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Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover.

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No matter how well designed, there are no running shoes that allow runners to keep up with cyclists.
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An AI can read words in brain signals

Researchers at UCSF have trained an algorithm to parse meaning from neural activity.

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  • Participants' neural activity is collected as they speak 50 sentences.
  • A machine-learning algorithm develops a prediction of what the collected data means.
  • The system's accuracy varies, but the results are promising.
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    • MIT-affiliated researchers develop a hypersensitive glove that can capture the way in which we handle objects.
    • The data captured by the glove can be "learned" by a neural net.
    • Smart tactile interaction will be invaluable when A.I.-based robots start to interact with objects — and us.
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    Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs

    Neuroscience is working to conquer some of the human body's cruelest conditions: Paralysis, brain disease, and schizophrenia.

    • Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.
    • Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.
    • Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neuroscience that can effectively manage brain conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson's, and may one day mitigate schizophrenia so people can live normal, independent lives.
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    Neurotechnology today: What’s real, what’s coming

    A balanced discussion of the realities, the mythologies, and the concerns surrounding cutting-edge brain research.

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    • A new film, I AM HUMAN, takes a comprehensive look at the realities of neurotechnology today.
    • The film follows three patients for whom experimental treatment may be the best option.
    • Experts weigh in on the difficulties and the promise of neurotech.
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