Elon Musk reveals his plan to link your brain to your smartphone

Elon Musk reveals his plan to link your brain to your smartphone

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Step one: Drill holes in the skull. Step two: Implant “threads” into the brain.

Neuralink, one of Musk’s secretive companies, revealed the advance at a San Francisco event Tuesday, giving the public its first real peek at what the startup’s been up to since its launch two years ago. Neuralink has also created a neurosurgical robot reminiscent of a sewing machine, which can embed the threads — each much thinner than a human hair — in the brain.

So far, the threads have only been tested in animals, but Musk said he hopes to start testing in humans “by the end of next year,” a timeline that seems unrealistically ambitious. He’ll need to get the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first, which promises to be a complicated feat: The current procedure for implanting the threads requires drilling holes in the skull.

If he succeeds in getting FDA approval, it’ll likely be because he’s pitching the advance as a technology meant to address a medical condition: paralysis. The idea is that the threads will read neuronal signals from a paralyzed patient’s brain and transmit that data to a machine — say, an iPhone — enabling the patient to control it without having to tap or type or swipe.

Neuralink’s trials so far have been conducted on rats, and, it seems, monkeys. In a telling moment during the Q&A portion of the event, Musk veered off-script, saying, “A monkey has been able to control the computer with its brain. Just FYI.” (We don’t yet have evidence to that effect.) Neuralink president Max Hodak’s response: “I didn’t realize we were running that result today, but there it goes.”

If this technology is functional in human patients — and we should always be careful not to extrapolate too much from early animal studies to humans, particularly when dealing with complex brain systems — it could significantly improve quality of life for millions of people. Approximately 5.4 million people are living with paralysis in the US alone, according to a Reeve Foundation study.

As if to underscore Neuralink’s medicinal ambitions, the company’s head surgeon, Matthew MacDougall, spoke onstage dressed in blue scrubs. He emphasized that Neuralink’s main concern is patient safety, adding that eventually the company wants its brain implant procedure to be as non-invasive as Lasik eye surgery. He also said it’s “only intended for patients with serious unmet medical diseases,” like people who’ve been completely paralyzed as the result of a spinal cord injury.

But helping people with paralysis is not, it seems, Musk’s end goal — the futurist made clear he has much grander ambitions. Ultimately, he said, he aims “to achieve a symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” The goal is to develop a technology that enables humans “merging with AI” so that we won’t be “left behind” as AI systems become more and more advanced.

This fantastical vision is not the sort of thing for which the FDA greenlights human trials. But a study on helping people with paralysis? That may get a warmer reception.

Neuralink is arguably one of the foremost startups dedicated to biohacking, the quest to augment human beings’ physical and cognitive performance, often by performing radical experiments on ourselves. It’s now facing a problem common to many biohackers: The medical system, they complain, holds back progress.

“If you were to come up with a compound right now that literally cures aging, you couldn’t get it approved,” Oliver Medvedik, a biohacking advocate who directs the Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at Cooper Union, recently told me. “By the definition we’ve set up, aging isn’t a disease, and if you want to get it approved by the FDA you have to target a certain disease. That just seems very strange and antiquated and broken.”

Musk said that the event, which was live-streamed, was not about showing off. “The main reason for doing this presentation is recruiting,” he said. He wants more people to apply to Neuralink’s open positions. The company currently has about 90 employees and $158 million in funding, $100 million of which reportedly came from Musk himself.

But Hodak described the purpose of the presentation differently in an interview with the New York Times. “We want this burden of stealth mode off of us so that we can keep building and do things like normal people, such as publish papers,” he said. (The company recently released a white paper explaining its new technology.)

Neuralink isn’t the first to explore brain-machine interfaces. Other companies like Kernel and Paradromics are also working in this space, as is the US military. Some scientists are currently working on brain implants that would translate paralyzed people’s thoughts into speech.

In other words, if Neuralink really has achieved what it says it’s achieved, this could be a major advance with promising applications for people down the road.

Just don’t expect those applications too soon: The company still has to prove that its system can work in human brains, and that the threads, once implanted, can survive in our brains for years without deteriorating — or causing our brains themselves to deteriorate.

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Game of Thrones cast says farewell on this week’s EW cover: ‘I will miss this so much’

Game of Thrones cast says farewell on this week’s EW cover: ‘I will miss this so much’

By James Hibberd. Source: Entertainment Weekly

The cast of Game of Thrones says farewell to the HBO blockbuster in Entertainment Weekly‘s new issue going behind the scenes of the final season’s end game.

