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Microscope image of interconnected neurons, which appear as colorful starbursts of light.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.

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Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
Shawna Williams | May 13, 2021 | 4 min read
The experimental system, developed and tested in just one patient so far, relies on brain signals associated with handwriting to achieve the fastest communication yet seen with BCI.
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Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint
Anthony King | Sep 21, 2020 | 4 min read
A small study shows artificial intelligence can pick out individuals with coronavirus infections, but ophthalmologists and AI experts say the approach is far from proven to be capable of distinguishing infections with SARS-CoV-2 from other ills.
The Brain Inside Out: Mapping the Nervous System Wiring
The Brain Inside Out: Mapping the Nervous System's Wiring
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
An expert panel will describe their efforts to chart billions of neuronal connections and discuss how this data provides unparalleled insight into neuronal cell biology, signal processing, and behavior.
Artificial Intelligence Decodes Speech from Brain Activity: Study
Lisa Winter | Mar 31, 2020 | 2 min read
The technology, tested out on patients with epilepsy who already had electrodes implanted in their brains, is currently limited to 30–50 sentences.
Image of the Day: Melanoma Neural Network
Emily Makowski | Dec 9, 2019 | 2 min read
A deep neural network can help determine how likely cancer cells are to metastasize.
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Image of the Day: Brain Map
Nicoletta Lanese | Sep 6, 2019 | 1 min read
Scientists traced 1,000 neurons through the mouse brain, uncovering new details about how the organ is wired.
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Machine Learning “Very Easy to Abuse”
Carrie Arnold | Jun 24, 2019 | 3 min read
Microbiologist Nick Loman talks about the power of artificial intelligence and the best way to use it.
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AI Accurately Detects Lung Cancer in Scans
Shawna Williams | May 21, 2019 | 2 min read
An artificial intelligence program called a neural network exceeds radiologists’ ability to detect malignancies, but more testing is needed before using the program clinically.
Machine Learning Optimizes Images for Stimulating Monkey Neurons
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2019 | 5 min read
Neural networks generate abstract images designed to activate particular cells, lending insight into their function.
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Machine, Learning, 1951
Jef Akst | May 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Marvin Minsky engineered the first known artificial neural network, in which “rats” represented as lights learned to solve a maze.
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A Primer: Artificial Intelligence Versus Neural Networks
Jef Akst | May 1, 2019 | 2 min read
A brief history of AI, machine learning, artificial neural networks, and deep learning.
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Infographic: Human-Style Image Analysis Without the Human
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Artificially intelligent software has human-like ability to analyze host-pathogen interactions in microscopy images.
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Infographic: Brain-Like Computers Provide More Computer Power
Sandeep Ravindran | May 1, 2019 | 2 min read
Neuromorphic technology is fueling fast, large-scale simulations, supporting researchers’ endeavors to build models of the human brain.
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General Anesthesia Causes Telltale Brain Activity Patterns
Emery N. Brown and Francisco J. Flores | Mar 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
The drugs lead to widespread, predictable changes in brain waves that can help anesthesiologists personalize anesthesia and develop anesthetic-based treatments.
AI Networks Generate Super-Resolution from Basic Microscopy
Jef Akst | Dec 17, 2018 | 3 min read
A new study uses deep learning to improve the resolution of biological images, but elicits skepticism about its ability to enhance snapshots of sample types that it has never seen before.
Image of the Day: Bad Behavior
Kerry Grens | Dec 12, 2018 | 1 min read
A deep learning program can identify cells with higher metastatic potential based on the way they look and move.
AI Object Recognition System Operates at Speed of Light
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 26, 2018 | 3 min read
Researchers have created a 3D-printed artificial neural network that uses light photons to rapidly process information.
Artificial Intelligence to Boost Liquid Biopsies
Claire Asher | Jun 26, 2018 | 4 min read
Machine-learning algorithms tuned to detecting cancer DNA in the blood could pave the way for personalized cancer care.
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Navigation Cells in the Brain
Diana Kwon | May 10, 2018 | 2 min read
An algorithm trained to move through a virtual environment spontaneously generated patterns of activity found in so-called grid neurons.
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