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Consciousness resolves competing muscle demands, study finds

October 1, 2009

The primary roles of consciousness are to bring together competing demands on skeletal muscle and decide which action “wins” and is carried out, and to allow individuals to adapt their actions in the future, according to San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella, lead author of a new study.

The study finds that we are only aware of competing actions that involve skeletal muscles that voluntarily… read more

Consciousness in Human and Robot

June 6, 2002

AI skeptics offer several reasons
why robots could never become
conscious. MITs’ humanoid Cog robot
project may give them pause.

Consciousness Based on Wireless?

May 21, 2002

Prof. JohnJoe McFadden argues that human consciousness is the brain’s electromagnetic field interacting with its neural circuitry.


February 11, 2003

Nobel laureate Francis Crick and and neuroscientist Christof Koch outline a strategy to develop a coherent scheme for determining the neural correlates of consciousness in philosophical, psychological and neural terms in the February issue of Nature Neuroscience.

Their approach centers on the visual system of primates, drawing on data from electrical recordings in awake monkeys, behavioral studies in humans and the effects of specific brain damage. Much of the… read more

Conscious computing debated at MIT anniversary event

December 22, 2006

Will there ever be such a thing as artificial intelligence? That question was argued by inventor Ray Kurzweil and Yale University professor David Gelernter.

Conscientiousness is the secret to a long life (article preview)

October 24, 2008

University of California at Riverside researchers found that people who were less conscientious were 50 per cent more likely to die at any given age, on average, than those of the same age who scored highly.

Connotate looks beyond traditional search

December 9, 2005

A new generation of “intelligent search” tools is emerging.

Connotate Technologies supplies “intelligent agents” programmed to retrieve specific information from the Web in real time.

The company claims its software can search more than 500 billion Web pages and seek out specific pieces of information and monitor specified Web pages as often as once per second, delivering alerts and summaries to customers via the Web, e-mail, mobile devices… read more

Connective tissue cells from lungs fused with heart muscle to form biological pacemaker

November 17, 2005

Johns Hopkins scientists fused common connective tissue cells taken from lungs with heart muscle cells to create a safe and effective biological pacemaker whose cells can fire on their own and naturally regulate the muscle’s rhythmic beat.

“This work with fibroblasts could pave the way to an alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers,” says Eduardo Marban, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chief of cardiology at Hopkins and its Heart Institute. “Such… read more

Connections to Broadband Increase 50%

May 20, 2003

The number of American households that connect to the Internet via broadband cnnections grew by 50 percent in the last year, raising to nearly one-third the portion of home Internet users who now use broadband connections. But the rapid growth rate is unlikely to continue.

Connection to your future self impacts your financial decision-making

July 13, 2011

How connected consumers feel (or don’t feel) to their future selves impacts their spending and savings decisions, researchers at Columbia Business School and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business have determined.

The researchers conducted a series of experiments that manipulated the degree to which subjects felt connected to their future selves. When discontinuity with the future self is anticipated, people behave… read more

Connecting Your Brain to the Game

March 7, 2007

Emotiv Systems has announced that video-game makers are able to buy Emotiv’s electro-encephalograph (EEG) caps and software developer’s tool kits so that they can build games that, they claim, can use the electrical signals from a player’s brain to control the on-screen action.

However, biomedical experts are skeptical because of problems with lead coupling and transients and interference from strong signals from muscles in the head.

Connected sky: surfing the web above the clouds

May 14, 2012


A recent deal between the British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and one of the biggest global aviation suppliers, Honeywell, may help give in-flight connectivity speed a boost.

Inmarsat plans to launch three satellites into orbit in the years to come, with the first one planned for 2013. The firm says the project, called Global Xpress, will provide global coverage and essentially make in-flight Wi-fi fast, cheap, reliable, and available… read more

Connected cars open up to apps and the cloud

July 23, 2012


The automobile of the future will not just have Internet access; it will depend on it, says Jon Stewart on BBC Future.

By tapping into the mass of data your car produces, combined with the huge computing resources available on the web, apps could help save you — and everyone around you — fuel, time and money.

Several manufacturers including Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and… read more

Conjuring music, sans instruments

August 2, 2011

Imogen Heap, the Grammy Award-winning musician, debuted a pair of musical gloves at the recentĀ TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh that allow her to compose, arrange, and perform music with hand movements..

Those movements include, for example, the ability to record a loop by opening her hand, filtering sound by bringing her hands togetherl and panning by pointing in the desired direction. Volume can also be manipulated with some… read more

Congressman concerned about superintelligence becoming self-aware

June 9, 2006

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said at a House Science Committe meeting Wednesday that based on the opinions of experts, there is reason to believe that in about 25 years a supercomputer will be built that “exceeds human intelligence,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

Sherman said he hopes that some of the future researchers that the bills would cultivate will be steered toward the potentially emerging field of making… read more

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