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When machines take over: Our hyperconnected world

When machines take over: Our hyperconnected world | HET | Scoop.it
The new Davos buzzword? Hyperconnectivity. Our lives are becoming even more intertwined with devices.
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I, Frankenstein

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"It’s as though they are performing a kind of grim parody of living things, an unsettling approximation of the movement and bearing of flesh-and-blood animals."

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Wearable device punishes inactivity

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Wearable device punishes inactivity
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It consists of a set of wearable devices that strap to the body to sense how active the wearer is.
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NASA JSC Unveils 'Valkyrie' DRC Robot

NASA JSC Unveils 'Valkyrie' DRC Robot | HET | Scoop.it
When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings that gave us a good idea of the robots that they were working on.
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Soldier moves bionic arm by thoughts

Soldier moves bionic arm by thoughts | HET | Scoop.it

A soldier injured in battle said he is determined to make a success of his new life with a bionic arm he can control with his thoughts.


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Dad 3-D Prints Prosthetic Hand For Son, Etc.

Dad 3-D Prints Prosthetic Hand For Son, Etc. | HET | Scoop.it
It’s been a bad month for the Luddites. It’s been a good month for the Cyborgs. In fact, if you’re keeping score at home, the actual tally of this week’s games is: Cyborgs: 2;  Luddites: 0.
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Smart wig takes wearable computers too far?

Smart wig takes wearable computers too far? | HET | Scoop.it
A cyber hairpiece could permanently plug us in to a world of distraction and make us look ridiculous at the same time.
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Every step you take

Every step you take | HET | Scoop.it
As cameras become ubiquitous and able to identify people, more safeguards on privacy will be needed
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Wait till they're in our bodies....

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Sony's SmartWig patent is a real head-scratcher

Sony's SmartWig patent is a real head-scratcher | HET | Scoop.it

Most large tech companies are either making wearable devices, or at least showing an interest in them. Sony's got a smartwatch, sure, but it's bored...

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Computer learns to identify image objects

Computer learns to identify image objects | HET | Scoop.it

A university computer has been searching the Internet 24 hours a day for images and doing its best to understand them on its own, researchers say.

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Breakthrough allows scientists to watch how molecules morph into memories (w/ video)

Breakthrough allows scientists to watch how molecules morph into memories (w/ video) | HET | Scoop.it
In two studies in the January 24 issue of Science, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University used advanced imaging techniques to provide a window into how the brain makes memories.
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Challenges of developing human-like robots

Challenges of developing human-like robots | HET | Scoop.it

"The PBS NewsHour in the U.S. aired two presence-related reports on January 2, 2014."

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First WordPress Plugin for Google Glass

First WordPress Plugin for Google Glass | HET | Scoop.it
Google Glass is one of the trendiest technologies out there right now, but it’s hard to tell who it’s actually useful for.
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Rise of the Body Hackers: Wearable Web

Rise of the Body Hackers: Wearable Web | HET | Scoop.it
It's only a matter of time before the body hackers make their way - literally - into your life.

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"While many body hackers embrace implants that enhance seemingly minor aspects of their everyday lives, concerns about magnifying intelligence, improving physiology and extending life are at the core of both professional and amateur practices," says Clare Acheson at Stylus, a research and advisory firm who produced a report earlier this year entitled Technological Body Modification: The Search for Singularity.

 

The report explores transhumanism and the 'temporary cyborgs' as seen in YouTube sensation True Skin, but increasingly in real life via DIY creations like the EyeBorg prosthetic 'digital' eye and the sonar, UV, WiFi and temperature-aware Bottlenose from Grindhouse WetWare, an echolocation device that translates data into a magnetic field that interacts with a magnet implanted in a human body.

 

The result is that users feel vibrations and learn what they mean. One example given is that someone with an implant could tell via a vibration in their finger how strong a cafe's WiFi connection is as they walk by. Banal, but impressive.

 

The end-game for all this is 'singularity': a state of super-intelligence that could entail endless implants and body modifications - and the end of humanity as we know it. A long time before we get there, however, will be the embracing of wearable technology by the internet's biggest brands; Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

 

It's already possible to check-in on Facebook by touching the side of theCookoo smartwatch, and such trickery on all kinds of gadgets is only a software release away. Expect to hear much about 'designing for context' as the mobile web moves into wearables.

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Redefining The Singularity

Redefining The Singularity | HET | Scoop.it

The technological singularity has quickly become one of the most controversial concepts. It represents a theoretical future period in time when superintelligence emerges through technological means.


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Scientists create swimmer cyborg sperm

Scientists create swimmer cyborg sperm | HET | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden, Germany, have created "the first sperm-based biobots"—a cybernetic microorganism made of metal and a bull's...

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Camera Uses Your Brainwaves To Snap Pics

Camera Uses Your Brainwaves To Snap Pics | HET | Scoop.it
Neurocam is a clever idea wrapped in the weirdest wearable-tech product design possible.
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Biological Intelligence is a fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe

Biological Intelligence is a fleeting Phase in the Evolution of the Universe | HET | Scoop.it

Several leading scientists are asking: Is the human species entering a new evolutionary, post-biological inflection point?

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New Program to Increase Understanding of How the Human Brain Interprets Concepts

New Program to Increase Understanding of How the Human Brain Interprets Concepts | HET | Scoop.it
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'Privacy Glasses' protect your identity and your image

'Privacy Glasses' protect your identity and your image | HET | Scoop.it
Protecting your privacy can be a difficult task in today’s world of information technology. With surveillance cameras on every corner…
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'Cognitive systems' to "usher in a new era"

'Cognitive systems' to "usher in a new era" | HET | Scoop.it

“What we think of this event as is a kind of open parenthesis on the cognitive computing era,” Michael Karasick, IBM VP and head of the Almaden Research Center. “

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Voice recognition device understands you better than humans

Voice recognition device understands you better than humans | HET | Scoop.it

Fluential claims to have devoted more than 85 "man years" of research to besting Siri. Today the company announced the close of $8 million in angel funding.

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