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Cyborg Lives
Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 2, Episode 6, "Being a cyborg restored my humanity"

BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 2, Episode 6, "Being a cyborg restored my humanity" | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
When all the other treatments failed to help her depression Brandy turned to technology.
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Seeking Cheaper Insurance, Drivers Accept Monitoring Devices

Seeking Cheaper Insurance, Drivers Accept Monitoring Devices | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

LAST week, under my car’s dashboard, I installed a small wireless gadget that would monitor my driving. I wanted to see how it felt to have my driving behavior captured, sent to an insurance company and analyzed. More drivers, seeking discounts on auto insurance, are voluntarily doing just that.Insurers are offering these discounts as they aim to abandon the crude proxies they have long used to guess the likelihood that a particular policyholder will have an accident. These have included age, sex, marital status, miles driven (as reported by the driver) — and even credit scores, which can penalize those guilty of driving while poor.

Driving data is collected with a device that policyholders must be persuaded to install; it connects to the car’s computer system via a diagnostic port found in all cars since 1996. Such “user-based insurance,” the name for individualized pricing based on data collected from a vehicle, is spreading. Drivewise from Allstate is in 10 states; Drive Safe and Save, from State Farm, is in 16, with 11 more to be added next month; and Snapshot, from Progressive, is in 43.

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How Far Away Is Mind-Machine Integration?: Scientific American

How Far Away Is Mind-Machine Integration?: Scientific American | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Forget voice control or gesture recognition.Gadgets may soon link directly to our brains

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CogniMem demonstrates 40,000-neuron, scalable cognitive memory computing system at SC12 Conference | Embedded

CogniMem demonstrates 40,000-neuron, scalable cognitive memory computing system at SC12 Conference | Embedded | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
CogniMem Technologies Inc. has developed a greater than 40,000-neuron, scalable cognitive memory computing system based on CogniBlox, a memory-based parallel processing capability that architecturally implements how the human brain processes data.
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Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism | The Scientist Magazine®

Omega-3s: Fishing for a Mechanism | The Scientist Magazine® | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Despite abundant evidence supporting their ability to help prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the therapeutic effectiveness of fish oil–derived fatty acids remains controversial.
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Inside Ingress, Google's new augmented-reality game

Inside Ingress, Google's new augmented-reality game | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Google reveals a strange new game from its Niantic Labs project this week -- and we're among the first to play it. Read this article by Casey Newton on CNET.
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Camein.com » People-Powered Medical Devices?

Camein.com » People-Powered Medical Devices? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Medical devices seem to get smaller every year. Think of something as simple as a pacemaker or hearing aid. Like their bretheren PCs, these gadgets that help enhance and extend our lives continue to shrink.


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The itsy bitsy device that is powered by your body.

 

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Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin – in the same voice

Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin – in the same voice | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Microsoft has today posted a video, and complementary explanation of language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible.

In the video, the speaker explains ...
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War graves get smart phone codes

War graves get smart phone codes | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A war cemetery in Oxford is using mobile phone technology to give information about people buried there.

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New metric to track prosthetic arm progress (11/4/2012)

New metric to track prosthetic arm progress (11/4/2012) | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Amputees with a new prosthetic arm must learn how to use their device to perform everyday tasks that were once second nature. Taking off a shirt becomes a conscious, multistep effort: grasp the shirt, lift the shirt over the head, pull arms through the sleeves, place the shirt on the table, let go of the shirt.

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Silicon Valley Objects to Online Privacy Rule Proposals for Children

Silicon Valley Objects to Online Privacy Rule Proposals for Children | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Media and technology companies object to portions of a federal effort to strengthen online privacy protections for children.
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Heartbeat 'could power pacemaker'

Heartbeat 'could power pacemaker' | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A device which could harness energy from a beating heart can produce enough electricity to keep a pacemaker running, according to US researchers.
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Want to keep your genome safe? There's an app for that - tech - 01 November 2012 - New Scientist

Want to keep your genome safe? There's an app for that - tech - 01 November 2012 - New Scientist | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A smartphone app will let you access tailored medical services on the fly without your genome falling into the wrong hands...
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“Glad I Didn’t Have Facebook In High School!” » Cyborgology

“Glad I Didn’t Have Facebook In High School!” » Cyborgology | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

“I’m so thankful the internet was not in wide use when I was in high school”, this article begins, a common refrain among people who grew up without social media sites from Friendster to Facebook, Photobucket to Instagram. Even those using email, chatrooms, Livejournal, multiplayer games and the like did not have the full-on use-your-real-name-ultra-public Facebook-like experience.

