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Tools we used to amplify our mind and cognition.
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Geographic Information Systems Help Scholars See History

Geographic Information Systems Help Scholars See History | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Many-layered mapmaking, an emerging area of “spatial humanities,” is helping scholars recreate vanished landscapes and envision history as it really happened.
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Augmented Reality and Mobile Learning

Augmented Reality and Mobile Learning | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Every day, you walk down the same street. You walk past the buildings, see the crowds and yawn. But on this day, you decide to use your smartphone and look down on the screen. At that moment, you see animation, tweets from people in the area, and you can respond. Interactivity meets reality. Social meets real time visibility. Engagement, enlightenment and excitement in an instance.

You wonder to yourself, can this work in the e-learning world? Specifically, m-learning? Can an app for the smartphone superimpose learning in a location or locations? Would it be possible to create a 3D environment in a real environment with people interacting? If yes, what would it be called?
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Mobile Learning: Are We On the Cusp of Something Big?

Mobile Learning: Are We On the Cusp of Something Big? | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
One of the most exciting things about living in the digital age is witnessing huge cultural changes occur in real time.
We’re at just that point now with mobile learning. Whether it’s on an e-reader, a tablet, or a cell phone, there’s great excitement — though not a lot of research yet — around the potential of how these devices can strengthen learning.
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The Emerging World of ECoG Neuroprosthetics

The Emerging World of ECoG Neuroprosthetics | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
The notion that a computer can decode brain signals to infer the intentions of a human and then enact those intentions directly through a machine is becoming a realistic technical possibility. These types of devices are known as brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). In the near term, the evolution of these neuroprosthetic technologies could have significant implications for patients with motor disabilities by enhancing their ability to interact and communicate with their environment. Further into the future, these approaches could substantially alter how humans and machines interact. This talk will review the cortical signals, technical approaches, and current barriers to bringing BCIs to real world application and projecting their future implications on a broader social scale.
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The Hacking of Human 2.0

With each passing year, the ability to alter our minds and bodies through technology grows. Advances in biotechnology, neuroengineering, robotics and myriad other fields are steadily changing the human condition. Many of these changes will be for the better, but there will be a downside too. In the course of augmenting our physical and mental abilities, we’re also introducing new vulnerabilities, opening ourselves up to invasive attacks that could threaten our finances, our identities, even our lives. In short, we’re quickly approaching a time when we’ll have to protect against the hacking of Human 2.0.
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Is Scanning and Situational Awareness a cure for Multitasking Drift?

If you are like me, you interact with a flood of information, online networks, and people everyday. To handle it all, we multitask. Unfortunately, it's easy to get off track or drift off course while multi-tasking.
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On Building An Information Ecosystem

With such a fast moving target, how do you apply and adapt an approach which allows you to experiment with new platforms, while staying true to those that have stood the test of time for you and your business? It’s not an easy thing to try something new. Especially if there’s an investment involved and the results are unproven. Many in the social media space in particular are struggling to justify the investment over the return, from not only a data perspective, but also from an actual business one. Some align themselves with its brand power, some with a shift in ad dollar effectiveness, some in terms of new relationships grown. There’s some big numbers.
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Second Life Avatars Controlled Via Brain-computer Interface

Second Life Avatars Controlled Via Brain-computer Interface | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
We have seen that BCI technology can be effectively used as a complete or partial thought-control method for various devices and applications so we are not surprised that even Second Life users are able to navigate with their mind in the virtual world.
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#DIY #Transhuman Tech #Hplus

#DIY #Transhuman Tech #Hplus | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
This talk will cover the prospects of do-it-yourself transhumanism, do-it-yourself garage biotech and engineering. These topics and more will be explored within the context of open source technology and licensing. In addition, progress on open source DIY lab-on-a-chip devices will be exhibited.
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The Limits of Intelligence

The Limits of Intelligence | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
The laws of physics may well prevent the human brain from evolving into an ever more powerful thinking machine (The limits of human intelligence can potentially be overcome by collective effort )
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Augmented-reality mood-detection goggles: "a primer in the law of unintended consequences"

