Thanks to birds, we may be able to create vocal prostheses that translate your thoughts into speech. Researchers have recently discovered how to recreate a bird’s song by translating its brain activity. Instead of mapping brain activity to the actual songs, they created simple representations of the bird’s vocalization patterns, which were then fed through AI. Because birdsong is a complex learned behaviour like speech, they hope to create similar tech for people with speech disorders.
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Kai Cheng’s professor had a brilliant scheme. In his first lecture, he promised that each lecture would feature a “Lie of the Day”. But why? It made his students more attentive and analytical, poring over every detail of his lecture and making sense of why things were true. It was such a powerful teaching method that his students digested his most technical lectures quite easily because they tried so hard to catch his lie. The kicker? There was no lie in that first lecture; he had lied about that too! Read full article here