the Ruy Lopez opening, and all you’ll get is a blank stare from a blinking cursor. Theory is a human construct the algorithm has … Continue reading How to Predict Extreme Weather

AUTOMATONS – LIFE INSIDE THE UNREAL MACHINE

Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times ɔːˈtɒmət(ə)n/ noun a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being. a machine which performs a range of functions according to a predetermined set of coded instructions. used in similes and comparisons to refer to a person who seems to act in a mechanical or unemotional way. “Don’t you wish you were free, Lenina?” “I don’t know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody’s happy nowadays.” He laughed. “Yes, ‘Everybody’s happy nowadays.’ We have been giving the children that at five. But wouldn’t you like to … Continue reading AUTOMATONS – LIFE INSIDE THE UNREAL MACHINE