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What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind

What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Body & Mind | PhD Research | Scoop.it

On average, people pick up their smartphone 221 times a day to do things with it. It's no secret that we are getting more and more addicted to these handsets, but have you wondered what effect that is having on your mind and your body? Scientists are definitely curious and have a few ideas


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 19, 8:28 AM

A short light article but with lots of links to research data.


faith ward's curator insight, January 24, 8:39 AM

Research data in the article is very interesting. 

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Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories | PhD Research | Scoop.it

Nanowerk is the leading nanotechnology portal, committed to educate, inform and inspire about nanotechnologies, nanosciences, and other emerging technologies


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The Science of Storytelling

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Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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Maria Persson's curator insight, September 30, 2014 6:49 PM

Something about telling our stories can often keep us in loops of despair and darkness but in sharing them these clouds can often lift and lead to empowerment and engagement with the world around us again!

 

This is a great infographic suggesting how physiological aspects are affected by storytelling...believe it or not - do the research and make your own mind up!

 

Commercial aspects aside and the idea of branding, how could this concept work in  educational environments? Need to give this more thought...ideas anyone - very welcome!

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 3, 2014 2:02 AM

One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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The Near Future Of Implantable Technology - YouTube

Jennifer French is the 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, a silver medalist in sailing, and a quadriplegic. She is the first woman to receive the implanted ...


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Remote-controlled cyborg moth ‘biobots’ to monitor emergency-response operations | KurzweilAI

Remote-controlled cyborg moth ‘biobots’ to monitor emergency-response operations | KurzweilAI | PhD Research | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals that moths use to control those muscles. The goal: remotely-controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use in emergency response, such as search and rescue operations.

“The idea would be to attach sensors to moths … to create a flexible, aerial sensor network that can identify survivors or public health hazards in the wake of a disaster,” said Alper Bozkurt, PhD, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and co-author of a JOVE paper on the work.

Bozkurt, with Amit Lal, PhD, of Cornell University, previously developed a method for attaching electrodes to a moth during its pupal stage, when the caterpillar is in a cocoon undergoing metamorphosis. Now, Bozkurt’s research team wants to find out precisely how a moth coordinates its muscles during flight.


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Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI | PhD Research | Scoop.it

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for radically amplified human intelligence (IA). It’s an open question as to which will come first, but a technologically boosted brain could be just as powerful — and just as dangerous – as AI.

 

As a species, we’ve been amplifying our brains for millennia. Or at least we’ve tried to. Looking to overcome our cognitive limitations, humans have employed everything from writing, language, and meditative techniques straight through to today’s nootropics. But none of these compare to what’s in store. Unlike efforts to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI), or even an artificial superintelligence (SAI), the human brain already presents us with a pre-existing intelligence to work with. Radically extending the abilities of a pre-existing human mind — whether it be through genetics, cybernetics or the integration of external devices — could result in something quite similar to how we envision advanced AI.

 

Looking to learn more about this, I contacted futurist Michael Anissimov, a blogger atAccelerating Future and a co-organizer of the Singularity Summit. He’s given this subject considerable thought — and warns that we need to be just as wary of IA as we are AI. The real objective of IA is to create super-Einsteins, persons qualitatively smarter than any human being that has ever lived. There will be a number of steps on the way there.

 

The first step will be to create a direct neural link to information. Think of it as a "telepathic Google." The next step will be to develop brain-computer interfaces that augment the visual cortex, the best-understood part of the brain. This would boost our spatial visualization and manipulation capabilities. Imagine being able to imagine a complex blueprint with high reliability and detail, or to learn new blueprints quickly. There will also be augmentations that focus on other portions of sensory cortex, like tactile cortex and auditory cortex. The third step involves the genuine augmentation of pre-frontal cortex. This is the Holy Grail of IA research — enhancing the way we combine perceptual data to form concepts. The end result would be cognitive super-McGyvers, people who perform apparently impossible intellectual feats. For instance, mind controlling other people, beating the stock market, or designing inventions that change the world almost overnight. This seems impossible to us now in the same way that all our modern scientific achievements would have seemed impossible to a stone age human — but the possibility is real.

 

For it to be otherwise would require that there is some mysterious metaphysical ceiling on qualitative intelligence that miraculously exists at just above the human level. Given that mankind was the first generally intelligent organism to evolve on this planet, that seems highly implausible. We shouldn't expect version one to be the final version, any more than we should have expected the Model T to be the fastest car ever built.