The issue dives deep into the tragic downfall of Daenerys Targaryen with Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, along with chats with Isaac Hempstead Wright about playing the new king of Westeros and Sophie Turner on becoming the Queen in the North. There are also 14 new photos from behind the scenes and the show itself.

“I will miss this so much,” says GoT star Peter Dinklage. “But it’s time to move on. A lot of shows stay on television for too long. You got to make room for the new thing. And no decision should ever be made just because something is making a lot of money. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] are smart enough, and HBO is smart enough, to not just go, ‘Well, everybody’s getting rich let’s keep going’ — that’s the worst thing you can do with something creative like this. I know it’s difficult to make that decision. This is the greatest role I’ve ever had.”

The younger cast members are ready to move on too, especially after spending most of their lives playing just one role. Like Jon Snow going beyond The Wall to start a new life with the Wildlings, Harington is ready for something new.

“The goal of acting is to gain some recognition and fame — that’s not what I’m looking for anymore,” Harington says. “This gives me the freedom to try things I want to do. I keep nicking beers from David and Dan’s fridge. I left them a note saying, ‘I owe you two beers and one career,’ and that’s how I feel.”

“This show is my life,” Clarke says. “Any doors that are open now, this show opened them. Any major life choice I’ve made have been a reaction to this show.”

MUSIC: Why Kent and Flosso’s ‘Byafayo’ is the jam that will make your traffic woes disappear

MUSIC: Why Kent and Flosso’s ‘Byafayo’ is the jam that will make your traffic woes disappear

By Trevor Taremwa

One cannot help simply singing along tothis new love anthem from one of the most talented, hard- working and underrated musical duos, Voltage music.

Kent and Flosso sing their souls out to this one girl with whom they promise to write down history in the books of love.

They craft their story carefully, with well thought out lyrics as they sequen- tially narrate their journey, from how they met the girl downtown in a red dress and this, is arguably one of Voltage’s most outstanding efforts.

The production is smooth. A consistent bass tempo fused with subtle piano keys that spells out a love ballad from the word go. The chorus has an infusion of afro beat and RnB that sets pace for the duos effortless delivery.

The song has very rich lyrical prowess. Kent in the opening verse becomes a story teller, narrating how he met this dream girl, downtown, in a red dress as they waited for a train.

The lyrics have rhyme, they tend towards poetry and they paint a very vivid picture and one cannot simply wait for what the video will look like.

In another verse, Flosso alludes to the once popular Televisionseries couple of “Angelo and Ina” as he refers to how great theirlove will be. The lyrical connection is deep.

Kent’s vocal prowess is breathtaking. Ever since the duo’s rstsong, he has taken tremendous strides as far as his vocal deliv- ery and he sure does justice to this song.

On this song, Voltage music not only make love history but also write down musical history as one of the most talented duos we have seen in the industry. Tremendous effort.Very beautiful song.

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Let’s embrace God’s grace in doing His will

Let’s embrace God’s grace in doing His will

By Joe Babendreier

Grace is the gift God gives us so we can do his will. The New Testament uses the word more than a hundred times. The gospels tell us that grace “comes through Jesus Christ”. They say the Angel Gabriel called the Virgin Mary “full of grace”. The Acts of the Apostles was written to “bear witness to the good news of God’s grace”. St Paul wrote in Romans that all Christians “are justified by the free gift of his grace through being set free in Christ Jesus”, noting that “however much sin increases, grace is always greater.”

St James, after clarifying that “faith without works is dead”, went on to state that “God opposes the proud and gives his grace to the humble.” St Peter told the first Christians: “Put all your hope in the grace brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Finally, the very last verse of the Bible says: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.”

Humility means recognising the fact that we have done things that make us unworthy of receiving any gift of any kind from God.

This is why St Paul urges us in Colossians: “You were once estranged and of hostile intent through your evil behaviour. Now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body, to bring you before himself holy, faultless and irreproachable.”

The greatest battle over grace took place 1,500 years ago when an African bishop confronted a British priest named Pelagius. Pelagius said that we can count on Jesus for no more than good example and that grace is nothing more than the law by which God commands us to do good and avoid evil.

St Augustine proved from sacred Scripture how mistaken Pelagius was.

