This July scientists reported using a neural implant in a man’s brain to restore his ability to communicate. The man, known as Pancho, has been partially paralyzed and unable to produce intelligible speech since suffering a severe stroke in 2003.
The new technology records Pancho’s brain activity with an array of electrodes, analyzes the activity to detect the words he is trying to say and then translates those intentions into written words that can be displayed on a computer screen. It is the latest advance in the exploding field of brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs. Similar systems have made headlines
One of the challenges of writing about technology is how to escape from what the sociologist Michael Mann memorably called “the sociology of the last five minutes”. This is especially difficult when covering the digital tech industry because one is continually deluged with ‘new’ stuff – viral memes, shiny new products or services, Facebook scandals (a weekly staple), security breaches etc. Recent weeks, for example, have brought the industry’s enthusiasm for the idea of a “metaverse” (neatly dissected here by Alex Hern), El Salvador’s flirtation with bitcoin, endless stories about central banks and governments beginning to worry about
Covid-19 has tested professionals across industries, but none more so than tech teams. On top of their usual loads, tech teams in many companies were tasked with developing and overseeing plans for their colleagues to seamlessly shift to remote work—in many cases, with little to no warning.
Even when we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic, there will be challenging work ahead for tech leaders and their teams, from adapting to new workplace norms to filling needed positions in a tight workers’ economy. To cope, companies and their tech teams need to be aware of what’s coming. Below, 16
Tiny PCs make a lot of sense in homes and offices where there isn’t enough space for full-sized desktop towers. Not everyone needs top-end hardware with elaborate cooling mechanisms and multiple hard drives – and much of the volume inside today’s PC cabinets is actually empty thanks to increased integration. If you can get all your work done on a laptop, you’re already using components that can be packed into much smaller spaces. So why aren’t tiny PCs, such as Intel’s NUC lineup, more popular?
It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation. Not a lot of people know that such
As the founder of India’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Nischal Shetty has his finger on the pulse of new trends.
In 2017, after taking more than a week to buy his first bitcoin, he spotted a gap in the market to simplify trades of the then-booming digital currency.
Now, he has his eye on the next phase of growth for cryptocurrencies.