 


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IBM Scientists Show Blueprints for Brain like Computing | MIT Technology Review

IBM Scientists Show Blueprints for Brain like Computing | MIT Technology Review | PhD Research | Scoop.it

IBM researchers unveil TrueNorth, a new computer architecture that imitates how a brain works.

 Using simulations of enormous complexity, they show that the architecture, named TrueNorth, could lead to a new generation of machines that function more like biological brains.

 


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IT's curator insight, August 14, 2013 5:57 PM

"Učíme se z dat. Nemáme předem algoritmy. Jsme schopni dělat předpovědi i v situacích, které jsme nikdy nezažili." A samozřejmě přesně při těchto procesech některé mozky neustále sledují superpočítače a jejich systémy.

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Animal experiments show it is possible to correct for memory problems with implanted chip - The Mind Uploading Project

Animal experiments show it is possible to correct for memory problems with implanted chip - The Mind Uploading Project | PhD Research | Scoop.it

Latest experiments show how a silicon chip externally connected to rat and monkey brains by electrodes can process information just like actual neurons. Scientist demonstrated that they could also help monkeys retrieve long-term memories from a part of the brain that stores them.


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IT's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:43 PM

Moc by mě zajímalo jestli si taková krysa vzpomene, že jí bylo líp bez toho, aby si pamatovala celou kuchařku nebo věděla kde je mapa podzemí Londýna, která je jí stejně na nic.

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How Instagram Remade Photography (And Could Do The Same For Video) - ReadWrite

How Instagram Remade Photography (And Could Do The Same For Video) - ReadWrite | PhD Research | Scoop.it
ReadWrite How Instagram Remade Photography (And Could Do The Same For Video) ReadWrite When the Chicago Sun-Times, a daily newspaper with 65 years of history, decided last month to dissolve its photography department, it announced that as a...

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Me, my brain and my smartphone: a cyborg utopia

Me, my brain and my smartphone: a cyborg utopia | PhD Research | Scoop.it
The story of how one man turbocharged his creativity, productivity and energy by outsourcing his brain to the cloud. Yes, Captain Obvious, it's about me. And you can count me very surprised if you ...
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hipstamatic: a wonderful toy camera app - my glass eye // news

hipstamatic: a wonderful toy camera app - my glass eye // news | PhD Research | Scoop.it
Hipstamatic is a joy to play with. With an almost bewildering array of films and lenses on offer, it's as deep or casual as you want to make it.
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Hipstamatic is my favourite Faux-Vintage photo, iPhone app, this is a very comprehenisive review.

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Georges Rousse Trompe L’oeil Art

Georges Rousse Trompe L’oeil Art | PhD Research | Scoop.it
A while ago we reviewed Swiss artist Felice Varni’s trompe l’oeil work. Well his inspiration comes from the master of trompe l’oeil art, French artist/photographer Georges Rousse ...
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Mindclones from Social Media: New Research from Stanford Suggests Feasibility - h+ Magazine

Mindclones from Social Media: New Research from Stanford Suggests Feasibility - h+ Magazine | PhD Research | Scoop.it

In popular sci-fi show 'Black Mirror', realistic digital personalities of the dead, mind clones, are recreated from data alone. How realistic is this idea?


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Can LSD Make You A Billionaire?

Can LSD Make You A Billionaire? | PhD Research | Scoop.it

According to an insider interview of an entrepreneur from Silicone Valley, all the billionaires with cutting edge ideas use LSD frequently as a way to gain advanced insights.


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The Selfie Syndrome- Great Visual ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Lucid Dreaming is a Key to Incredible Intelligence

Lucid Dreaming is a Key to Incredible Intelligence | PhD Research | Scoop.it

Lucid dreaming is a sign of incredible intelligence and problem-solving skills in waking life, new research shows


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Brain Implants Could Help Alzheimer’s and Others with Severe Memory Damage | MIT Technology Review

Brain Implants Could Help Alzheimer’s and Others with Severe Memory Damage | MIT Technology Review | PhD Research | Scoop.it
A maverick neuroscientist believes he has deciphered the code by which the brain forms long-term memories.

