The Future of the Turing Test

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A couple of years ago, PopSci’s show Future Of featured a piece of software called Cleverbot. The ultimate goal of the technology is to be able to pass the Turing Test; interacting so seamlessly with human beings that it is indistinguishable from talking with an actual person. Such capabilities would dramatically improve the experience associated with all kinds of interactive …

The Future of Depressive Illness

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A 2005 study found that depressive illness costs the French economy € 4.702 per case per year. Another study found that private employers in the United States were out over $23 billion due to depression-related absenteeism. Researcher Stephen Iliardi refers to depression as a “disease of civilization.” In other words, depression has a much lower prevalence in societies that still hunt …

The Future of the High-Performing Brain

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Promising new research indicates that a simple, inexpensive technology called tDCS may improve executive function (the ability to quickly shift focus), learning, and even treat depression. The New York Times reports that: Scientific papers published in leading peer-reviewed journals since 2005 have shown that tDCS can improve the speed or accuracy with which people perform this attention-switching task. Other studies have …