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2008-10-13 13:05:00

Scientists convened at the University of Reading on Sunday to take part in an annual experiment aimed at gauging the levels of artificial intelligence of computers. A dozen scientists typed at split-screen terminals, carrying out two conversations at once: one with a chat program, the other with a human. After five minutes, they were asked to say which was which. Some were not sure who - or what - they were talking to. "There was one time when I was speaking to the two, and there was an...

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2008-08-14 08:45:00

University of Reading scientists say an unlikely source - a blob of rat brain cells - controls a robot, a process that could provide clues into diseases like Alzheimer's. Meet Gordon, the world's first robot controlled exclusively by living brain tissue. The groundbreaking experiment of the neuron-powered machine explores the vanishing boundary between natural and artificial intelligence. One of the lead researchers said it sheds light on the fundamental building blocks of memory and...

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2008-04-10 10:10:00

If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England may have good news for you.They have found that phytochemical-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory, according to a study soon to be published in the science journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine. The researchers working at the Schools of Food Biosciences and Psychology in...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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