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Mind Technologies, Inc. Files Patent for Advanced EEG Technology

Mind Technologies has paid for and filed a comprehensive patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office relating to the new design and function of the Company's advanced EEG headset technology. The technology being developed is smaller, lighter, and designed with the end user in mind. The proprietary EEG headset will operate the Company's thought controlled software applications and is expected to be the premier platform for the brain computer interface (BCI) market.
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The Illusion of Control in a Intelligence Amplification Singularity

From what I understand, we’re currently at a point in history where the importance of getting the Singularity right pretty much outweighs all other concerns, particularly because a negative Singularity is one of the existential threats which could wipe out all of humanity rather than “just” billions. The Singularity is the most extreme power discontinuity in history. A probable “winner takes all” effect means that after a hard takeoff (quick bootstrapping to superintelligence), humanity could be at the mercy of an unpleasant dictator or human-indifferent optimization process for eternity.

The idea of a human-sparked Singularity, however, brings about a number of problems. Foremost is the concern that the “Maximillian” and his or her friends or relatives would exert unfair control over the Singularity process and its outcome, perhaps benefiting themselves at the expense of others. The Maximillian and his family might radically improve their intelligence while neglecting the improvement of their morality.

One might assume that greater intelligence, as engineered through WBE (whole brain emulation) or BCI (brain-computer interfacing), necessarily leads to better morality, but this is not the case. Anecdotal experience with humans shows us that humans which gain more information do not necessarily become more benevolent. In some cases, like with Stalin, more information only increases the effect of paranoia and the need for control.
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MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

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The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence brings together faculty from across MIT to conduct research on how new communications technologies are changing they way people work together.
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ShowMe - The Interactive Learning Community

ShowMe - The Interactive Learning Community | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
ShowMe is an open learning community where anyone can learn and teach any topic. Our iPad app lets you easily create and share video lessons.
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Patrick, the First Patient to Change His Real Hand to a Bionic Replacement

Patrick, the First Patient to Change His Real Hand to a Bionic Replacement | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
In 2010 a 24-year-old Austrian named Patrick was the first patient in the world to choose to have his hand amputated, again by Professor Aszmann, and a bionic replacement fitted.
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Mind Typing and PC Control with Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

Mind Typing and PC Control with Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
This demonstrates the Tilvus Assistive Interface using a brain-computer interface (BCI) switch. It enables people with severe physical impairments or disabilities to use a computer, enter text, and speak. The Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset is being used with their software's "Cognitiv Suite" to read brain waves as input for Tilvus. PhraseWeaver predictive text entry and the Coaster Cursor are demonstrated. A pre-release (beta) version of the Tilvus software is being used.

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Infotention Part Two

Infotention Part Two | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
In Infotention Part One, Howard Rheingold introduced dashboards, radars, and filters as means for balancing need-to-know with protection against information overload. In this video, the second in the series, Howard shows how to build an information dashboard using an RSS reader. In this case, concentrating on Netvibes.
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Infotention 3: Building Information Dashboards, Radars, Filters

Infotention 3: Building Information Dashboards, Radars, Filters | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
The third of three screencasts on building information dashboards, radars, and filters, using RSS, persistent search, social bookmarking, engagement analysis, and Yahoo Pipes
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Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning : NPR

Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning : NPR | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
In an era of budget cuts, some schools are trying blended learning — where students in a class are divided into groups and then they split time between computer lessons and instruction with a teacher.
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The Top 10 Search Engines for Students

Find the most relevant search results for your students with these great search engines for education users. They are fast, innovative, and deliver the safest and most relevant search results for use at home or in the classroom.
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Body and Brain Connection - Xbox.com

Body and Brain Connection - Xbox.com | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Introducing a new way to work your brain by using your body! Recent studies have shown that moving your body works your brain, more than regular brain exercises alone!
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Man Controls Robotic Hand with Mind

Man Controls Robotic Hand with Mind | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
For a month, Pierpaolo Petruzziello's amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him to feel sensations and control the arm with his thoughts. R...
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alpinedigital's comment, June 22, 2011 1:17 PM
Pretty good... I wrote a book with a spinal injury incident that regained functionality of the legs using a similar method, but it was 20 yrs ago.
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Ten ways to create a knowledge ecology

A tweet yesterday prompted me to remember sage advice from Dave Snowden which I took to heart in my work with social tools at the BBC. "You can't manage knowledge but you can create a knowledge ecology". I thought it might be useful to others to list the ten most important things I learned about doing this.

1, Have a variety of tools rather than a single system.

2. Don't have a clear idea where you are headed.

3. Follow the energy.

4. Be strategically tactical.

5. Keep moving, stay in touch, and head for the high ground.

6. Build networks of people who care.

7. Be obsessively interested.

8. Use the tools to manage the tools.

9. Laugh when things go wrong.

10. Unleash Trojan Mice.
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Twitter and the Global Brain

STDP is a simple idea, but it has been shown to be a surprisingly powerful way that the brain uses for rapid pattern recognition and classification [1][2]. It turns out that using STDP, neurons naturally learn to specialize in detecting certain patterns in their inputs, even in the presence of lots of noise.

