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Are MEMS-based Smartphone Cameras the Next Big Thing? - Forbes

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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, 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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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

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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

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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

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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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Your Next Computer Will Live on Your Arm | Wired Business | Wired.com

Your Next Computer Will Live on Your Arm | Wired Business | Wired.com | PhD Research | Scoop.it
Forget about robots rising up against humans for world domination.

In the future we’re all going to be robot-human hybrids with the help of wearable computers. We’ve already seen Google Glass, the search giant’s augmented-reality glasses, and now the latest Y Combinator startup to come out of stealth, Thalmic Labs, is giving us a wrist cuff that will one day control computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, and remote-control devices with simple hand gestures.

Unlike voice-detecting Google Glass, and the camera-powered Kinect and Leap Motion controller, Thalmic Labs is going to the source of your hand and finger gestures – your forearm muscles. “In looking at wearable computers, we realized there are problems with input for augmented-reality devices,” says Thalmic Labs co-founder Stephen Lake. “You can use voice, but no one wants to be sitting on the subway talking to themselves, and cameras can’t follow wherever you go.”

I’d argue that thanks to Bluetooth headsets and Siri, we’ve already been talking to ourselves for the last decade, so talking to my glasses isn’t a huge stretch. But, I won’t deny that it looks cool to casually flick my hand to change the song on my MacBook, which is what Thalmic Labs is promising with its $149 forearm gadget called the Myo (a nod to the Greek prefix for muscle, but rhymes with Leo), which has an adjustable band that can accommodate almost anyone.


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petabush's curator insight, February 27, 2013 3:33 AM

Interesting connection of  simple gestures and functions. 

 

'Same old, same old' regarding the aesthetics, and how such a device that works with the body is working and being on the body.

 

Such objects are integrating with the body and the person. through them we have the opportunity to consider issues of embodiment and sense of self. These objects are both an interal and external interface and therefore represent the personal and public body/person. They should not be afraid of demonstrating this!

 

 

Cláudio Braune Gusmão's curator insight, March 9, 2013 8:59 AM

É sabido que embora tenham significado avanços indiscutíveis, o mouse, teclado, monitores foram[são], como afirma Flusser em O Mundo Codificado "Obstáculos para a remoção de obstáculos". Tivemos que nos adaptar a estas maravilhas mesmo que isto significasse conviver com dores (L.E.R.) nos braços e ombros. Gestos são muito mais naturais e desde experimentos com sensores que captam movimento o campo da Interatividade revela uma atraçao incontrolável pela gestualidade para interagir. Quando pudemos acessar o Nintendo Wii, Xbox Kinect, PS3 Move, pudemos experimentar a maravilha da computação física aliada ao gesto. Lindo! Ano passado tive contato com o LeapMotion https://www.leapmotion.com/ que apresenta certos avanços em relação a interação com computadores e dispositivos de uma maneira muito bacana. Fiz o pre-order e devo receber o meu a partidr de maio/13. Esta semana conheci o MYO (https://getmyo.com/) que traz uma outra proposta. Um bracelete (armband) que promete reconhecer o movimento de seus músculos do braço possibilitando diversas combinações interativas para o controle de vários dispositivos. Não resisti e fiz o pre-order apra recebê-lo provavelmente em 1 ano. Amobos LeapMotion e MYO distribuíram os dispositivos para desenvolvedores diversos para que estes desenvolvam applicativos e com isso, ao distribuir efetivamente sua produção os usuários tenham acesso a milhares de apps para utilizar. É isso aí....

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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

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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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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

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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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Are MEMS-based Smartphone Cameras the Next Big Thing? - Forbes

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....MEMS stands for “microelectromechanical system” and are microscopic machines that replace the larger, bulkier, heavier and power sucking predecessors.  MEMS is the same technology that has revolutionized mobility technologies like microphones, barometers, gyroscopes, and even electronic clocks.

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

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What the Internet is doing to our brains
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What the Internet is doing to our brains

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"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bowman, having nearly been sent to a deep-space death by the malfunctioning machine, is calmly, coldly disconnecting the memory circuits that control its artificial “ brain. “Dave, my mind is going,” HAL says, forlornly. “I can feel it. I can feel it.”

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