Terasem Movement Inc.
Lives are Good
Terasem Movement, Inc. is a
501c3 not-for-profit charity endowed for the purpose of educating the
public on the practicality and necessity of greatly extending human
life, consistent with diversity and unity, via geoethical
nanotechnology and personal cyberconsciousness, concentrating in
particular on facilitating revivals from biostasis. The Movement
focuses on preserving, evoking, reviving and downloading human
September 28, 2015
Human Traits Linked to Particular Brain Connections
Oxford University's Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain has investigated the connections in the brains of 461 people and
compared them with 280 different behavioural and demographic measures recorded for them. They found
that variation in brain connectivity and an individual's traits lay on a single axis - where those with classically
positive lifestyles and behaviours had different connections to those with classically negative ones, according to
in Neuroscience News.
September 15, 2015
Transparent Brains for Large-scale Connectomic Mapping
Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute have created a new technique for converting brain tissue into transparent tissue
to reveal 3D brain anatomy at very high resolution, according to an article
in Kurzweil AI News. The new technique, called ScaleS, has been used for large-scale connectomic mapping and 3D neural circuit reconstruction.
August 18, 2015
Miniature Functioning Human-brain Model
Scientists have developed a miniature human brain in a dish with the equivalent brain maturity of a five-week-old
fetus, according to an article
in Kurzweil AI News. The researchers at Ohio State report that it contains most of the structures found in a developing brain (except for a
vascular system) and represents the most complete human brain model yet developed.
August 12, 2015
Origin of Robot Species
University of Cambridge researchers have built a robot that can build other (simpler) robots, test which one does best,
and automatically use the results to improve the design for the next generation of robots, according to
an article in Kurzweil AI News.
This is but one step away from self-improving reproduction in a machine ... basically the beginning of Darwinian evolution
in machines. Considering that the pace of such evolution will be a billion times faster than it was with biological
organisms, Kurzweil may have his Singularity very soon.
August 10, 2015
Humour in a Machine
Researchers at Microsoft have developed an artificial intelligence system with a sense of humour. According to
an article in Bloomberg News, the system is intended to sift through over 5000 black and white cartoons
submitted to the New Yorker every week to find the funniest choices among captions that make similar jokes.
The lack of humour in an AI has been a mainstay in science fiction, perhaps best represented by
Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Jule 21, 2015
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed software that can recognize hand-drawn sketches better than humans for
the first time. According to an
article published in Kurzweil AI News, the software correctly identified the sketches 74.9 percent of the time vs 73.1 percent
for humans. It is a "deep neural network" that considers the unique characteristics of sketches - particularly the order
the strokes were drawn. When used to understand drawings on touchscreens, the software could be used as an alternative input
to keywords for information searches.
June 29, 2015
Scientists create a "fully functional" artificial neuron
Scientists at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet and Linkoping University have built what they claim is a "fully
functional neuron" that mimicks the functions of a human nerve cell, according to
article published in Kurzweil AI News . The "organic electronic biomimetic neuron" senses a chemical change in one dish
and translates it into an electrical/ionic signal that travels along an "axon" to a "synapse" and releases
chemical signals in another dish that then trigger another neuron, etc.
June 22, 2015
Brain connections last as long as the memories they store
Our memories are as fleeting as the brain structures that store them, or so the theory goes. When the connections - called
synapses - between neurons break, the memories they hold are thought to evaporate along with them. Mark Schnitzer, an
associate professor of biology and of applied physics at Stanford, has leveraged microscopy tools developed in his lab
to monitor the connections (synapses) between hippocampal neurons for the first time and confirm this theory, according to
an article published in the Stanford News
Service. In the mice that the neuroscientist and his team studied, the connections between neurons lasted about 30 days,
roughly the duration over which episodic memories are believed to stay in the mouse hippocampus.