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Aug 3, 2016

A team of ex-fighter pilots have invented a new way for surgeons look inside brains

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, virtual reality

Fighter pilots and brain surgeons have a lot in common. With limited time and a high degree of risk, they must zero in on a dangerous target with the intent to destroy, making sure to minimise any collateral damage.

Perhaps no one understands that relationship better than Alon Geri and Moty Avisar, veterans of the Israeli Air Force and co-founders of Surgical Theatre, an Ohio-based company that brings state-of-the-art virtual reality to brain surgeons.

Physicians in thick black goggles can step inside a patient’s skull, explore the malformed region, craft a strategy for entry, elimination, and exit, and even do dry runs of the surgery itself. When it comes time to make the first incision, there are fewer surprises.

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Aug 2, 2016

Religion plays a role in attitudes toward human enhancement technologies

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Technology is amazing and can be used to help so many. When I position technology; I do so in showing how it helps folks to combat devastating diseases, live life fully even if they became paralyzed at some point in their life and with technology they can walk again, etc. I caution folks to ensure that when we introduce technology that we explain our message well to the broader masses; or risk not be adopted.

We have to do a better job in explaining how AI, BMI, etc. will help the population. When we present things like BMI, Cell Circuitry, etc. we must market how folks used the technology to combat a disease, a disability, or be able to live a more fuller life, etc. I keep seeing either no message or the wrong message being presented to the masses. Instead of waiting for the technology being available; we must take consumers on a journey of possibilities that they can have with tech.

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Aug 2, 2016

Hackers Hijack a Big Rig Truck’s Accelerator and Brakes

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI, transportation

This is the type of hijacking that the US DHS has been worried about. And, now we’re looking at self-driving Big Rigs and commercial jets.; as I stated last year I would hesitate in allowing autonomous planes and Big Rigs until we have a breech proof connected infrastructure in place.

As researchers demonstrate digital attacks on a 33,000 pound truck, car hacking is moving beyond consumer vehicles.

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Aug 2, 2016

Science Explains: Power Armor

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, science

It reminds of the medieval knight armor.

Power Armor. A powered exoskeleton with a tough outer shell, coupled with twice the mobility of a normal soldier and the strength of an elephant.

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Aug 2, 2016

DARPA-Funded Project Could Develop New Technique for Wirelessly Monitoring Malicious Software on IoT Devices

Posted by in categories: internet, security

Could this help on the whole IoT security challenge — TBD.

A $9.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could lead to development of a new technique for wirelessly monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) devices for malicious software – without affecting the operation of the ubiquitous but low-power equipment.

The technique will rely on receiving and analyzing side-channel signals, electromagnetic emissions that are produced unintentionally by the electronic devices as they execute programs. These signals are produced by semiconductors, capacitors, power supplies and other components, and can currently be measured up to a half-meter away from operating IoT devices.

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Aug 2, 2016

10 Crazy Things Drones Are Being Used For Right Now

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Where is PETA when you need them.

When we think of drones, we still often think primarily of their military uses, despite the fact that they’re increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Drones serve an impressive range of roles in the military, commercial, public, and civilian sectors. They’re also becoming more and more affordable and accessible. If you’ve been to an open-air event with a decent crowd lately, there was probably at least one person there flying their personal drone around, taking aerial footage to upload to social media.

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Aug 2, 2016

China’s elevated bus is real, travels above car traffic

Posted by in category: transportation

We saw the animated video; now check out the real thing.

What was once a crazy bus/train-hybrid idea has turned into reality, as China’s elevated bus has just undergone its first test run in Qinhuangdao. The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) was first touted in 2010 as a solution to the traffic woes in the country, and was revealed in miniature form during the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in May this year.

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Aug 2, 2016

Should George Osborne share honour with Stephen Hawking?

Posted by in category: futurism

What does George Osborne have in common with Stephen Hawking?

The answer is not much.

Not unless David Cameron’s controversial resignation honours list is approved.

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Aug 2, 2016

How computer algorithms shape our experience of the real world

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, robotics/AI, singularity

Interesting and true on many situations; and will only expand as we progress in areas of AI, QC, and Singularity as well.

The use of algorithms to filter and present information online is increasingly shaping our everyday experience of the real world, a study published by Information, Communication & Society argues.

Associate Professor Michele Willson of Curtin University, Perth, Australia looked at particular examples of computer algorithms and the questions they raise about personal agency, changing world views and our complex relationship with technologies.

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Aug 2, 2016

South Carolina patient has rare ‘brain-eating’ amoeba, CDC confirms

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Southern US is having a bad summer. Zika in FL and Brain eating amoebas in SC.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. — A patient in South Carolina has tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, the so-called “brain-eating amoeba,” The Centers for Disease Control confirmed in a statement.

Health officials think the patient may have been exposed during a July 24 swim at Martin’s Landing in the Edisto River, which runs through the southeast portion of the state through the Ernest F. Hollings Ace Basin National Wildlife park.

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