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Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You | Danger Room | Wired.com

11 Body Parts Defense Researchers Will Use to Track You | Danger Room | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
If the latest crop of biometric systems work as advertised, they may be able to identify you without you ever knowing you’ve been spotted, with more accuracy, and from farther away. Here are 11 projects.

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Cell phones that can identify you by how you walk. Fingerprint scanners that work from 25 feet away. Radars that pick up your heartbeat from behind concrete walls. Algorithms that can tell identical twins apart. Eyebrows and earlobes that give you away. A new generation of technologies is emerging that can identify you by your physiology. And unlike the old crop of biometric systems, you don't need to be right up close to the scanner in order to be identified. If they work as advertised, they may be able to identify you without you ever knowing you've been spotted.

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Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation

Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Manufacturers of robots and similar machines gathered in Chicago, casting automation as an indispensable engine of economic growth.

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The robot equipment industry has one word for the alarmist articles and television news programs that predict a robot is about to steal your job: Fiddlesticks!

Well, that wasn’t actually the word used this week at the Automate 2013 trade show held here through Thursday, but the sentiment was the same. During a presentation on Monday, Henrik I. Christensen, the Kuka Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing, sharply criticized a recent “60 Minutes” report on automation that was based on the work of the M.I.T. economists Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

The two economists in 2011 wrote “Race Against the Machine,” a book that renewed the debate about the relationship between the pace of automation and job growth. They argue that the pace of automation is accelerating and that robotics is pushing into new areas of the work force like white-collar jobs that were previously believed to be beyond the scope of computers.

During his talk, Dr. Christensen said that the evidence indicated that the opposite was true. While automation may transform the work force and eliminate certain jobs, it also creates new kinds of jobs that are generally better paying and that require higher-skilled workers.

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AR Goggles Restore Depth Perception To People Blind in One Eye | MIT Technology Review

AR Goggles Restore Depth Perception To People Blind in One Eye | MIT Technology Review | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Software written for augmented reality glasses creates and projects images for the healthy eye, giving a wearer the feeling of depth

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Being able to see with both eyes comes with a perk: the ability to judge distance in 3D. Say, between a plate of food on the table and the saltshaker, or the space between the front of your car and the bumprt of the vehicle ahead of you.

People who’ve lost sight in one eye can still see with the other, but they lack binocular depth perception.

Some of them could benefit from a pair of augmented reality glasses being built at the University of Yamanashi in Japan, that artificially introduces a feeling of depth in a person’s healthy eye.

The group, led by Xiaoyang Mao, started out with a pair of commercially available 3D glasses, the daintily named Wrap 920AR, manufactured by Vuzix Corporation. (Vuzix is also building another AR headset called the M100 that on first sight looks like quite the competitor to to Google Glass.)

The Wrap 920AR looks like a pair of regular tinted glasses, but with small cameras poking out of each lens. The lenses are transparent and the device, Vuzix explains on its website, both captures and projects images, giving the wearer of the device front-row seats to a 2D or 3D AR show transmitted from a computer.

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Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman

Nexus imagines a world that is posthuman, not transhuman | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Tech and humanity intertwine in Ramez Naam's new novel; read chapter one here.
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Kim Solez The Singularity Explained and Promoted January 2013

Dr. Kim Solez presents "The Technological Singularity Explained and Promoted" on January 10th, 2013 in the Technology and Future of Medicine course LABMP 590 http://www.singularitycourse.comat the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada.


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Sci-Finance: The Great Cybernetic Experiment, Part 2 | Cris ...

