cognitive science

Some wasps have evolved to recognize and remember faces

Some wasps have evolved to recognize and remember faces

A team of researchers at Cornell University recently published a new paper titled "Evolutionary dynamics of recent selection on cognitive abilities." But that's a mouthful that kind of buries the
Remarkable Scans Show How the Human Brain Rewires Itself After Half Is Removed

Remarkable Scans Show How the Human Brain Rewires Itself After Half Is Removed

In rare cases, patients suffering from severe epilepsy undergo an operation in which an entire brain hemisphere is removed. New research shows the startling degree to which the remaining hemisphere is
Remarkable Scans Show How the Human Brain Rewires Itself After Half Is Removed

Remarkable Scans Show How the Human Brain Rewires Itself After Half Is Removed

In rare cases, patients suffering from severe epilepsy undergo an operation in which an entire brain hemisphere is removed. New research shows the startling degree to which the remaining hemisphere is
People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?

People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?

Pymetrics argues it's easier to remove hiring bias from algorithms than from humans.
Why did Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer win the Nobel prize this year?
A psychology experiment unexpectedly discovered a man who can’t cooperate because of brain damage

A psychology experiment unexpectedly discovered a man who can’t cooperate because of brain damage

One person with "a big black hole where their DPC is supposed to be" cooperated zero times: “They were completely selfish.”
A linguist’s trick to perfectly understanding people with different accents

A linguist’s trick to perfectly understanding people with different accents

In conversations between native and non-native speakers, the burden of success is typically placed on the non-native speaker. But in conversation it takes two to tango.

This Monet Exhibition Uses 8 Masterpieces to Show How Our Eyes Make Sense of Color

Through eight of Monet's masterpieces, an unconventional exhibition looks at how our eyes process color—and explains why our brains sometimes get tricked.

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How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us

This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes

This robot uses lasers to ‘listen’ to its environment

A new technology from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will add sound and vibration awareness to create truly context-aware computing. The system, called Ubicoustics, adds additional bits of
Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower?

Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower?

The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people who actually have this ability, it comes at a cost. Read more...
Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower?

Would Perfect Memory Be a Burden or a Superpower?

The ability to remember every moment of your life sounds like an amazing proposition, but for the very few people who actually have this ability, it comes at a cost. Read more...
This tech (scarily) lets video change reality

This tech (scarily) lets video change reality

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a method to turn one video into the style of another. While this might be a little unclear at first, take a look at the video below. In it, the

Voices in AI – Episode 66: A Conversation with Steve Ritter

About this Episode Episode 66 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Steve Ritter talk about the future of AGI,…
Tiny Tunnels Previously Unknown to Scientists Found Between the Skull and Brain

Tiny Tunnels Previously Unknown to Scientists Found Between the Skull and Brain

It’s not every day that scientists find a completely new aspect of human anatomy, but a study published this week in Nature Neuroscience is providing exactly that, describing a previously unknown

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 dives deep into artificial intelligence and machine learning

As fields of research, machine learning and artificial intelligence both date back to the 50s. More than half a century later, the disciplines have graduated from the theoretical to practical, real
This Brain Part Could Explain Why Parrots Are so Much Smarter Than Other Birds

This Brain Part Could Explain Why Parrots Are so Much Smarter Than Other Birds

Parrots are known for their intelligence, but why they should be so much smarter than other birds isn’t entirely clear. New research suggests parrots have an enlarged brain circuit responsible for

VR helps us remember

Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that people remember information better if it is presented in VR vs. on a two-dimensional personal computer. This means VR education could be an

Using saccade-tracking to trick VR users into walking in circles, giving the illusion of "infinite walking"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDk4HrEtGrM&feature=youtu.be "Saccades" are the phenomenon where your eyes flick momentarily from one place to another; during saccades, you don't consciously