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A Brain-Computer Interface for Speech | MIT Technology Review -
Recordings from the brain’s surface are giving scientists unprecedented views into how the brain controls speech.
Opening Ceremony Spring 2015.
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The problem isn’t that the justices are old fogeys. The problem is that the justices were groomed in a field that emphasizes reasoning by analogy. And analogies were critical in these cases: The Aereo decision, for example, hinged on whether the company was more like an equipment provider or a cable company; the Riley and Wurie decisions addressed whether cell phones are sufficiently analogous to wallets. But emerging technology is, by definition, about breaking away from history. Perhaps reason by analogy hamstrings innovation, or perhaps it promotes impartial decision-making. In any event, it helps explain why the justices sometimes say such silly things. — The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem - Salon.com (via infoneer-pulse)
Just add a smartphone: Google Cardboard headset revolutionises DIY virtual reality
Meet Google Cardboard, a gadget made from materials worth about $30 that houses any modern Android smartphone to create a basic virtual-reality headset.
The invention – which has similar capabilities to the $US350 Facebook-owned Oculus Rift – is truly amazing. It’s like putting a computer in front of your face and comes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional VR headset when you exclude the cost of your existing smartphone.
Full Story: SMH
Second Life’s second act will be a social network for virtual reality
Sean Buckley, engadget.com
Eight years ago, I was slouching through my college’s required mass-media course and silently groaning while my professor excitedly mapped out the promises of Second Life. That online virtual world, where players create items, clothe…
Unblinking Eyes Track Employees
Advanced technological tools are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, with the promise of fundamentally changing how we work — along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace.
Full Story: NYT
Obama announces: National Disaster Resilience Competition | The White House -
On June 14, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
The competition announced today will support innovative resilience projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future. As last month’s National Climate Assessment made clear, climate change is no longer a distant threat. Average temperatures across the United States have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since recordkeeping began in 1895. Heat waves, hurricanes, and severe storms have all become more frequent and more intense. And sea level rise is causing some communities to flood at high tides and threatening homes and critical infrastructure. These facts underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.Communities across the country are contending with more frequent or severe storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire, and have already recognized that in order to be prepared they must plan differently for a new and more uncertain reality. The competition underscores the ability communities have to not only recover from recent disasters but also rebuild better and stronger for the future.
When You Move Your Hand, This Room Changes Shape
We’re used to using gestures like swiping and tapping to control smartphone apps. But could we use the same movements to change the physical world around us?
When eureka moments occur, they tend to be precipitated by long periods of preparation and incubation, and to strike when the mind is relaxed. — Secrets of the Creative Brain - Nancy Andreasen, Atlantic Wire