A study showed people with schizophrenia can reduce the voices in their heads by standing up to avatars, designed to look and sound like their voices, with the support of therapists. Compared to the control group who received counseling, the group receiving avatar therapy felt less overall distress from their voices, and more of them stopped hearing voices altogether within a shorter time period.
[Digest: Forbes; Box Office Mojo; The Guardian] As expected, Star Wars: The Force Awakens blasted its way past its box office competition at hyperspeed, holding the top spot with an estimated $238 million in weekend ticket sales. The film vaporized a multitude of records set by previous box office juggernauts, including Harry Potter and the … Continued
This is the first in a series about using technology to overcome the most primal challenges to humanity: disease, aging, and death. In 2011, Russian multi-billionaire Dmitry Itskov founded the 2045 Initiative, a nonprofit research-supporting organization focused on the goal of “indefinite life extension”– that is, allowing people to live as long as they choose … Continued