Cabinet gives nod to private management of six more airports
ize the model for better air connectivity elsewhere in the country, the government said. It hopes the move will bring more foreign investment into airport infrastructure. However, it is not immediately clear whether the private players in the six airports that are to be jointly managed will get land parcels for real estate development beyond aviation requirements. The government also set up an empowered committee of secretaries to oversee the process.
“Roping in a private player for developing airport infrastructure will certainly bring more efficiency in managing the needs of a fast expanding aviation market,” said Kinjal Shah, vice president, corporate ratings, at rating agency
If you have watched Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet get their memories of each other erased in the 2004 sci-fi movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, only to ironically fall in love with each other again, or the Netflix anthology series Black Mirror, you may have asked yourself whether today’s technology is advanced enough to manipulate the human brain and even alter memories.
The answer is yes. More than five years back, neuroscientists at the Riken-mit Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute The estimated number of neurons in the brain. Synapses permit neurons to exchange electrical and chemical signals The estimated memory capacity of the brain
Researchers at Binghamton University are working on a project that will probe security vulnerabilities of brainprint (analysing readings of how the brain reacts to certain words or
of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that they could plant false memories in the brains of mice. While painful memories could be erased with this technology, unscrupulous people
Us-based Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to develop an implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the brain and the digital world
could use it to implant false memories and brainwash a whole population.
Even as advancements in technology such as braincomputer interfaces and sen-
sor-lined caps with neural interface software could soon be used by brain researchers to control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars, cyberattackers may be able to exploit memory implants to steal, spy on, alter or control human memories. And while the most radical threats are several decades away, the essential technology already exists in the form of implantable deep brain stimulation devices, according to a 1 November report by researchers from Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group.
As scientists learn how memories are created in the brain and can be targeted, restored and enhanced using such implantable devices, they simultaneously caution that vulnerabilities exist in the connected software and hardware and “these need to be addressed if we are to be ready for the threats that lie ahead”.
Known as implantable pulse generators or neurostimulators, these contraptions send electrical impulses to specific targets in the brain to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, major
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.