“Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories…They modified the neurons by adding a sort of trigger, or receptor, to each one. This receptor was activated by a chemical called ATP.”
“All cell phones will come packed with an RFID chip by next summer — giving your phone the possibility of also becoming the keys to your car or house. That was the prediction of Ericsson’s vice-president of systems architecture, Håkan Djuphammar, speaking at the company’s Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm on Tuesday.”
New York Times Book Review noted yesterday the impetus of Iraq and Afghanistan troops coming home with limbs lost to IEDs to drive brain interfaces to artificial limbs.
“The Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 (RP 2009) team developed the first fully integrated prosthetic arm that can be controlled naturally, provide sensory feedback and allows for eight degrees of freedom—a level of control far beyond the current state of the art for prosthetic limbs. Through RICs Neural Engineering Center for Bionic Medicine, several researchers completed limb system includes a virtual environment used for patient training, clinical configuration and to record limb movements and control signals during clinical investigations.”
This looks like it was manually compiled; the Pachube model still looks like more of the real thing.
Real time search engine – crawls social networks to find out what people are looking at, sharing right now. The pop culture orientation of the results makes me wonder if social nets just skew young, and shallow? Or is this simply the way the neurosphere crumbles; majority rules?
Is this actually a Microsoft thing? pretty innovative for Redmond…
Finally getting Saskia Sassen – locally situated agents of globalization are an IMBRICATION of contexts. Territory, Authority, Rights (2006)
A review of the new Mattel “Mind Flex” toy. Sensors read your brainwaves and adjust a fan that lifts or lowers a foam ball. It’s matching activity to some basic brainwave patterns, so it’s not well beyond biofeedback in the 1970s. But still, the idea’s got an iressistible attraction to it.
see also www.mindflexgames.com
According to Francis Heylighen:
“There is an interesting new method to measure how happy or sad people feel by analysing the “feeling” words that they use in their texts (blogs, song texts, presidential addresses, …).
Common words are given a “valence”, i.e. an average value on a scale ranging from most happy (e.g. “love”, “hope”, “proud”, “hug”…) to least happy (e.g. “death”, “lonely”, “rape”, “afraid”, …). The average valence of a text is calculated as an average (weighted by frequency) of the valence of the words it contains.
By analysing millions of blogs it is possible to measure the average valence on any given day, or in specific groups, like countries, age groups, or genders. These valences can fluctuate quite a bit, being high on days like Christmas or the Obama election, and low on days like anniversaries of 9/11 or the death of Michael Jackson. They also tend to be lower for teenagers and pensioners, and higher in middle age.”
This is one is notable for the mobile nature of the group interplay. Feels more organic – I guess organisms are mobile, nervous systems are constantly circulating.