Chinese man famed superhuman memory beat an AI in a facial recognition contest

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At a competition in China to see who is better at recognizing faces, man or machine, Wang Yuheng, representing the humans, emerged victorious.

Wang is famous in China for his photographic memory. He successfully identified a specific glass of water out of 520 seemingly identical ones in a Chinese reality TV show. He also reportedly helped police crack a case by extracting “hidden clues” from surveillance camera footage, thanks to his exceptional observational skills.

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The first transparent 3D-printed skull has just been implanted

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Surgeons in Holland implanted a transparent plastic skull in a woman whose skull has never stopped growing. The rare bone disease that was wrecking her vision and destroying her life has been been bested by a simple 3D printer. The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Bon Verweij at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, expect her new skull to last indefinitely.

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Can a dead brain person be brought to life?

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The IRB at Anupam Hospital in India has approved Bioquark to recruit 20 patients who have been classed as clinically brain dead. The company is wanting to revive brain function and use brain and spinal cord stimulation, bioactive molecules and stem cells. Within just 15 days it is in hope that the results will be known.

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Genetic editing of humans won’t be easy to stomach

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Some futurists believe that humans will eventually  all become ones and zeroes. This would be a result of a total merger with machines and the microprocessor, before this century is out.

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The race to monetize artificial intelligence has begun

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The artificial intelligence (A.I.) battle has been heating up. IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google all continuously release impressive technologies in the space that are capturing the minds of developers and customers. From a market standpoint, A.I. is positioned to become a pillar of the next generation of software technologies. We can expect all those software giants to capture segments of the A.I. space, however, the most interesting question is who can monetize A.I. at scale first.

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In-Ear device translates foreign languages in real time

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Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny, embarrassing or downright disastrous. Thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.

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What “Sleep” Will Be Like in the future

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Futurists are accustomed to launching headfirst into some very complex subjects, but even the most high-minded and enthusiastic of prognosticators may take a pass when it comes to dealing with the future of sleep. That’s no cop out, it’s just that we humans — those in the developed world at least — maintain such a complicated relationship with sleep.

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Permission has been granted to a biotech company allowing them to attempt to reactive the brains of brain dead patients using stem cells

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An institutional Review Board has given ethical permission to stimulate the brains of  20 brain dead patients to see if people can be partly revived. The highly controversial study, ReAnimaproject, which will start next year in India, will stimulate the nervous system in order to restore the brain.

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Researchers claim blondes are not dumb after all

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Blondes have an average IQ of 103.2, compared to 102.7 for those with brown hair, 101.2 for those with red hair and 100.5 for those with black hair

Blondes are not dumb after all, researchers have claimed, as they revealed they have a slightly higher IQ than brunettes.

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Scientists locate obesity ‘switch’ in the brain

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Recent tests have shown that switching off the satiety neurons caused mice to eat more and double their weight in three weeks. When the cells’ function was restored, the mice reduced the amount they ate each day by about 25pc.

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