St Augustine noted how God’s grace and free will act together: “St Paul said: ‘By the grace of God I am what I am.’ Then, in order to exhibit also his free will, the Apostle added: ‘His grace within me was not in vain, but I have laboured more abundantly than the others.’

Paul also appealed to the free will when he said: ‘We beseech you that you receive not the grace of God in vain.’ Lest you think that free will can accomplish any good thing without the grace of God, after saying, ‘His grace within me was not in vain, but I have laboured more abundantly,’ Paul added the qualifying clause, ‘Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.’ In other words: ‘Not I alone, but the grace of God with me.’ And thus, neither was it the grace of God alone, nor was it he himself alone, but it was God’s grace with him.”

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All set for Rwanda Film Festival 2018

All set for Rwanda Film Festival 2018

By Moses Opobo

All is set for the Rwanda Film Festival to be held in Kigali, with screenings scheduled in different parts of the country.

This year’s festival will take place from September 15-21, under the theme of “Heritage”.

It is the 14th edition of the weeklong action packed festival, which is organised annually by the Kwetu Film Institute, the leading film school in the country.

Also known as Hillywood, the festival seeks to promote local and global awareness, appreciation and understanding of the nascent film industry in Rwanda.

Every year, the festival kicks off with an invites-only opening gala in Kigali, at which the full programme for the festival is officially announced.

Screenings are staged at select venues in Kigali and, as part of the festival’s Travelling Theater initiative, or ‘cinema to the people’, at various upcountry locations as well.

According to Eric Kabera, the festival founder, the upcountry screenings serve not only an artistic, but also a moral purpose. He explains that most of the people that turn up for the upcountry outdoor screenings are usually seeing a film by local filmmakers and actors for the first time.

This year, in line with the theme of Heritage, some of the film screenings will be staged by Lake Kivu in Rubavu District, Western Province.

“This year, one of our advisory boards from the Oscars suggested to have our film festival moved by the lake, and now we are getting to take the movies there by the beach, the heritage of the Great Lakes region,” revealed Eric Kabera.

Commenting on the theme of Heritage, Kabera described cinema as “the most powerful weapon used to preserve and share a heritage, be it cultural or traditional.

“Cinema provides us with the power to understand, explore and build our own identities. Through cinema, we are able to see and understand what Africa was like in the independence struggle in the 60s, and what the world looked like after the two World Wars, what our ancestors did to survive when there was no car, airplanes or all the other commodities we have today. We cross through generations, to reshape and understand our past, build our present while we foresee our future.”

“New generations are built through what they inherit from their fore fathers. The stories we tell today, and how we tell them will shape the future of our children, their children, and many generations to come.”

The festival will further explore the link between cinema and heritage, with screenings of films from across the African continent and the African diaspora communities around the world. These will be complimented by an international selection of films that explore the heritage of different nations across the globe.

“Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation. When Nelson Mandela said those words during a speech, he was referring to his nation of South Africa, but this is something that we can shape through the entire world.

“Learning to understand and embrace our differences by looking at our varied heritages is a weapon that we can use to connect and bring all of us together,” Kabera added.

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Kenyans wins 6 awards at the 2018 AMVCAs, with movie ’18 Hours’ bagging 3

Kenyans wins 6 awards at the 2018 AMVCAs, with movie ’18 Hours’ bagging 3

Kenyan movie 18 hours has won 3 awards in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2018 AMVCAs). The movie had received 5 nominations in the competition.

Kenyans won a total of 6 awards in the 2018 AMVCAs and the list is below.

  • Best movie East Africa – 18 Hours
  • Best overall movie – 18 Hours
  • Best picture editor movie/TV series – Mark Maina (18 Hours)
  • Best actress in a comedy (Movie/TV series) – Nyce Wanjeri (Auntie Boss)
  • Best documentary – The Flesh Business
  • Best Indigenous language movie or TV series – Supa Modo

The full list of winners of the 2018 AMVCAs as announced yesterday is as follows:

BEST SHORT FILM OR ONLINE VIDEO

PENANCE MICHAEL ‘AMA PSALMIST’ AKINROGUNDE – Winner
THE HOUSEWIFE JAY FRANKLIN JITUBOH
TOLU NADINE IBRAHIM
LODGERS KENI OGUNLOLA
TANWA.. THE CHILD WE WANTED ADENIKE ADEBAYO

BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE FLESH BUSINESS – DENIS WANJOHI MAINA – Winner
NIGHTFALL IN LAGOS JAMES AMUTA
GOD’S WIVES BOLANLE OLUKANNI
OMIDAN, STYLES DEFUNCT BY AYAWORANHO3D ADEREMI DAVIES
CALABAR CARNIVAL: WHAT THE PEOPLE THINK OGHENEFEGO OFILI

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – HAUSA

MANSOOR – ALI NUHU – Winner
UMAR SANDA KAMAL S ALKALI
DADIN KOWA SABON SALO AREWA24
UWAR BARI HAMISU LAMIDO IYANTAMA
RASHINSANI TIANA JOHNSON

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – IGBO

BOUND – LILIAN AFEGBAI – Winner
OFUOBI VICTOR IYKE
UWA NA EME NTUGHARI TIANA JOHNSON
OGE NKEM TIANA OBOYI JOHNSON
EGO MALAYSIA IYOOH JAMES CHIDOZIE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – YORUBA

ETIKO ONIGEDU – FEMI ADEBAYO – Winner
ALAKITI ABIODUN JIMOH, JUMOKE ODETOLA
ADABA ADEBAYO SALAMI
EGUN IRAN KINNI OYINDAMOLA AWOTIDEBE
OSUN SENGESE IBIRONKE OJO

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – SWAHILI

SUPA MODO – SARIKA HEMI LAKHANI – Winner
T-JUNCTION AMIL ISSA SHIVJI
KERU VICTOR GATONYE
MKAZA MWANA TELLYRENCE WAYONGO
PETU NA GARU SYLONE MALALO

BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA

THE ROAD TO SUNRISE – SHEMU JOYAH – Winner
DESCENT AWAL ABDULFATAI
SALUTE! PHILIPPE TALAVERA
JOMAKO BLACK DEMOCRACY ABRAHAM KABWE
NYASALAND JOYCE MHANGO CHAVULA

BEST MOVIE EAST AFRICA

18 HOURS – PHOEBE RUGURU – Winner
DEVIL’S CHEST HASSAN MAGEYE
THE FORBIDDEN KIZITO SAMUEL SAVIOUR
RAIN MATHEW & ELEANOR NABWISO
BELLA MATT BISH

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES

TATU – AKPE ODODORU, TUNDE AKINNIYI – Winner
KADA RIVER GODWIN GATTA
HIDDEN AGBO KELLY
LOTANNA TOKA MCBAROR
CHILDREN OF MUD SUNDAY OLALEKAN

BEST OVERALL MOVIE

18 HOURS – PHOEBE RUGURU – Winner
POTATO POTAHTO SHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO
ALTER EGO MOSES INWANG/ESTHER EYIBIO
DEVIL’S CHEST HASSAN MAGEYE
DESCENT AWAL ABDULFATAI
THE ROAD TO SUNRISE SHEMU JOYAH

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

ISOKEN – LYDIA FORSON – Winner
TATU TOYIN ABRAHAM
BANANA ISLAND GHOST DORCAS FAPSON
TATU FUNLOLA AOFIYEBI-RAIMI
BLACKROSE EBELE OKARO
ALTER EGO EMEM INWANG

BEST WRITER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

ALTER EGO – PATRICK NNAMANI/KOYE O/MOSES INWANG – Winner
IDEMUZA ALOAYE OMOAKE
SOUL TIE KEHINDE JOSEPH
IDAHOSA TRAILS STANLEE OHIKHUARE
18 HOURS NJUE KEVIN
THE TORTURE MULINDWA RICHARD
HAKKUNDE TOMI ADESINA

BEST TELEVISION SERIES

GINA AND FRIENDS PAUL IGWE
PROFESSOR JOHNBULL – CHILDLESS WIVES TCHIDI CHIKERE
PAPA AJASCO RELOADED WALE ADENUGA
THIS IS IT DOLAPO ADELEKE(LOWLA DEE)
RELATIVES TUNDE ADEGBOLA

BEST PICTURE EDITOR MOVIE/TV SERIES

18 HOURS – MARK MAINA – Winner
IDEMUZA ALOAYE OMOAKE
ALTER EGO MOSES INWANG/TUNDE BAKARE
HAKKUNDE ASURF OLUSEYI
HIDDEN JIBRIL MAILAFIA

