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Intelligent Dolphins

claimtoken-51bb47904a1ea It surprises me the way our society has changed the view we have of nature, other species and other animals. I assume it must be very difficult for some of us to look among other nature creatures and realise they have more similarities with us than differences. But still we have always had this feeling of being superior. Our...

The question of question understanding

I had a very long flight on my last easter vacation and I decided to use that spare time to reread some chapters from Physics of the impossible by Michio Kaku. While I was reading the robots chapter I began to ponder about some of the ideas mentioned. I understand that some scientists argue whether our brain is the most complicated system ever made...

The Human Brain Project

This past week a new interesting project about the human brain was approved by the European Commission. This project has been selected with an european flagship FET (Future and emerging technologies) which means it’s set to receive a billion euros and also to be funded as FET “flagships” over 10 years through its research and innovation funding programmes. Modern...

The tale of the boy who saw without eyes

I don’t know if you have already heard about the human echolocation phenomenom. For those of you who haven’t,  this post’s title probably has left you a bit astonished, but human echolocation in an ability that has been known for at least the 1950s. We could say that human echolocation its a process similar, in a way, to the one used by  bats, dolphins...

2013 Decalogue by Eduard Punset

Eduard Punset is a multidisciplinary researcher well know in Spain because since 1996 he has directed and presented “Redes” a scientific Tv program based around interviews with leading scientists.He is also professor of science, technology and society at the Faculty of Economics of the Chemical Institute of Sarrià. I wanted to translate, his new year’s...

Dr. Marvin Minsky: Building Intelligent Machines

Most of you, have probably heard about Dr. Marvin Minsky , one of the most influential authorities inside Cognitive Science. Co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies AI laboratory. In my opinion, he is one of the most intelligent thinker I have ever heard. This is a talk in 2009 in which Marvin Minsky tries to explain why we need intelligent...

Sparking Minds

I came across the other day a really interesting project named FIONA. Maybe some of you have heard of it. You can check out its cool web here. Project Fiona or The community for the creation of the artificial mind, aims as their developers explain, to be an online platform to create the next generation of virtual avatars. Many blog and internet users...

Robots with a mind of their own

Divide and conquer is a common technique used by strategists in many fields. Comprehension usually involves understanding the details and it means usually better adaptation to the “environment”. I’ll try to explain myself with an example: When trying to face a problem in any science  without understanding the main physics involving all the procedure....

Cognitive computers? A reality for IBM

Listening to Dharmendra Modha manager from IBM Cognitive Computing Systems, makes me wonder how far we are from really interacting with cognitive computers. IBM has been able to simulate about 500 billion neurons, 100 trillion synapses all running on a collection of ninety-six of the world’s fastest computers this year. The project  code name is Compass...

The tale of Daniel Tammet: The boy with the incredible brain

I remember a few years ago I came across with a documentary called something like “Incredible minds“. It was about a man called Daniel Tammet which was an autistic savant, able to work out great numerical problems in an incredible way. I was really impressed, not only of what the documentary showed he was capable of, but more about the way he explained...

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