 

Theodore Berger, biomedicínský inženýr a neurolog v Los Angeles, si budoucnost pacientů s těžkou poruchou paměti představuje tak, že jí bude moci opět získat pomoc z elektronického implantátu. U lidí, jejichž mozek utrpěl poškození, mrtvici nebo Alzheimerova chorobu, narušení neuronální sítě často brání vytváření dlouhodobých vzpomínek. Již více než dvě desetiletí, Berger navrhuje křemíkové čipy napodobující signály, který tyto neurony vytvářeli, když řádně fungovali. 


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False Memories in Mice | MIT Technology Review

False Memories in Mice | MIT Technology Review | PhD Research | Scoop.it
Researchers manipulate mouse neurons to create a false memory; the work could lead to a better understanding of how memories form.

 

Vědci vytvořili falešnou paměť u myší tím, že manipulují neurony, které nesou vzpomínku. Práce dále ukazuje, jak nespolehlivá paměť může být.

 

Jedním z dlouhodobých cílů práce, je být schopni identifikovat nové metody pro pomoc pacientům s kognitivními poruchami. "Není to protože chceme implantovat některé falešné zkušenosti do lidské mysli, ale protože by mohlo být užitečné, vyvinout nakonec metody ke snížení kognitivní abnormality spojené s psychickými chorobami, jako jsou bludy u pacientů se schizofrenií , "říká Tonegawa.


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IT's curator insight, August 3, 2013 8:05 PM

Bylo by užitečné nedělat ze zdravých lidí pokusné krysy na kterých se snažíte ověřit jestli jimi skutečně nejsou. 

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Microchips That Mimic the Brain - The Mind Uploading Project

Microchips That Mimic the Brain - The Mind Uploading Project | PhD Research | Scoop.it

Researchers developed a neuromorphic system that can carry out complex sensorimotor tasks in real time. They demonstrate a task that requires a short-term memory and context-dependent decision-making.

They combined neuromorphic neurons into networks that implemented neural processing modules equivalent to so-called "finite-state machines". Behavior can be formulated as a "finite-state machine" and thus transferred to the neuromorphic hardware in an automated manner.

 

 

http://www.nanowerk.com/news2/biotech/newsid=31475.php#ixzz2bo1BJ4cn


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IT's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:07 PM

Vědci tedy ukazují poprvé, jak může být v reálném čase hardware nervový systém pro zpracování, kde uživatel určuje na jakém chování má být postavený. Jsem uživatelem klasického NS jenž si sám vystačí, ovšem někdy je zcela klidně řízen superpočítačem nebo AmI.

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Will technology kill handwriting? | Digital Trends

Will technology kill handwriting? | Digital Trends | PhD Research | Scoop.it
The recent closing of Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Handwriting Analysis Unit has led us to question the future of handwriting in a digital age.
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I Had No Phone For Five Days and Didn't Die - Houston Press

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I Had No Phone For Five Days and Didn't Die
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The scene was right out of a Kodak commercial: My ridiculously adorable bull terrier frolicked in the waves of the Gulf of Mexico at twilight, an enormous doggy smile plastered on her face.
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Supercharge your productivity with in-task notes

Supercharge your productivity with in-task notes | PhD Research | Scoop.it
There's a reason for why we look to increase our productivity through task and time management: we're stressed. Handing such matters over to trusted systems frees up staggering amounts of brain cap...
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Morgan Stanley: AWS a threat to all IT | Cloud Pro

Morgan Stanley: AWS a threat to all IT | Cloud Pro | PhD Research | Scoop.it
Morgan Stanley says retail approach has turned cloud service provider into mega-vendor
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This thesis concerns drawing as a form of enquiry, figuration and knowledge, specifically relating to perceptions of the body and embodied experience. The primary method and object of research is the practice of direct mark-making in response to perceptual experience, here termed observational drawing. The skills and habits of this learnt practice have been destabilised: by attempting a phenomenological approach; by drawing faces and bodies in conditions of movement and change; by progressively subtracting elements of manual and visual control. Following from observational drawing, the creative research methodology incorporates other modes of drawing, re-working of scanned drawings, note-making, reading and writing. The thesis includes a written overview (Part I), and a digital archive of drawings (Part II), jointly comprising a narrative of the research process.

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Juliet MacDonalds practice let thesis is an exemplary example of a practice let PhD theisis. An HTML version of the thesis is available here:- http://www.julietmacdonald.co.uk/phd_files/Site_hand_eye_p/index.htm

Examples of her drawing projects can be found here:- http://thedrawingshed.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/juliet-macdonald.html

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