Sci-Finance: The Great Cybernetic Experiment, Part 2 | Cris ... | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
"In the game of life and evolution there are three players at the table: human beings, nature, and machines. I am firmly on the side of nature. But nature, I suspect, is on the side of machines." George Dyson, Darwin Among the ...
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Vuzix M100 smart glasses: hands on with the contender trying to beat Google Glass to market

Vuzix M100 smart glasses: hands on with the contender trying to beat Google Glass to market | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Almost exactly one year ago, we saw an early prototype of Vuzix's competitor to Google's Project Glass. It was pretty rough, so we were eager to see how much progress the company made since there....
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Leap Motion, Others Look Beyond the Mouse and Keyboard | TIME.com

Leap Motion, Others Look Beyond the Mouse and Keyboard | TIME.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
For the past few years, a handful of companies have been working on eye-tracking and gesture control for computers. Now, there are signs that these natural input methods are almost ready for prime time.
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There was a time when the mouse and keyboard were the two primary ways to interact with a computer. Then came touch screens, and the idea of “natural input” became all the rage.

Our eyes and the space around us may be the next big innovations on that front. For the past few years, a handful of companies have been working on eye-tracking and gesture control for computers. Now, there are signs that these natural input methods are almost ready for prime time.

Here’s one recent example: Leap Motion, the maker of a small, upcoming motion controller for Windows and Mac computers, announced this week that its hardware will be bundled with select PCs from Asus. Later this year, Asus will start embedding the technology directly into high-end notebooks and all-in-one PCs. (A standalone version of Leap Motion, which costs $70, is shipping soon.)

Leap’s sensor is roughly the size of an iPod, and it creates a space of eight cubic feet for recognizing hand and finger gestures. Leap expects its technology to be useful in 3D modeling and artwork, mid-air handwriting, gaming or just pinching and zooming on web pages. The company is releasing tools so developers can make their apps work with the device.

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5 reasons to get excited about Augmented Reality in 2013

5 reasons to get excited about Augmented Reality in 2013 | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Guest Post Next year, I predict that augmented reality (AR) will be everywhere. Here are my five reasons why:
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Whether it’s Google’s Project Glass or concept videos along the lines of “Sight”, the Internet can’t get enough of Terminator Vision. A few companies have however made some pretty impressive technological leaps this year: this fall, Vuzix debuted their monocular AR prototype for industrial use at the annual InsideAR conference; Innovega showcased their Augmented Reality contact lens prototype at the 2012 Consumer Electronic show, for which they’re currently seeking FDA approval; and researchers at the University of Washington successfully displayed a single pixel on an eye (albeit, that of a rabbit).

In the meantime, retails brands like Oakley and game favorite Valve were just as quick to throw their hats in the ring alongside patent applications from tech giants Apple and Microsoft. But don’t bother Santa with your letters – widely available (and affordable) wearable augmented reality devices probably won’t hit shelves until 2014.

 
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The Surprising Truth: Technology Is Aging in Reverse | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The Surprising Truth: Technology Is Aging in Reverse | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Photo: The Webhamster / Flickr We're living in a Black Swan world, but what does this mean for the future of technology? My new book Antifragile argues
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For the perishable, every additional day in its life translates into a shorter additional life expectancy. For the nonperishable like technology, every additional day may imply a longer life expectancy.

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7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life

7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
AR might seem like a far-off tech without practical applications, but here are several ways you could use it in your everyday life.

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The Human Face of Big Data

Learn. Compare. Discover.
The Human Face of Big Data is a globally crowdsourced media project focusing on humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize vast amounts of data in real time.
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The Cybernetic Hypothesis – Alexander Galloway | Sam Kinsley

The Cybernetic Hypothesis – Alexander Galloway | Sam Kinsley | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Galloway offers a talk the aftermath of the 'Cybernetic Hypothesis', pace Tiqqun's critique of cybernetics and perhaps Deleuze's 'Control Societies', which functioned as a vast experiment that has swallowed the planet in an ...
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Ohio State implants first brain pacemaker to treat Alzheimer's (1/24/2013)

Ohio State implants first brain pacemaker to treat Alzheimer's (1/24/2013) | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
An Ohio woman is the first Alzheimer's patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

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During a five-hour surgery last October at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Kathy Sanford became the first Alzheimer's patient in the United States to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

She is the first of up to 10 patients who will be enrolled in an FDA-approved study at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center to determine if using a brain pacemaker can improve cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

The study employs the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS), the same technology used to successfully treat about 100,000 patients worldwide with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. In the study, researchers hope to determine whether DBS surgery can improve function governed by the frontal lobe and neural networks involved in cognition and behavior by stimulating certain areas of the brain with a pacemaker.

