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‘In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.

The ideal end benefit for this kind of breakthrough would be downloadable learning. Rather than needing to learn, for example, a new language through rigorous study and practice over a long period of time, we could basically “download” the knowledge after putting our minds into a highly receptive, neuroplastic state. Clearly, this kind of research would benefit anyone, but urgent military missions can succeed or fail based on the timing. In those situations, a faster way to train personnel would be a tremendous boon.’

Read more: DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us ‘Upload’ Skills

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‘The brain is often compared to a computer, a thrumming mass of circuitry, software and wires. If that’s the case, it’s surely possible to rewire it – to ensure mankind’s onboard central processing unit is the best it can be.

That’s the theory behind the latest project from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US military’s shadowy research branch. It aims to enhance human cognitive abilities by activating “synaptic plasticity” — under the banner of Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT).

The idea was inspired by recent research, suggesting the stimulation of peripheral nerves, which relay signals between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body, enhance an individual’s ability to learn, via triggering the release of neurochemicals that reorganize connections in the brain.’

Read more: ‘Watt’ a Shocker! New DARPA Project Seeks to Electrically Rewire Human Brains

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‘Stephen Hawking has warned that humans face being superseded by computers if the race to develop artificial intelligence continues apace.

The renowned physicist and cosmologist issued the stark message at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing Thursday.

Speaking via video link, Hawking said: “I believe that the rise of powerful AI will either be the best thing, or the worst thing, to happen to humanity. I have to say now that we do not yet know which. But we should do all we can to ensure that its future development benefits us and our environment.’

Read more: Stephen Hawking warns humans could be ‘superseded’ by supercomputers

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‘As if solar-powered homes, and cars, and gigawatt factories along with his Space X ventures weren’t enough already, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has another outlandish plan for humanity – a wizard-hat you might say, for our brains. Tesla and Space X are already redefining humanity’s future, but Neuralink, a platform that would use futurist technology to augment our brains could alter our world even more.

With a 36K explainer showing us exactly how Neuralink supported brain-hacking will work, Elon Musk has laid out plans to bring us to the future in a few short years. Among other claims, Neuralink promises to make human to human telepathy possible. This news makes some very excited, but others are wary. Is Neuralink going to be bigger and better than Tesla, and Space X combined, or is it a sneaky ploy to convince us to embrace a transhumanist future?’

Read more: Elon Musk Promises Human to Human (and to Machine) Telepathy with Neuralink

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‘Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has made several bold predictions regarding the future of humanity both here and on Mars, the influence of artificial intelligence and even the possibility of humans meeting with extraterrestrials.

“Apple will be around a long time, like IBM,” Wozniak said in an interview Friday, as cited by USA Today. “Look at Apple’s cash. It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around. The same goes for Google and Facebook.”

Wozniak previously made a bold prediction regarding the emergence of laptop computers way back in 1982, so he has already shown somewhat of a knack for divination.

In relation to Apple, he’s backing the tech giant to succeed in the field of self-driving cars.

“Apple is such a large company it has to go after big markets,” Wozniak told NBC on Monday. “And self-driving cars is one that we’re all reading about every day…So I’m hoping Apple goes the same way with autonomous cars.”‘

Read more: Aliens, AI & colonies on Mars: Apple’s Wozniak predicts Earth 2075

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‘Predictive behavior technology is all the rage in everything from advertising to policing to medicine, and is something that we have covered extensively at Activist Post (see our archives here). Technocrats everywhere believe that the supreme being of the universe should be a computer algorithm; because, after all, in its perfection it knows us better than we know ourselves.

The following research from the University of Southern California is a chilling example of how the State could easily employ this technology for literal interventions where potential violence could occur. Beyond the micromanagement of adult relationships, note the final direction at the end of the article: parent-child relationships.

Are we really this lazy to turn over our most intimate interactions to the advice of a computer and hope that it can help manage our every emotion? Are we really that eager to completely eradicate human free will?’

Read more: Wearable Technology Aims To Predict Relationships, Intervene When Computer Detects Trouble

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‘An individual who is in a “locked in state,” reports ZDnet.com, is one who remains fully mentally active, but has lost the ability to move. The person experiencing this state is fully cognizant in their mind, but “trapped inside an unresponsive, paralyzed body.” There are varying degrees of this challenging diagnosis. As reported by ScienceDaily.com, some stroke patients who live with Locked-in Syndrome (LIS) may even lose the ability “to swallow or even breathe on their own.” However, with technological help, “a remarkable level of independence” has been achieved.

In 2013, ScienceDaily.com reported that with the use of “sophisticated computerized interfaces,” combined with neurological rehabilitation and a “strong will to live,” LIS patients with nearly complete paralysis had been able to learn to use a joystick or a wheelchair with ever so slight movements of their head. If a one to two degree of movement is manifested as a twitch of the eye, then these movements can correlate with letters or symbols, opening up a world of communication, as documented in the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a film based on a book written with that method by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man whose own stroke precipitated LIS.’

Read more: Mind reading technology is now allowing people to communicate by thought alone

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‘How upgrading humans will become the next billion-dollar industry. Investors searching for the next transformative technology destined to turn a bunch of Ivy League dropouts into billionaires, and half the market into a loose slot machine, need only look in the mirror.

“The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,” historian Yuval Harari, author of the fascinating new book “Homo Deus,” told MarketWatch.’

Read more: Cyborgs – The Next Billion Dollar Industry

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‘The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.

What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.

The injections have become so popular that workers at Epicenter hold parties for those willing to get implanted.’

Read more: Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips

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