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Amber Case – “Cyborg Anthropology and the Evaporation of the Interface” | Frontiers of Interaction Conference

Amber Case – “Cyborg Anthropology and the Evaporation of the Interface” | Frontiers of Interaction Conference | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives - Trends in the Living Networks

New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives - Trends in the Living Networks | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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choreography in space

working on interactive tensegrity structures, using Kinect, Arduino and Shape Memory Alloy springs.The structure is controlled by Kinect that is monitoring the dancer's…
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IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years

IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
IBM predicts that withing five years the world will see the rise of cognitive systems -- computers that can experience the world through the five senses.

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33rd Square | Kevin Warwick Discusses Creating Intelligence From Biological Neural Networks

33rd Square | Kevin Warwick Discusses Creating Intelligence From Biological Neural Networks | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Kevin Warwick studies the relatively new area of culturing neural tissue and embodying them into robot platforms—essentially giving a robot a biological brain. This work has a potential major impact with regard to society and ethical issues.
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Organic Response

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 Organic Response is the idea of using Distributed Intelligence to control arrays of electric devices

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Free app turns Microsoft Kinect into 3D scanner « Ponoko – Blog

Free app turns Microsoft Kinect into 3D scanner « Ponoko – Blog | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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NASA’s gift to us all: the spacey, interactive ‘black marble’ app

NASA’s gift to us all: the spacey, interactive ‘black marble’ app | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
NASA gets interactive with 'black marble' app showing a nighttime view of Earth from space.
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MakerLove.com - Free Sex Toy Designs for Your 3D Printer

MakerLove.com - Free Sex Toy Designs for Your 3D Printer | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
MakerLove.com offers free sex toy designs for your 3-D printer or Maker...
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Slic3r - G-code generator for 3D printers

Slic3r - G-code generator for 3D printers | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded

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TED Blog | Parallels between our minds and networks: A Q&A with Tiffany Shlain

TED Blog | Parallels between our minds and networks: A Q&A with Tiffany Shlain | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.
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Oliver David. Thesis Special* // Universität Stuttgart

Oliver David. Thesis Special* // Universität Stuttgart | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
student: Oliver David Krieg school: the University of Stuttgart     where: Stuttgart, Germany Thesis Special* critics: Prof. Achim Menges - Institute for Computational Design Prof. Dr.-Ing.

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Transmaterial » Blog Archive » Wearable Synthesis

Transmaterial » Blog Archive » Wearable Synthesis | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it

In the spirit of this coordinated system of information, a variety of accessories, hats, and bags have also been developed as Wearable Synthesis fashion modules. Contact: Wakita Laboratory, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.


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85500 Creative Technologies Week One

85500 Creative Technologies Week One | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
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'If Facebook is a technology, and we look at skills as embedded technology within us, then you could say that we make technology that embeds ourselves with technology.

This would mean that our creations are making us cyborgs.'

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An information-processing approach to the origin of life | KurzweilAI

An information-processing approach to the origin of life | KurzweilAI | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Is life based on software and information? (Plants in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda; credit: Wikimedia Commons) A novel approach to the question of life's
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The End of the University as We Know It - Nathan Harden - The American Interest Magazine

The End of the University as We Know It - Nathan Harden - The American Interest Magazine | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The End of the University as We Know It - Nathan Harden - The American Interest - The higher ed revolution is coming.
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A Cardboard Helmet, To Go With Your Cardboard Bike : NPR

A Cardboard Helmet, To Go With Your Cardboard Bike : NPR | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Would you ride a bike while wearing a helmet made of cardboard? What if its design was inspired by nature — specifically, a woodpecker?
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Researchers discover surprising complexities in the way the brain makes mental maps

Researchers discover surprising complexities in the way the brain makes mental maps | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Researchers discover surprising complexities in the way the brain makes mental maps
Spatial location is closely connected to the formation of new memories. Until now, grid cells were thought to be...

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"Spatial location is closely connected to the formation of new memories. Until now, grid cells were thought to be part of a single unified map system. New findings from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology demonstrate that the grid system is in fact composed of a number of independent grid maps, each with unique properties. Each map displays a particular resolution (mesh size), and responds independently to changes in the environment. A system of several distinct grid maps can support a large number of unique combinatorial codes used to associate new memories formed with specific spatial information. (...)

Your brain has at least four different senses of location – and perhaps as many as 10. And each is different. (...) This independence can be used by the brain to create new combinations - many combinations - which is a very useful tool for memory formation. (...)

What makes the discovery of the grid modules so special is that it completely changes our understanding of how the brain physically organizes abstract functions. Previously, researchers have shown that brain cells in sensory systems that are directly adjacent to each other tend to have the same response pattern. This is how they have been able to create detailed maps of which parts of the sensory brain do what.

The new research shows that a modular organization is also found in the highest parts of the cortex, far away from areas devoted to senses or motor outputs. But these maps are different in the sense that they overlap or infiltrate other. It is thus not possible to locate the different modules with a microscope, because the cells that work together are intermingled with other modules in the same area.

“The various components of the grid map are not organized side by side,”  “The various components overlap. This is the first time a brain function has been shown to be organized in this way at separate scales. We have uncovered a new way for neural network function to be distributed.” (...) The researchers were surprised, however, when they started calculating the difference between the scales. They may have discovered an ingenious mathematical coding system, along with a number, a constant. (Anyone who has read or seen “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” may enjoy this.) The scale for each sense of location is actually 42% larger than the previous one. “

We may not be able to say with certainty that we have found a mathematical constant for the way the brain calculates the scales for each sense of location, but it’s very funny that we have to multiply each measurement by 1.42 to get the next one. That is approximately equal to the square root of the number two.”

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CNN tests Muse, the mind-reading headband

CNN tests Muse, the mind-reading headband | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It's the $199 headband that will allow you to control things using your mind, the makers say.

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Is the next second language JavaScript?

Is the next second language JavaScript? | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Computer programming has never been taught as a core subject in schools, but perhaps it should be.
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"Every Day Of My Life" by @marcinignac #Plask #QuantifiedSelf

"Every Day Of My Life" by @marcinignac #Plask #QuantifiedSelf | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Every Day Of My Life is a visualization of Marcin Ignac's computer usage statistics from the last 2.5 years and presented at the Click festival in...
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Choc Edge Printing Snowflake using 3D chocolate printer

Snowflake printed with dark Belgian Chocolate now available to order for Christmas 2012!
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Hearing aid message dawning of age of cyborg? - Brantford Expositor

Hearing aid message dawning of age of cyborg? - Brantford Expositor | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Hearing aid message dawning of age of cyborg?Brantford ExpositorThat's how I felt after an incident last week gave me a glimpse into my future and perhaps the future of humankind.

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Alt-Minds Minidocs 05/10: Is technology providing us with a sixth sense?

Each Friday, the Minidocs explore the reality behind Alt-Minds, the total fiction: http://alt-minds.com/Episode 05: Is technology providing us with a sixth sense?
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