Dr. Douglas Scharre, neurologist and director of the division of cognitive neurology, and Dr. Ali Rezai, neurosurgeon and director of the neuroscience program, both at Wexner Medical Center, are conducting the study.

"If the early findings that we're seeing continue to be robust and progressive, then I think that will be very promising and encouraging for us," says Rezai, who also directs the Center for Neuromodulation at Ohio State. "But so far we are cautiously optimistic."

The deep brain stimulation implant is similar to a cardiac pacemaker device with the exception that the pacemaker wires are implanted in the brain rather than the heart.

"Basically, the pacemakers send tiny signals into the brain that regulate the abnormal activity of the brain and normalize it more," says Rezai. "Right now, from what we're seeing in our first patient, I think the results are encouraging, but this is research. We need to do more research and understand what's going on."

The study, which will enroll people with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease, will help determine if DBS has the potential to improve cognitive, behavioral and functional deficits.

Sanford continues to be evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the technology, says Rezai. She says she volunteered for the study to help others avoid the angst she has suffered as Alzheimer's slowly disrupted her life.

"I'm just trying to make the world a better place," says Sanford. "That's all I'm doing."

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This is an amazing bit of research and sounds very promising...

 

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Brain-machine Interface: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Shows Progress - Dana Foundation

Brain-machine Interface: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Shows Progress - Dana Foundation | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Recent news reports have described what sounds like a miracle--restoring the ability of a paralyzed woman “to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.”1 In fact, neuroscientists have actually made this possible by defining the specific steps in this process: (1) identifying those brain signals that contain the requisite movement signal information for such use; (2) developing suitable means to record those signals safely and continuously; (3) extracting the essential motor command information by computer processing of the neural signals; (4) designing, developing and constructing a prosthetic arm that performs nearly all of the functions of the human arm; (5) interfacing the processed brain signals to the device, creating an integrated Brain-Machine Interface (BMI); (6) and finally improving the quality and effectiveness of the BMI by training the brain to operate the prosthetic limb.  The latter phase of training also evaluates additional brain signals and additional features built into the device to improve brain-machine communication and enhance the brain-machine integration.  The resultant operations achieve more accurate, faster and enduring usefulness of the prosthetic device1,2.

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Rich Archbold: Pair play cards they are dealt to find love, success

Rich Archbold: Pair play cards they are dealt to find love, success | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
As chance, or fate, would have it, Jay Cramer and Katy Sullivan crossed paths in 2006 at Downeys Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, which is recognized as Californias top rehabilitation hospital.
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Rise of the cyborgs

Rise of the cyborgs | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Of all the powers that we have imagined for the cyborg, which do we most covet? Their ability to see and sense detail in the environment? The ability manipulate things with the dexterity and power of a machine? Or perhaps it would be to command vast amounts of information which can be processed at tremendous speed?
If you chose none of those, you chose as any cyborg likely would have. The cyborg’s greatest power, that from which it derives the most satisfaction (to use that term loosely), must be the ability to see itself.


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Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity

Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Scientists, futurists, and other experts describe how we've begun to blur the lines between humans and technology.
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On Stephen Hawking, Vader and Being More Machine Than Human | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

On Stephen Hawking, Vader and Being More Machine Than Human | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Today, January 8, is Hawking’s birthday, yet on this day it’s worth examining just who and what we are really celebrating: the man, the mind, or … the machines?

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Traditionally, assistants execute what the head directs or has thought of beforehand. But Hawking’s assistants – human and machine – complete his thoughts through their work; they classify, attribute meaning, translate, perform. Hawking’s example thus helps us rethink the dichotomy between humans and machines.

