Friday, 10 November 2017

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Researchers watch video images people are seeing, decoded from their fMRI brain scans in near-real-time
October 27, 2017

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Advanced deep-learning "mind-reading" system even interprets image meaning and recreates the video images
Purdue Engineering researchers have developed a system that can show what people are seeing in real-world videos, decoded from their fMRI brain scans — an advanced new form of  “mind-reading” technology that could lead to new insights in brain function and to advanced AI systems. The research builds on previous pioneering research at UC Berkeley’s … more…


IBM scientists say radical new ‘in-memory’ computing architecture will speed up computers by 200 times
October 25, 2017

The researchers used PCM devices made from a germanium antimony telluride alloy, which is stacked and sandwiched between two electrodes. When the scientists apply a tiny electric current to the material, they heat it, which alters its state from amorphous (with a disordered atomic arrangement) to crystalline (with an ordered atomic configuration). The IBM researchers have used the crystallization dynamics to perform computation in place. (credit: IBM Research)
New architecture to enable ultra-dense, low-power, massively-parallel computing systems optimized for AI
IBM Research announced Tuesday (Oct. 24, 2017) that its scientists have developed the first “in-memory computing” or “computational memory” computer system architecture, which is expected to yield 200x improvements in computer speed and energy efficiency — enabling ultra-dense, low-power, massively parallel computing systems. Their concept is to use one device (such as phase change memory … more…


This voice-authentication wearable could block voice-assistant or bank spoofing
October 23, 2017

"Alexa, open my bank account" (credit: Amazon)
Would disable unauthorized voice commands like "OK Google" or "Alexa"
University of Michigan (U-M) scientists have developed a voice-authentication system for reducing the risk of being spoofed when you use a biometric system to log into secure services or a voice assistant (such as Amazon Echo and Google Home). A hilarious example of spoofing a voice assistant happened during a Google commercial during the 2017 Super … more…



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