Behind many of the “thank God I didn’t have Facebook back then!” statements is the worry that a less-refined past-self would be exposed to current, different, perhaps hipper or more professional networks. Silly music tastes, less-informed political statements, embarrassing photos of the 15-year-old you: digital dirt from long ago would threaten to debase today’s impeccably curated identity project. The discomfort of having past indiscretions in the full light of the present generates the knee-jerk thankfulness of not having high-school digital dirt to manage. The sentiment is almost common enough to be a truism within some groups, but I wonder if we should continue saying it so nonchalantly?

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HC1 wearable computer turns paramedics into cyborgs - SlashGear

HC1 wearable computer turns paramedics into cyborgs - SlashGear | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Augmented reality wearable gizmos aren't just for finding your friends and skydiving; one of the first practical uses for the Motorola Solutions HC1 has...

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A better thought-controlled computer cursor (11/20/2012)

A better thought-controlled computer cursor (11/20/2012) | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

When a paralyzed person imagines moving a limb, cells in the part of the brain that controls movement still activate as if trying to make the immobile limb work again. Despite neurological injury or disease that has severed the pathway between brain and muscle, the region where the signals originate remains intact and functional.

In recent years, neuroscientists and neuroengineers working in prosthetics have begun to develop brain-implantable sensors that can measure signals from individual neurons, and after passing those signals through a mathematical decode algorithm, can use them to control computer cursors with thoughts. The work is part of a field known as neural prosthetics.

A team of Stanford researchers have now developed an algorithm, known as ReFIT, that vastly improves the speed and accuracy of neural prosthetics that control computer cursors. The results are to be published November 18 in the journal Nature Neuroscience in a paper by Krishna Shenoy, a professor of electrical engineering, bioengineering and neurobiology at Stanford, and a team led by research associate Dr. Vikash Gilja and bioengineering doctoral candidate Paul Nuyujukian.

In side-by-side demonstrations with rhesus monkeys, cursors controlled by the ReFIT algorithm doubled the performance of existing systems and approached performance of the real arm. Better yet, more than four years after implantation, the new system is still going strong, while previous systems have seen a steady decline in performance over time.

"These findings could lead to greatly improved prosthetic system performance and robustness in paralyzed people, which we are actively pursuing as part of the FDA Phase-I BrainGate2 clinical trial here at Stanford," said Shenoy.

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Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real time

Software enables avatar to reproduce our emotions in real time | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—You move, he moves. You smile, he smiles. You get angry, he gets angry. 'He' is the avator you chose.
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Sphero’s New Augmented Reality App Allows You To Walk A Beaver Around Your House | TechCrunch

Sphero’s New Augmented Reality App Allows You To Walk A Beaver Around Your House | TechCrunch | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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Engineering Extra Senses: Technology and the Human Body | PRI's The World

Engineering Extra Senses: Technology and the Human Body | PRI's The World | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. We interact with the world and navigate through it thanks to our senses. But what if we could add to that repertoire? A British scientist and a small group of enthusiasts are exploring ways to do just that.
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Juniper Finds Augmented Reality Apps Highly Popular, Profitable | Mobile Marketing Watch

Juniper Finds Augmented Reality Apps Highly Popular, Profitable | Mobile Marketing Watch | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
There's no fantasy behind augmented reality after all, at least not in terms of the revenue generated by AR apps.
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Augmented Reality System Curbs Appetite By Making You Think You’ve Eaten Larger Portions

Augmented Reality System Curbs Appetite By Making You Think You’ve Eaten Larger Portions | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
If you’re trying to shed a few pounds but are having a hell of a time with portion control, researchers at the University of Tokyo have created ...

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New Prosthetic Hand Has Sweet Skills, Terminator Looks | Wired Science | Wired.com

New Prosthetic Hand Has Sweet Skills, Terminator Looks | Wired Science | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Nigel Ackland lost half his arm in an accident six years ago. But now he's got an advanced carbon-fiber prosthetic arm that is strong enough to grip a beer yet gentle enough to clutch an egg.
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Science Weekly podcast: Why you should never trust 'the facts'

Science Weekly podcast: Why you should never trust 'the facts' | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Mathematician Sam Arbesman discusses the slippery nature of facts and why we trust them at our peril.
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Augment Reality App Gives You the Ability to Try Before You Buy

augmented reality http://www.mobilegeeks.com Who doesn't love shopping online? But when it comes to big purchases like a couch or TV you can never really be sure how they will look in your home before you make the big commitment. Augment is looking to change that, this French startup has launched a free app for Android and iOS that lets you integrate augmented reality into any online site so that you can see how your new Ikea couch looks in your home. We also got to check out Amazon integration as well as some fun photos with characters.

If you want to check out their site vist http://augmentedev.com/home.php

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Is artificial intelligence becoming a commodity?

Is artificial intelligence becoming a commodity? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Why Siri is about to be eclipsed by the world's biggest super-computer's arrival in the cloud.
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