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Tsaparis Tscience: Scientists "Read Minds" This Week

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 04:56:47-04

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) -- Though records have been rendered obsolete, it's still fascinating how a needle on vinyl can magically spit out music. Google engineers get us up close and personal with how the process works using an electron microscope. The needle uses magnets that are moved by the vibration against the l-p, and then electric signals are sent to the speakers.

Reading minds may be an attainable goal very soon. Scientists at the Wadsworth center in New York have managed to reconstruct speech from brain activity this week. Volunteers had electrodes attached to their cerebral cortexes, where brain waves relate to speech. This allowed scientists to read their minds as the volunteers said stuff in their head. The hope is to mass-market the technology so then, like, Siri can know what you're thinking about.

It's the "cheetah" robot, designed by engineers at MIT. Well, since we last talked about the bot that can run up to 10 miles per hour and climb up hills, it can now jump over moving obstacles up to a foot high. It's all thanks to real time algorithms that were installed into "cheetah's" electric brain, including radar. This calculates how far and how tall the object is, and when to jump.