YouTube Earthquake Forecaster Predicting With Shocking Accuracy
An online independent forecaster continues to make prescient predictions of future earthquakes using seismic data, Google Earth, and imaging from the recently launched GOES weather satellite.
His predictions have consistently fallen within a 70 to 80 percent accuracy range, correctly predicting the recent spate of earthquakes on the Pacific, from southern Peru to Alaska. His predictions over the next week portend earthquakes shaking locations in the Midwest and northern New York.
Using the pseudonym Dutchsinse, the forecaster’s YouTube videos provide fast-paced walkthroughs of global seismic events with uncanny accuracy. Over the past week he has correctly predicted a multitude of quakes throughout the west coast of North and South America, picking up on evidence from geophysical and tectonic activity to eruptions from volcanoes and fracking operations.
His latest video, in the wake of predicting a 7.9 magnitude in Alaska, as well as a 5.8 magnitude quake in northern California, shows two plumes of steam erupting from locations in Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. Dutchsinse points to these two spots as being isolated, arid, and desolate localities to dispel comments from detractors saying he’s just seeing weather phenomena or controlled burns from farmers.
He also notices that at one point in the day, there appears to be small eruptions of steam across the Midwest. Upon further inspection, he discovers that all of those spots were fracking and oil drilling locations, from which tectonic activity is emitting steam.
Within the next week he expects an earthquake to hit the east coast, an area that rarely sees significant seismic activity. But not to fear (hopefully), Dutchsinse thinks this quake will only be within the 3.0 magnitude range, striking near the border between Canada and northern New York. A quake of this magnitude could be felt within a roughly 100-mile radius from its epicenter.
To add to the intrigue, some have commented that his predictions, which have often trumped those of “professional” seismologists, are being suppressed on YouTube’s view counter. This, he tends to agree with, as well as an occasional off-handed, conspiratorial comment here and there.
We’ll see if his predictions continue to hold up. In the meantime, his channel is updated several times a week with more groundbreaking foresight.
Scientists Successfully Create Brain Interface That Improves Memory
Cognitive-boosting prosthetics are quickly becoming a reality as doctors are seeing success with a neural interface that improves memory function by stimulating electrodes implanted in the brain.
This “closed-loop hippocampal neural prosthesis” has moved from testing on rodents, to actual human application with positive results. The device works by sending electrical signals from an apparatus outside the body to electrodes internally connected to the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped part of the brain that plays a major role in memory.
Researchers involved in the program describe their approach as aiming to use patient’s own neural codes for memory through a closed-loop system in which electrical signals are exchanged instantaneously.
Patients using the system showed a 37 percent improvement in short term memory tests. Scientists were even more surprised to find that long-term memory of 30 to 60 minute intervals had also improved by a similar 35 percent.
But these electrical zaps weren’t just random stimulation. Researchers carefully recorded where and when specific regions of the patients’ brains reacted when performing tasks involving the use of memory, and carefully tailored electrical pulses to induce a similar response.
The team originally tested their method on brain tissue, before moving on to rodents, and then monkeys. Now, with their success in humans, they will continue to develop the technology in hopes of someday having a fully implantable apparatus to boost cognitive function.
One of the members of the team touted memory as being part and parcel of one’s personality. Our collection of memories in life certainly play an important role in individuality allowing us to recall experiences that shape our lives.
The team hopes this technology could one day help restore memory function to those affected by drugs, disease, and brain injury.
Their success in memory enhancement comes at a time when interest in cognitive boosting technology is piquing. A number of scientists have been working on mapping out the brains’ neurological connections in hope of developing computer-brain interfaces for superhuman neurological function.
Elon Musk is currently invested in a project called Neuralink, a neural mesh laid over the brain, merging AI with human cognition. Musk says the concept would ideally improve the speed of connection between the brain and one’s digital self, focusing particularly on output.
With the recent success of this closed-loop hippocampal prosthesis, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to expect some investment from Silicon Valley in the future.