Mind Uploading

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 2, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

I just read on Wired Science blog that Mind Uploading was at risk of being deleted from Wikipedia due to lack of cited evidence.  I don’t particularly care.

What I did find interesting is that there is such a term. Mind Uploading!

Mind uploading, whole brain emulation or mind transfer refers to the hypothetical process of copying the information content (the “mind” or “soul“) of a biological brain by scanning its structure, transfer it to a computer and run a computer simulation model of it that is so faithful to the original that it will behave in essentially the same way as the original brain. [1] The emulated brain may control a mechanical robot, or a software body model in a simulated virtual reality.

The idea is discussed in research publications as a way to achieve strong artificial intelligence[2], and as an extension to the topical computational neuroscience field (also known as brain simulation). It is regarded as a crucial element of the transhumanist ideology as a life extension technology. It is a central conceptual feature of numerous science fiction novels, and is increasingly quoted in popular media [3][4]. Human mind uploading is speculative at this point in time; no technology exists which can accomplish this. Some animal brains have however been mapped and at least partly been simulated.

This is what I am interested in,  the merging of the human brain and the computer brain, the evolution of knowledge.  I’ll hopefully be posting daily again. Sorry to all of my readers for a lack of posts.

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I Told You So

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

Brain-Machine Interfaces Make for Tricky Ethics

Direct connections from brains to computers may someday help free paralyzed people from the constraints of their bodies. They’re already used to reverse deafness and blindness. But as they become more refined, brain-machine interfaces will almost certainly be used for non-therapeutic purposes — and with that expansion comes profound ethical questions.

“Whether these technologies are used in a way that’s in harmony with — or an affront to —  human dignity is the main question,” said Adam Keiper, director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s program on science, technology and society.

First-generation neuroelectronics are already on the market in the form of hearing aids — 150,000 people have straight-to-brain cochlear implants — and deep-brain stimulators are used to treat Parkinson’s, epilepsy and even depression. Retinal implants to replace damaged eyes are in development, as are systems that enable paraplegics to control computers by thinking.

Though incredible, these technologies may someday seem rudimentary. Scientists predict that future implants will be made from engineered tissue and organic nanomaterials rather than metal, and allow for a literally seamless union of man and machine. Brain-machine interfaces could be used for entertainment or work; the U.S. military already wants to implant them in soldiers.

To some researchers, the ethical issues are not complicated. “These questions are similar to those surrounding antidepressants,” said University of Tübingen bioethicist Jens Clausen, who writes about neuroelectronics in an essay published Wednesday in Nature. “We can look at discussions that have already taken place, and figure out what is relevant.”

Clausen’s essay focuses on the safety of implanted circuitry and brain system-tinkering. This, however, may be the easiest question to answer: Risks can be measured and weighed against possible benefits. Far trickier questions are posed by the potential off-label applications of futuristic brain-machine systems, just as steroids provoke a different discussion when injected to help hit home runs rather than being inhaled for asthma.

“The questions related to brain-machine interfaces get much more interesting when you turn to the matter of enhancement,” said Keiper.

Read more at Wired Science

The White Wizard Cometh

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by xtravaluemeal


, originally uploaded by owl foreigner.

Plasma experiment recreates ‘burping’ astrophysical jets – space – 20 February 2009 – New Scientist

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

Huge step forward for the Thunderbolts of the Gods people with this experiment.

Plasma experiment recreates ‘burping’ astrophysical jets – space – 20 February 2009 – New Scientist.

Slow Week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 22, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

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Man oh man the future was coming on slow last week.  A few gadgets and a bunch of celebrity news, but then the end of the week came on strong.  Here are two great articles promising important steps forward in nano-brain-computing.

The New Scientist reports on two new computer interfaces without the old ball and chain (keyboard & mouse).

“I wanted to build a new human-computer interface that would take advantage of our abilities to grasp objects, move them around and understand the spatial relationships between them,” Merrill says. “Many of these skills are underutilised.”

He has now done this by building a set of smart blocks he calls “siftables”, each about the size of a toddler’s play brick. Users feed information into the system simply by shuffling the siftables around, while the siftables themselves relay information back to the user.

Each siftable measures about 5-centimetres square and is fitted with an LCD screen, battery, memory, an accelerometer to detect motion, a Bluetooth radio to communicate with other computers, and an infrared link to detect the presence and orientation of neighbouring siftables. Each block also has a small amount of built-in computing power, comparable to that available in a mid-1980s PC.

A group of siftables can be programmed to either solve problems independently, or take their orders from a desktop computer, in which case the way the pieces are moved around also controls an application running on the computer.

I like this approach to computing.  It fits right in to the current trend of diversifying while unifying, moving applications to the cloud, GPS and social communities to our cell phones, and personal data storage/computing to our brains (coming soon, I swear).  When three dimensional physical objects can become movable usable programmable widgets anyone will be able to carry out small scale experiments.  It really plays on the creative brain.  Pair that with the Minority Report style interface also reported on in the article “Sixth Sense” and you have an interactive world at our fingertips. They are already promising brain implants in 10 years.

Read the entire article HERE.

Oh yeah, Forbes also reported on a new method of data storage that could fit 10.5 Terrabits on a surface the size of a quarter.

Soon I’ll be blogging from bed.


United States Patent: 7484451 (AKA Bionic Body Armor)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

Possible Rendering of Armour in Action

Abstract

A method of protecting a target from a projectile propelled from a firearm comprises detecting an approaching projectile, continuously monitoring the projectile and transmitting an actual position of the projectile to a controller, computing an estimated projectile trajectory based upon the actual position of the projectile, determining an actual position of a target with a plurality of position sensors and a plurality of attitude sensors, determining whether the estimated projectile trajectory coincides with the actual position of the target, and triggering a plurality of muscle stimulators operably coupled to the controller and to the target when the estimated projectile trajectory coincides with the actual position of the target, wherein the muscle stimulators stimulate the target to move in a predefined manner, and wherein the target moves by an amount sufficient to avoid any contact with the approaching projectile. The projectile may be detected in the detecting step by emitting an electromagnetic wave from a projectile detector and receiving the electromagnetic wave after the electromagnetic wave has been reflected back toward the projectile detector by the projectile.

Seriously.  Check it out.

Picture from the great Ben Pearce

Your Eyes Will Show You What Your Brain Thinks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 11, 2009 by xtravaluemeal

HUD

Miniaturization of circuits and displays could lead to televisions shrunk into contact lenses and being powered by body heat, according to British futurologist Ian Pearson.

Channels could be changed using voice commands or gestures, Pearson told The Daily Mail. “You will just pop it into your eye in the morning and take it out at the end of the day,” he said.

Pearson’s predictions are in contrast to how consumer electronics companies have been pushing bigger TVs. In the last few years, advances in plasma and LCD panel technologies along with falling prices have made it easy to buy TVs with up to 100-inches in screen size.

But Pearson believes that trend will change and contact lenses that double up as personal TV sets could be reality within the next ten years.

I am surprised at the lack of vision presented by our friends at Wired.  Really??? Your eyes will be a HUD and you’re going to watch television?  Did you forget that the internet will be on tap in our brain.  These lenses will be good for all sorts of amazing information gathering and presenting.  Just picture the Terminators HUD only instead of deciding targets to kill on the street your targets will be the lowest priced detergent in the supermarket blinking red while everything else in your vision will dim allowing you to focus and make decisions quickly.

Contact Lens Could Bring TV Into Future Eyes | Gadget Lab from Wired.com.

Read More about Bionic Eyes Here