Augmented-reality mood-detection goggles: "a primer in the law of unintended consequences" | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Sally from New Scientist writes, "The first few months after I moved to London from New York were like a Henry James novel of social horrors. Cultural differences that had seemed so subtle from across the Atlantic were staggering up close. I couldn't go five minutes without committing some disastrous social gaffe. Why did my conversations always end in mortified silence? What was I doing wrong? Why wouldn't anyone help me? Naturally, as a tech journalist, I started looking for technologies that would solve my problem. The good news is that these do exist--augmented reality applications are coming that can help you decipher the emotional cues of the people you're talking to. The bad news is that when this stuff gets rolled out in the workplace--which it now is--unintentional oversharing might the problem worse. This technology will be a primer in the law of unintended consequences."
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Robert Scoble On Online Curation interviewed by Howard Rheingold

Robert Scoble On Online Curation interviewed by Howard Rheingold | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Increasingly, curation is becoming an important participation/collaboration skill for digital citizens.
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Anarchy and Social Media

Anarchy and Social Media | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Some people are struggling to recognizing the great importance of anarchy to social media and crowdsourcing. Unfortunately, these folks have been influenced by government propaganda that anarchy is intrinsically wrong. They have been brainwashed to believe that larger and larger government is the only solution and way forward.

They are influenced by media pictures of layabouts heaving trash cans through swanky department store plate glass windows in Vancouver and London. These are not anarchists or legitimate protesters – they are spoiled brats from wealthy families. They are also very useful to government and ‘ad council’ sponsored Madison Avenue executives that perpetuate the myth of ever-expanding government institutions and its growing requirement in everyday life.

Well, it is time for people to turn to the dictionary. Anarchy: the absence of direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society -- an - without; archy - govt/leader.
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South Korean schools move to ditch paper textbooks in favour of tablets

South Korean schools move to ditch paper textbooks in favour of tablets | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Part of $2-billion investment will go towards creating a vast digital scholastic network (South Korea schools ditch paper for tablets.)...
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First artificial neural network created out of DNA: Molecular soup exhibits brainlike behavior

First artificial neural network created out of DNA: Molecular soup exhibits brainlike behavior | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence has been the inspiration for countless books and movies, as well as the aspiration of countless scientists and engineers. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have now taken a major step toward creating artificial intelligence -- not in a robot or a silicon chip, but in a test tube. The researchers are the first to have made an artificial neural network out of DNA, creating a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete patterns, just as a brain can.
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Transhumanism and Spirituality

Transhumanism and Spirituality | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Transhumanism is the quest to transcend the current limitations of the human body (and the physical world in general) by transforming it through technology. Some of the transformative methods involve gene therapy, nanotechnology, cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Brain-Machine Interface (BMi) technology. It is the hope of transhumanists that these technologies, among others, will allow those who embrace it to augment our own intelligence, cure genetic diseases and repair damaged DNA, enhance our athletic abilities, operate computers and communication devices through thought alone, to gain immortality through continuation of consciousness, to exist in a disembodied state as a self-conscious software agent, to change bodies like we change clothing and to teleport our consciousness to any location in time and space. Many of these goals intersect with those of several religious and spiritual traditions. There are many individuals who believe that Transhumanism is a valid path to achieving their spiritual goals. This page will explore the ways in which these technologies interact with spiritual pursuits.
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The Internet Is Making us "Superhuman"

The Internet Is Making us "Superhuman" | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
According to a study done by Science Express reliable and constant access to online information is affecting how we use our memory. Instead of remembering facts ourselves we remember where we can find those facts.

This phenomenon was observed even before the age of the internet when people operating in groups know that they can get some information they need from specific persons in that group (someone that may be an expert on a given field). Instead of bothering to remember said information, they just remember the person from which they can get it. This is referred to as “Transactive Memory”.
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MindMeld

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Check out the book MindMeld, a framework that captures the collective intelligence for innovative delivery.
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Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction

Welcome to a new type of encyclopedia! It's free, it includes videos, commentaries, and lots more. All chapters are written by leading figures within each subject. As such, it's different from the Wikipedia.
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» Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops for behavioral change

» Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops for behavioral change | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Technology turns an age-old concept into an exciting new strategy for encouraging better behavior. (Awesome article on feedback loops for behavioral change. Cybernetics FTW!
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The Seven Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

The Seven Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Sometimes teachers and administrators need a kick in the pants to see what they perceive as problems re-framed in a different way. Adam S. Bellow, author of The Tech Commandments, and founder of eduTecher, spoke to a roomful of receptive teachers at the recent ISTE 2011 conference, and demonstrated some of the ironies and contradictions the education system is mired in. And he had some advice.

