Integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric for the first time

Your future smartphone may be woven into your machine-washable clothes

This is a sample circuit printed on fabric. (credit: Felice Torrisi)

New silicon ‘Neuropixels’ probes record activity of hundreds of neurons simultaneously

Promise to have a major impact on neuroscience

A Neuropixels probe, containing nearly 1,000 electrical sensors positioned along a probe thinner than a human hair but long enough to access many regions of a rodent’s brain simultaneously (credit: Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

Scientists decipher mechanisms in cells for extending human longevity

A sirtuin-dependent intermittent pattern of chromatin silencing during yeast aging that is crucial for longevity

Aging cells periodically switch their chromatin state. The image illustrates the "on" and "off" patterns in individual cells. (credit: UC San Diego)

New magnetism-control method could lead to ultrafast, energy-efficient computer memory

A cobalt layer on top of a gadolinium-iron alloy allows for switching memory with a single laser pulse in just 7 picoseconds. The discovery may lead to a computing processor with high-speed, non-volatile memory right on the chip. (credit:  Jon Gorchon et al./Applied Physics Letters)

Daydreaming means you’re smart and creative

It also enables you to switch to "autopilot" for routine tasks like driving

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A tool to debug ‘black box’ deep-learning neural networks

Brings transparency to self-driving cars and other self-taught systems

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Researchers watch video images people are seeing, decoded from their fMRI brain scans in near-real-time

Advanced deep-learning "mind-reading" system even interprets image meaning, providing high-level categories (face, bird, etc.)

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IBM scientists say radical new ‘in-memory’ computing architecture will speed up computers by 200 times

New architecture to enable ultra-dense, low-power, massively-parallel computing systems optimized for AI

The researchers used PCM devices made from a germanium antimony telluride alloy, which is stacked and sandwiched between two electrodes. When the scientists apply a tiny electric current to the material, they heat it, which alters its state from amorphous (with a disordered atomic arrangement) to crystalline (with an ordered atomic configuration). The IBM researchers have used the crystallization dynamics to perform computation in place. (credit: IBM Research)

This voice-authentication wearable could block voice-assistant or bank spoofing

Would disable unauthorized voice commands like "OK Google" or "Alexa"

"Alexa, open my bank account" (credit: Amazon)

A sneak peak at radical future user interfaces for phones, computers, and VR

Grabity: a wearable haptic interface for simulating weight and grasping in VR (credit: UIST 2017)

AlphaGo Zero trains itself to be most powerful Go player in the world

Self-taught "superhuman" AI already smarter than its makers

(credit: DeepMind)

Leading brain-training game improves memory and attention better than competing method

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