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Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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Retinal Implants Will Soon Fit Inside the Eye and Offer 20/20 Vision | MIT Technology Review

Retinal Implants Will Soon Fit Inside the Eye and Offer 20/20 Vision | MIT Technology Review | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A coming generation of devices promise clear, high-quality vision for the blind.

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A coming generation of retinal implants that fit entirely inside the eye will use nanoscale electronic components to dramatically improve vision quality for the wearer, according to two research teams developing such devices.

Current retinal prostheses, such as Second Sight’s Argus II, restore only limited and fuzzy vision to individuals blinded by degenerative eye disease. Wearers can typically distinguish light from dark and make out shapes and outlines of objects, but not much more.

The Argus II, the first “bionic eye” to reach commercial markets, contains an array of 60 electrodes, akin to 60 pixels, that are implanted behind the retina to stimulate the remaining healthy cells. The implant is connected to a camera, worn on the side of the head, that relays a video feed.

A similar implant, made by Bionic Vision Australia, incorporates just 24 electrodes. With so few electrodes, the amount of visual information transmitted to the brain is limited: text, for example, is difficult to read. Second Sight recently announced a method by which Argus II wearers are able to visualize Braille instead of traditional text.

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Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals – “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime”

Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals –  “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime” | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A disembodied human face hangs atop a robot chassis next to a Redmond, Oregon hospital bed (not pictured). The doctor on the screen is 20 miles distant, in Bend.
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What does it mean to be a digital native? - CNN.com

What does it mean to be a digital native? - CNN.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The war between natives and immigrants is ending. The natives have won.

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(CNN) -- The war between natives and immigrants is ending. The natives have won.

It was a bloodless conflict fought not with bullets and spears, but with iPhones and floppy disks. Now the battle between the haves and have-nots can begin.

The post-millennial "digital native," a term coined by U.S. author Marc Prensky in his 2001 study called "On the Horizon," is emerging as the globe's dominant demographic, while the "digital immigrant," becomes a relic of a previous time.

The digital native-immigrant concept describes the generational switchover where people are defined by the technological culture which they're familiar with.

Prensky defines digital natives as those born into an innate "new culture" while the digital immigrants are old-world settlers, who have lived in the analogue age and immigrated to the digital world.

Although not Luddites, the immigrants struggle more than natives to adapt to hi-tech progress.

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Will augmented reality be the next digital battlefield? : Postnoon

Will augmented reality be the next digital battlefield? : Postnoon | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

On Monday, Microsoft was given a patent on ‘augmented reality’ (AR) glasses that would enhance sports and other live events with streams of information beamed directly in front of the user — even including action replays and lyrics of songs. Google’s Glass Project is already active in this sphere. But what is AR, and will it be the next digital battlefield? We take a look.

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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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Four Perspectives On Augmented Reality And Its Future | TechCrunch

Four Perspectives On Augmented Reality And Its Future | TechCrunch | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Augmented reality (AR) -- the term does not exactly jump off the tongue. But the concepts behind the technology are beginning to change what we think of ourselves, objects and the people in the world that surrounds us...
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A future full of robots

A future full of robots | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Would it be possible to integrate biological components with advanced robotics, using biological cells to do machine-like functions and interface with an electronic nervous system — in effect, creating an autonomous, multi-cellular biohybrid robot?

Researchers Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University think so, and they’ve developed an interface to allow communication between the biological and electronic components*, described in an open-access article in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics journal.

One of the major challenges in developing biohybrid devices is in the interface between biological and electronic components. Most cellular signals are simply not compatible with electronics.

However, manipulation of signal transduction pathways is one way to interface cells with electronics. So the researchers genetically engineered protein cells from a Chinese hamster ovary to produce nitric oxide (NO) in response to visible light. Here’s how:

1. They genetically engineered the nitric oxide synthase protein eNOS by inserting a light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domain into the gene. This created a photoactive version of the eNOS protein that could produce NO in response to excitation by visible light.

2. They attached these mutant cells to a nickel tetrasulfonated
phthalocyanine (NiTSPc)-modified platinum electrode that detected the NO and converted it into an electrical signal.

In summary: they converted an optical signal into a chemical signal (NO), and converted the chemical signal into an electrical signal. This signal could, in turn, be used to control a robot.

Unlike solid-state photodetectors, the cells have the ability to self-reproduce and the potential to combine input signals to perform computation. With rapid advances in synthetic biology, manipulation of metabolic pathways to integrate with machinery will some day allow the development of advanced robotics, the researchers suggest.

 

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Cars turn to augmented reality-windscreens into giant computer displays that overlay the real world with useful information

Cars turn to augmented reality-windscreens into giant computer displays that overlay the real world with useful information | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Car firms hope to turn windscreens into giant computer displays that overlay the real world with useful information, such as directions or even social media feeds.The dangers of talking on a mobile phone or texting whilst driving are well known. So adding what, on first glance, look like added distractions may not seem like the best idea.

But researchers and car firms are increasingly looking to give drivers enhanced, or augmented reality (AR) that adds extra information ranging from directions to social media feeds to the view through the windscreen. And, perhaps the most unintuitive part of it is that it is designed to make the roads more secure for all of us.

“The biggest way augmented reality can be useful is in supporting safe driving,” says Professor Anind Dey, of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “The ability to enhance information around us that might otherwise be opaque to us is invaluable.”

AR is usually considered to be a live view of the real world, onto which extra data – usually pulled from the internet - is layered or superimposed. It is similar to the view of the world that Arnold Schwarzenegger had in the Terminator movies.

The technology is already well established elsewhere. For example, there are numerous smartphone apps that allow users to overlay the view from their camera with everything from directions and transport options to restaurant reviews and house prices. Point your phone at something of interest, power up your app and you are away.

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For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion-Koichi Wakata will have a humanoid pal to keep him company in space.

For Lonely Astronauts, a Robotic Companion-Koichi Wakata will have a humanoid pal to keep him company in space. | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Koichi Wakata will have a humanoid pal to keep him company for the six months he'll be spending on the International Space Station.

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You know the only thing lonelier than Sgt. Pepper's Hearts Club Band, and the Heartbreak Hotel, and the number one? Being alone and also not on Earth. Space, for all its wonder, for all its provocations, for all its adventure, is an isolating place -- which is why behavioral screening is part of the astronaut selection process, and also why some the most intriguing scientific experiments being conducted aboard the ISS are psychological in scope.

For Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, though, space-borne loneliness may be assuaged by a different kind of experiment. A team of researchers at Tokyo University -- along with the robot creator Tomotaka Takahashi and the ad agency Dentsu -- have been since 2011 spearheading a project to give Wakata some companionship during his upcoming stint on the International Space Station. That project? A small humanoid robot that will be sent to live with Wakata on the orbiting laboratory. The android will be 13.4 inches tall and 2.2 pounds. It will arrive at the ISS next summer, a few months ahead of Wakata's own arrival. Its name is still to be determined -- by a public contest -- but it will look, per a sketch released yesterday, something like this:

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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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