So what in the world does this have to do with social networks? There is an intriguing analogy between networks of neurons operating by the STDP rule and the emerging structure and functioning of real-time social networks like Twitter.
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The Decade Of The Mind & Your New Cyborg Brain

The Decade Of The Mind & Your New Cyborg Brain | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Neuroprosthetics is an emerging field of bioengineering that will change our concepts of what it means to be human. These are the initial stages.
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iOnRoad: An augmented reality app that makes driving safer

iOnRoad: An augmented reality app that makes driving safer | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Picitup, an Israeli technology company founded in 2007, has announced the launch of a new product, the iOnRoad that is designed to help end users to become aware of future dangers in the road, increasing possible response times and hopefully helping drivers to make better decisions.
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The AI Singularity is Dead; Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity

The AI Singularity is Dead; Long Live the Cybernetic Singularity | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
The nerd echo chamber is reverberating this week with the furious debate over Charlie Stross’ doubts about the possibility of an artificial “human-level intelligence” explosion – also known as the Singularity. As currently defined, the Singularity will be an event in the future in which artificial intelligence reaches human level intelligence. At that point, the AI (i.e. AI n) will reflexively begin to improve itself and build AI’s more intelligent than itself (i.e. AI n+1) which will result in an exponential explosion of intelligence towards near deity levels of super-intelligent AI After reading over the debates, I’ve come to a conclusion that both sides miss a critical element of the Singularity discussion: the human beings. Putting people back into the picture allows for a vision of the Singularity that simultaneously addresses several philosophical quandaries.
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Jeremiah Bilas's comment, June 25, 2011 10:00 PM
As I do my jwh thing,outside summer night. With my android phone. <br/>My first impression was to say ,sounds Kurzwellian.<br/>But its a greaf explanation to the deffinition of the pace of progress is getting better at an exponential rate. YES. I said getting better,as in heaven,at an exponential rate. <br/> this article still echoes the beauty of living forever,as a fwd progress<br/> The same consciousness.<br/>this is why plusultratech dot com / ultraweekend net<br/>ps I cant believe I did this on a 'droid! Thats how much I believe in progress, credo mobile baby!
Jeremiah Bilas's comment, June 26, 2011 1:16 PM
heh,sorry for the jwh inspired rant last night. But its really interesting, how we desire to hold onto our "humanity". The notion that total brain emulation will not create consciousness is a bit hard for me to buy, but even if it doesn't, I still believe non human brain emulated advanced A[G]I will be human enough for us to relate to, and merge with it. Simply because it will be imprinted by its creator; humans.
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A Paradigm shift in Human-Computer Interaction

A Paradigm shift in Human-Computer Interaction | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Once It was the era of giant, room sized computers when people used punch cards and typewriters to interact with computers. Then the world slowly experted in two-handed keyboards, two dimensional navigation and pointing with mouse.

This is being the situation for past few decades. The human-computer interaction (HCI) is not going beyond just keyboard and mouse. But recent developments show that this is changing.
HCI is turning to be more natural and intuitive rather than mechanical and artificial. HCI is going to be in coming years similar to the way we communicated by gestures at the very beginning of the evolution. Of course the more natural way of interacting with the computers would be to talk to them similar to the way we evolved to speak languages. But we are still far from perfecting natural language processing. So for now, Be ready to dance before the gadgets.

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Oblong Has Built Mezzanine, The Future Of Computing. I’ve Seen It. Used It. It’s Beautiful.

Oblong Has Built Mezzanine, The Future Of Computing. I’ve Seen It. Used It. It’s Beautiful. | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Mezzanine is a spatial operating environment meant to be used in conference rooms and other large meeting areas. The peripherals vary, but the system I used consisted of three large screens front and center, two vertically-aligned screen on a wall to the right, a whiteboard to the wall on the left, and two cameras (one in front pointing at you, and one to the side pointing at the whiteboard). The main points of interaction are two “wands”, which I’ll explain more about in a bit. And the system works in concert with any device — meaning laptop, iPhone, iPad, etc — that is in the room and connected to the network as well.

The idea for Mezzanine is to get people in a room together in order to synthesize information in the most collaborative way imaginable. “We want to get everyone’s pixels in a shared workspace, where they collide,” Kramer says. “The key is to give everyone control over what’s happening,” he continues. And that means interacting with the data on the three main screens from your laptop, iPhone, iPad, directly on the screen with the wands, or even remotely via a device with a web browser.

Using these controls, anyone can rearrange data, push new data into the flow, highlight specific things, and queue stuff up to talk about later. Perhaps the best way to think about it is as a symphony of information that everyone in the room can conduct. Again, it’s a bit hard to describe, but when you see it, it just makes sense.
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Jon Stewart Discusses Advances in Neuroprosthetics

Jon Stewart Discusses Advances in Neuroprosthetics | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart discusses important advances in neuroprosthetics representing the work of many talented colleagues.
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Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration

Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons.
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Springpad - save anything you want to remember

Springpad - save anything you want to remember | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Save anything you want to remember, organize the things you save, and use the things you save.
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Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution

Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Maybe we have a future after all: Our Posthuman Future is political historian Francis Fukuyama's reconsideration of his 1989 announcement that history had reached an end. He claims that science, particularly genome studies, offers radical changes, possibly more profound than anything since the development of language, in the way we think about human nature. He makes his case thoroughly and eloquently, rarely dipping into philosophical or critical jargon and consistently maintaining an informal tone.
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New Development in Neuroprosthetics

New Development in Neuroprosthetics | Mind Amplification | Scoop.it
Scientists from Wake Forest University and Southern California have actually developed a device that can be directly implanted into the brain in order to improve transmitting signals. I won’t go into detail here, but the machine records signals from the CA1 tissue in the hippocampus and replays it to illict a memory response.
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