Computational creativity and the future of AI

Lakshmi Sandhana

Lakshmi Sandhana
When Lakshmi first encountered pig's wings in a petri dish, she realized that writing about scientists and imagineers was the perfect way to live in an expanding mind bubble. Articles for Wired, BBC Online, New Scientist, The Economist and Fast Company soon followed. She's currently pursuing her dream of traveling from country to country to not only ferret out cool stories but also indulge outrageously in local street foods. When not working, you'll find her either buried nose deep in a fantasy novel or trying her hand at improvisational comedy.
Top Articles by Lakshmi Sandhana
  • Top 10 coolest high tech toys for kids

    Christmas is around the corner and the hunt for the best kids toys out there has never been more exciting. With iPhone controlled toys, smart toys and customizable robots, the latest breed of high-tech toys have a lot to offer. Check out Gizmag's top...

  • Scientists make "Impossible Material" ... by accident

    Scientists have accidentally created a new material thought for more than 100 years to be impossible. A single gram of Upsalite has a surface area of 800 sq m, equivalent to the sail of a megayacht.

  • Synchronized virtual reality heartbeat triggers out-of-body experiences

    New research demonstrates that it could be easy to trick the mind and trigger an out-of-body experience by getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected on to it. The findings could lead to new treatments for people w...

  • Scientists turn table salt into forbidden compounds that violate textbook rules

    Scientists have synthesized "forbidden" exotic new materials out of ordinary table salt. The research is expected to spark a new chapter in chemistry and lead to the discovery of completely new chemical compounds with unusual properties that also hav...

  • Aero-X hoverbike set to take off in 2017

    That most long-awaited form of transport may finally be arriving with California-based Aerofex announcing that it'll be launching its Aero-X hoverbike in 2017 at an estimated price of US,000 (+CPI).

The Venturi Antarctica is a joystick controlled, completely electric vehicle designed to t...

The Venturi Antarctica, a prototype electric vehicle designed to tackle the harsh climes of Antarctica recently completed its first test drive in the Southern Alps of Europe. Manufactured by Venturi Automobiles, the joystick-controlled prototype seats five and can reach a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) on snow tracks and 45 km/h (27 mph) on wheels. When fully developed, the electric vehicle will allow scientists to drive to research sites without any risk of contaminating the samples to be collected.  Read More

The mini-lungs could be used to test the  effectiveness of potential new drugs (Photo: Nic...

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have grown functional "mini-lungs" using stems cells derived from the skin cells of patients with a debilitating lung disease. Not only can the development help them in coming up with effective treatments for specific lung diseases like cystic fibrosis, but the process has the potential to be scaled up to screen thousands of new compounds to identify potential new drugs.  Read More

The 'bionic reconstruction' procedure involves reading electrical activity from transplant...

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna have developed a technique that allows amputees to control a robotic prosthesis with their mind when there's no neural connection left to exploit between the brain and the part of the hand that remains. Called "bionic reconstruction," the procedure was applied to three patients who were able to successfully use the prosthesis to undertake routine activities, thereby improving their quality of life.  Read More

SEnS is a soft exoskeleton that's targeted towards improving sensorimotor performance by r...

Scientists have created an exoskeleton without any electronic motors, heavy batteries and pneumatic actuators called the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS). The soft upper body vest is made out of flexible fabrics and enhances sensorimotor functions by reducing the load on muscles in the upper limbs.  Read More

A woman's severed head awaits a new body, in the 1962 film The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Transplanting a human head onto a donor body may sound like the stuff of science fiction comics, but not to Italian doctor Sergio Canavero. He has not only published a paper describing the operation in detail, but also believes that the surgery could be a reality as early as 2017.  Read More

An injection given to a mouse's thigh muscles, indicated by the spot, caused the muscles t...

The future of weight loss could look like this. Inject your muscles with a compound that helps them burn more calories than usual and then do your daily chores to shed those extra pounds. That's the vision of a team of scientists who are working on a muscle-targeted injection therapy to help overweight people lose weight easily, even with low to moderate exercise.  Read More

Polymer-based soft robotic grippers can perform biopsies and deliver drugs to previously i...

Creating swarms of soft, robotic hands that can safely dissolve within a living body once they've performed surgical procedures or delivered drugs just got a step closer thanks to work done by John Hopkins University scientists. They've created minute biodegradable microgrippers by adding stiff polymers containing magnetic nanoparticles to soft hydrogels, allowing them be magnetically guided to any location in the body.  Read More

Pixie Points attach to everyday objects allowing them to be located using an augmented rea...

Pixie Points are new location trackers that use your smartphone's camera to locate tagged objects in an actual picture of your surroundings. The system is claimed capable of tracking down "pixified" objects, which are marked with a bold X, to within a few inches of their location.  Read More

The 3D-printed cool brick can hold water in its pores, like a sponge (Photo: Emerging Obje...

Neat design can sometimes address complex issues such as passively cooling homes in eco-friendly ways. We've seen designers use the presence of swimming pools or take advantage of prevailing winds to help passively cool homes. But what if every brick used to build a house could cool it down? Design studio Emerging Objects has come out with 3D-printed porous bricks called Cool Bricks that can be filled with water to bring down temperatures.  Read More

3D-printed scales introduced onto a soft substrate cause the material to become tougher  (...

We've seen scientists examine everything from the structure of sea sponges to the clubbing ability of mantis shrimps in the search for next generation lightweight armor systems. Researchers at Northeastern University’s College of Engineering believe that fish scales could hold the key to creating armor that's both impervious and lightweight. They eventually aim to combine the properties of fish, snake and butterfly scales into a single protective armor system.  Read More

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