How Your Brain Resembles the Cosmic Web

The distribution of fluctuations in the cerebellum is reminiscent of the distribution of galaxies in the cosmic web.

An Important Visual Cue for Empathetic Robots

It’s been four decades since the invention of the digital camera, and through relentless innovation the image sensors at their core have become incredibly small and sensitive. Much of the innovation has focused on trichromatic color vision; how we create a world of kaleidoscopic hues from just three inputs – red, green, and blue (RGB). By experimenting with […]

DNA Replication Visible for the First Time

An 11-second movie shows a single DNA molecule unwinding and rewinding as its genetic information is copied.

Woodworking Jigs and Software Robots

Forrester Research recently released a report on the emergent field of robotic process automation (RPA) – software bots you train to recognize recurrent activities in your everyday apps and websites so they can perform those activities automatically. According to Forrester, by 2021 there will be more than four million robots doing administrative and sales-related tasks.

From Engineered Stem Cells to Consciousness

We live amidst the overlap of these two worlds: the development of Sheefs rattles prior conceptions of our biological foundations, while Dennett and his colleagues assert there is no divine spark required for consciousness, even human consciousness.

You’re Probably Seeing Something Like This

Our perceptual mechanisms are predictive. The brain constructs a model of what it expects to find from moment to moment in the real world, then subsequently validates (or invalidates) that model based on input from the eyes.

Forget Those Other Monkeys, Just Save the Bonobos

Given that our conservation resources are limited, perhaps we should leave all those other monkeys to fend for themselves, and focus on saving the bonobos!

The Future That’s Already Here

So many startling advances are being made today in machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality, that it’s easy to overlook biology.

VW – Can This Brand Be Saved?

My question is for Volkswagen’s senior execs: even if I like your cars, can I ever again trust your company?