1) DON’T TRAP TECHNOLOGY IN A ROOM.

3) MOBILE TECHNOLOGY STRETCHES A LONG WAY.

4) THE NEW ‘F WORD’ IS FEAR.

5) TECH TOOLS ARE NOT JUST A PASSING FAD.

6) MONEY IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

7) INVITE EVERY STAKEHOLDER TO THE CONVERSATION.
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Control your home with thought alone - tech - 05 July 2011 - New Scientist

Control your home with thought alone - tech - 05 July 2011 - New Scientist | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Two friends meet in a bar in the online environment Second Life to chat about their latest tweets and favourite TV shows. Nothing unusual in that - except that both of them have Lou Gehrig's disease, otherwise known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and it has left them so severely paralysed that they can only move their eyes.

These Second Lifers are just two of more than 50 severely disabled people who have been trying out a sophisticated new brain-computer interface (BCI). Second Life has been controlled using BCIs before, but only to a very rudimentary level. The new interface, developed by medical engineering company G.Tec of Schiedlberg, Austria, lets users freely explore Second Life's virtual world and control their avatar within it.

It can be used to give people control over their real-world environment too: opening and closing doors, controlling the TV, lights, thermostat and intercom, answering the phone, or even publishing Twitter posts.
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Bionic glasses for poor vision

Bionic glasses for poor vision | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
A set of glasses packed with technology normally seen in smartphones and games consoles is the main draw at one of the featured stands at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

But the exhibit isn’t about the latest gadget must-have, it’s all about aiding those with poor vision and giving them greater independence.

‘We want to be able to enhance vision in those who’ve lost it or who have little left or almost none,’ explains Dr Stephen Hicks of the Department of Clinical Neurology at Oxford University. ‘The glasses should allow people to be more independent – finding their own directions and signposts, and spotting warning signals,’ he says.
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Clay Shirky on information overload versus filter failure

This Clay Shirky talk from Web 2.0 Expo NY ("It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure") challenges the idea that we've got information overload problems (we've had more books than any human could read for hundreds of years), what we have is a series of filter failures, as our systems for managing information abundance are swamped by the growth of information.
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Our Living Myth: Collective Intelligence yields Collective Action

Our Living Myth: Collective Intelligence yields Collective Action | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
A COLLECTIVE REALIZATION: Humanity is collectively facing James Hillman’s dilemma in The Soul’s Code, where he says, “I can no longer be sure whether the psyche is in me or whether I’m in the psyche…” The national and personal borders that were so vital to identity are increasingly tested by swiftly advancing uncertainties. At the core is a mass realization by a culture engrossed in materialistic pursuit that perhaps, just maybe, something more is afoot.

The most popular films and books are stories centered around beings that have entered human experience from another realm. One only need look at the highest grossing films and bestseller lists to see that humanity yearns to be in touch with powers known by our forebears. Individuals want the pinnacle of Maslow’s pyramid and want it now. Our passage collectively will be via an alchemical and very hot journey, characterized by every emotion and, hopefully, resulting in a catharsis that leaves a handful of enlightened forefathers for successive generations. We will not fly to other galaxies until we plumb the very depths of our own collective memory and discover the wealth of psychological wisdom there.

So we are engaged in some collective projects now:

PROJECT #1: NO BORDERS – HUMANITY MIXES TOGETHER FULLY.

PROJECT #2: A GLOBAL MEDIUM & DELIVERY PLATFORM FOR ALL.

PROJECT #3: SUBMARINES INTO THE INTERIOR OF THE COLLECTIVE PSYCHE.
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