BEST MAKE UP ARTIST MOVIE/TV SERIES

TATU – THELMA OZY SMITH, HAKEEM EFFECT ONILOGBO – Winner
OJUKOKORO (GREED) SANDRA OYIANA
WHAT LIES WITHIN CYNTHIA UBUBA
DISGUISE HAKEEM EFFECT
LOTANNA NNENA EMEKALAM

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

NEW MONEY – FALZ – Winner
BANANA ISLAND GHOST SAIDI BALOGUN
BANANA ISLAND GHOST TOMIWA EDUN
IDAHOSA TRAILS KUNLE IDOWU
OKAFOR’S LAW GABRIEL AFOLAYAN
BETRAYAL WALE OJO

BEST ART DIRECTOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES

LOTANNA – TUNJI AFOLAYAN – Winner
TATU DON OMOPE, UZOMA MIKE EBUKA, EBUNOLUWA FATOGUN
ISOKEN JADE OSIBERU
IDAHOSA TRAILS STANLEE OHIKHUARE
CHILDREN OF MUD IMOH UMOREN
HIDDEN YUSUF HASAN

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER MOVIE OR TV SERIES

OKAFOR’S LAW – YINKA EDWARD – Winner
TATU AKPE ODODORU
IDEMUZA DICKSON GODWIN
T-JUNCTION LESTER MILLADO
THE TORTURE RWAMUSIGAZI KYAKUNZIRE
ALTER EGO BISHOP BLUNT/ADEOYE ADENIYI

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

AUNTIE BOSS – NYCE WANJERI – Winner
BACK UP WIFE BIMBO ADEMOYE
EXCESS LUGGAGE QUEEN NWOKOYE
THE BIG FAT LIE RITA DOMINIC
10 DAYS IN SUN CITY ADESUA ETOMI
ISOKEN DAKORE AKANDE

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

ALTER EGO – OMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE – Winner
THE TORTURE AGABA JOAN
WITNESS BOX KEIRA HEWATCH
CHILDREN OF MUD MIRIAM KAYODE
BELLA CINDERELLA SANYU
BLACKROSE LILIAN ECHELON

BEST DIRECTOR MOVIE

ISOKEN – JADE OSIBERU – Winner
ALTER EGO MOSES INWANG
IDEMUZA ALOAYE OMOAKE
HAKKUNDE ASURF OLUSEYI
TATU DON OMOPE
THE TORTURE MULINDWA RICHARD
POTATO POTAHTO SHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO

BEST SOUND EDITOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES

TATU – KOLADE MORAKINYO – Winner
IDAHOSA TRAILS STANLEE OHIKHUARE
ALTER EGO ZEZOM GNAWNI
OJUKOKORO (GREED) DAYO THOMPSON
HAKKUNDE JAMES COON FALCON

BEST SOUND TRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES

TATU – EVELLE – Winner
MO TOM KOROLUK
BANANA ISLAND GHOST ENYI OMERUAH AND FUNMBI OGUNBANWO
BELLA ANDREW AHUURA
IDAHOSA TRAILS ORIRI OSAYAMORE
18 HOURS JACKTONE OKORE

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES

THE BRIDGE – NGOZI OBASI AND JAMES BESSINONE – Winner
TATU YOLANDA OKEREKE
ISOKEN JADE OSIBERU
POTATO POTAHTO CHRISTIE BROWN
HAKKUNDE JOAN GBEFWI

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

SIDECHIC GANG – ADJETEY ANANG Winner
ALTER EGO WALE OJO
BENEVOLENCE KALU IKEAGWU
THE TORTURE RUSHABIRO RAYMOND
KETEKE ADJETEY ANANG
ESOHE CHRIS ATTOH

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

DR MEKAM KALU IKEAGWU
THE BIG FAT LIE BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU
EXCESS LUGGAGE IK OGBONNA
GUYNMAN JIMMY ODUKOYA
POTATO POTAHTO OC UKEJE
A MILLION BABY ODUNLADE ADEKOLA

BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA

ISOKEN – JADE OSIBERU – Winner
POTATO POTAHTO SHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO
ALTER EGO MOSES INWANG/ESTHER EYIBIO
TATU DON OMOPE, YOLANDE OKEREKE, SEGUN ARINZE, TOLU AWOBIYI
CHILDREN OF MUD IMOH UMOREN
LOTANNA IFAN MICHAEL

Trailblazer Award

Bisola – Winner

Industry Merit Award

Tunde Kelani – Winner

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