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BotX blog covers articles about exciting topics relevant to our research and vision of the project, including our latest advancements, user tutorials, and public announcements.

Brain vs. AI
Thu Nov 05 2020 | by Ivan Sivak
Like it or not, a brain is a machine. Six million potassium ions (K+) must move from inside a brain cell to outside to give the cell membrane -100 mV of potential (an equivalent of approx. 1 pico coulomb of electric charge). 86 billion neurons packed in a human skull and a vast number of other processes concerning other ions, molecules, neurotransmitters, proteins of various shapes and properties, and other cells.
Hive Mind
Mon Oct 26 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu, M.D.
Swarm behaviour, hive mind, or collective consciousness, this fascinatingly efficient way of life of small units is eye-opening. It gives the sense of just how complex a concept intelligence is. It spans beyond the individual and reaches otherwise insurmountable heights at the collective level. How may we benefit from these insights?
Tutorial: Chatbot + CRM Database + Emails
Thu Oct 22 2020 | by Ivan Sivak
This tutorial shows how to create a simple chatbot and save the visitor contact information to our built-in cloud database DCS and notify the owner of the chatbot by an email.
False memories
Mon Oct 12 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
What would you say your memory is like? A library? A file cabinet? A camera that records daily occurrences and carefully stores important things in perfect state for later use?
Microtubules
Tue Sep 15 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Cells are similar to buildings in that way. They may come in numerous shapes and sizes, fulfill very specific and complex functions, but ultimately must contain all their composing elements into some form of strong, resilient yet dynamic structural framework. The neuron is no exception.
Astrocytes
Wed Aug 19 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Astrocytes are a remarkable feature of our nervous systems – dynamic, willing to adapt to the local requirements and to perform a vast array of functions. Elucidating as much of the mystery that still seems to surround them will bring us closer to understanding the complexity of the human brain.
Video Games
Fri Aug 07 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
A 2018 study claimed that action video games have the ability to improve visual selective attention – that is, noticing the location of a moving target from a sea of visual stimuli. Researchers measured behavioral and electrophysiological changes following a 1 h League of Legends playing session.
Attention
Tue Jul 07 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
We come into contact with vast amounts of data, every object around, sounds, notifications on smartphones, everything that enters our visual field. Processing everything equally would be exhausting. Selection mechanisms help us choose what requires our focus and what can be run in the background.
Behind Hallucinations
Thu Jun 18 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Caught up in the fascination of observing hallucinations, we may forget, that they are no more than results of some intricate processes taking place in the brain. There must be a reason and a way in which they appear, an underlying mechanism, even if we haven’t quite figured it out yet.
Hallucinations
Mon Jun 01 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
we can no longer view hallucinations as just a symptom of mental illness or specific drugs. They represent a not-so-rare process that may well occur in an otherwise healthy individual under certain circumstances. Unraveling the elusive mechanism underlying this ill-perceived symptom is a major task for current neuropsychiatry.
Glutamate
Mon May 11 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Glutamate is coined as the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. If we were to sum up Glutamate and GABA, it would be fair to say that they serve as some form of balance. Equilibrium is key. Too much or too little of any of them is detrimental, which is why complicated regulation systems are required to keep them in check.
GABA
Tue Apr 28 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
GABA is the primary neurotransmitter employed by inhibitory neurons, both in the spinal cord and the brain. All in all, it is safe to say that an apparently straightforward matter, such as the supposedly well-known role GABA plays in the brain, becomes infinitely more intricate once we dissect it carefully enough.
Forgetting
Fri Apr 10 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
The ability to let go of information is, in many respects, as worthy as the ability to store it in the first place. Although it may not receive as much praise as memory, forgetting is an impressive process in itself, often necessary for our brains to function in a way we deem normal. Forgetting should not be viewed as a deficit, but rather as an ability.
Remembering
Thu Mar 26 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
Every passing moment, this one included, is nothing more than a fleeting instance of reality. We stitch together this moment with the one before it and the one before that until we create an experience. Memory does not occupy a specific location or set of neurons, but rather a specific neural circuit.
Memory
Fri Mar 06 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
We can agree as much today as ever that our outstanding problem-solving capacities are highly dependent on our ability to remember previous knowledge. The precise nature of memory, however, has been highly debated over the centuries. Where do we store our memories? What is it that makes us remember?
Language
Thu Feb 20 2020 | by Alexandra Vilceanu
We take pride in our complex language, in the nuances and subtleties it can convey, as well as in its perpetual evolution. In many ways, we use it as a measure of intelligence. One of the most complex and essential functions of modern humans, language, stays in many respects elusive to our understanding.
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