Brain-Inspired AI, the Math of Cities, and Neuron Complexity: Lux Recommends #295

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #295, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

A new gene-delivery vehicle could make gene therapy for muscle diseases safer and more effective: “Researchers have engineered a gene-shuttling virus used in gene therapy to better target muscle tissue at lower doses.” — Adam G

Brain-Inspired AI Will Enable Future Medical Implants: “Biocompatible AI could one day monitor body’s electrical signals in real time” — Deena

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron? ”Scientists taught an artificial neural network to imitate a biological neuron. The result offers a new way to think about the complexity of brain cells.” — Sam

Circadian Rhythm and Asthma: “Study uncovers key role for biological clock” — Adam G

Better eats: “The kitchen of 2020 looks mostly the same as that of 1960. But what we do in it has changed dramatically, almost entirely for the better — due to a culture of culinary innovation.” — Sam

A 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000 — friend of Lux Guy Perelmuter

The Story Of The Max Headroom Incident, America’s Creepiest Unsolved TV Hack: “During the Max Headroom hack of 1987, Chicago television stations were overtaken by a masked man who continues to baffle authorities to this day.” — Adam K

One Woman’s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia: “Ksenia Coffman’s fellow editors have called her a vandal and a McCarthyist. She just wants them to stop glorifying fascists — and start citing better sources.” — Sam

‘Ghost’ DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human OriginsAdam K

Single Cell Sequencing (talk)Adam G

Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement in Cities around the World: “A new model could help model disease transmission and urban planning” — Sam

The Chair: “At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the dizzying demands and high expectations of a failing English department.” — friend of Lux Guy Perelmuter

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