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AI 'lifeguard' could save young swimmers from drowning - tech - 04 January 2013 - New Scientist

AI 'lifeguard' could save young swimmers from drowning - tech - 04 January 2013 - New Scientist | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
An artificial-intelligence system is learning to recognise the panicky movements people make when they are drowning

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THIS goes way beyond water wings. An AI system is learning to recognise the panicky movements people make when they are drowning. The idea is that the system could one day be used to save children's lives when there are no lifeguards around.

Ultrasonic systems at swimming pools can alert lifeguards if someone is underwater too long - but few pools have them and they are no help at unguarded river banks and beaches. So Ken Sakamura and colleagues at the University of Tokyo created an AI system which could, for example, activate a body-worn flotation bag in an emergency.

To train it, the team asked a lifeguard to wear a pressure sensor and mimic the behaviour of swimmers who get into difficulty: making rapid, flailing arm movements with their body vertical. The lifeguard generated a telltale pressure change profile that the system, based on neural network software, could reliably distinguish from normal swimming.

The team want to make the system more robust by training it using more volunteers, with an accelerometer added to the sensor pack. They will present their results at the International Conference on Consumer Electronics in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 12 January.

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Augmented Reality Mobile Apps to Generate Nearly $300mn in Revenues Next Year

Augmented Reality Mobile Apps to Generate Nearly $300mn in Revenues Next Year | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Juniper Research,industry analysts and publishers of market and technology research reports covering the telecoms,broadband,wireless LAN,mobile and internet sectors

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Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | KurzweilAI

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months | KurzweilAI | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Roboy (credit: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich) Meet Roboy, one of the most advanced humanoid robots, say researchers at the

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich.

Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human.

Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank.

And since service robots share their “living space” with people, user-friendliness and safety, above all, are of great importance, roboticists point out.

Which is why “soft robotics” — soft to the touch, soft in their interaction, soft and natural in their movements — will be important, and Roboy will be covered with “soft skin,” making interacting with him safer and more pleasant.

Service robots are already used in a wide variety of areas today, including for household chores, surveillance work and cleaning, and in hospitals and care homes. Our aging population is making it necessary to keep older people as autonomous as possible for as long as possible, which means caring for aged people is likely to be an important area for the deployment of service robots, roboticists say.

To speed up the process, the AI Lab researchers set a goal to build Roboy in just 9 months (the project began five months ago). Roboy will be unveiled at the Robots on Tour March 8 and 9, 2013 in Zurich.

To make this ambitious schedule possible, they decided to finance the first grassroots robotics project via crowdfunding. To participate, see Make Roboy your friend.

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Our augmented selves: The promise of wearable computing

Our augmented selves: The promise of wearable computing | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
By Donald Melanson and Michael Gorman It\'s been an interesting year for Google\'s most famous side project. After emerging from the company\'s suitably
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It's been an interesting year for Google's most famous side project. After emerging from the company's suitably mysterious X Lab in April, Glass appeared across the roundtable from Charlie Rose, gave conference attendees a skydiver's eye view at Google I/O, strutted down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week and shared the stage with California Governor Jerry Brown as he signed a bill into law allowing self-driving cars on the state's roads.

Yet, there's still more that we don't know about Google Glass than we know about it, despite its status as the highest-profile attempt at making wearable computing the next big thing. Public demonstrations of the tech have so far only hinted at its full potential. The promise of Glass echoes that of wearable computing in general, a promise that's remained largely unfulfilled despite decades of research driven by everyone from the military to DIYers.

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A 10 Minutes Introduction to Embodied Cognition | Ricardo A. Tellez

What is cognition?
Basically, it is a group of mental processes.
Cognition requires:

Perception
Attention
Anticipation
Reasoning
Learning
Inner Speech
Imagination
Memory
Emotions
Planning
Pain and Pleasure

Most cognitive scientists view cognition as something that is computational.

Cognition = Computational System
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A leap forward in brain-controlled computer cursors

A leap forward in brain-controlled computer cursors | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Stanford researchers have designed the fastest, most accurate algorithm yet for brain-implantable prosthetic systems that can help disabled people maneuver computer cursors with their thoughts. The algorithm’s speed, accuracy and natural movement approach those of a real arm, doubling performance of existing algorithms.


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