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  • plugging in the brain

    The goal of brain-to-digital interfaces has been the stuff of science fiction for decades, but is edging closer to science fact. The recent use of high-density electrocorticography (ECoG) to achieve ~60% success rates in “mind reading” points toward these capabilities becoming reality sooner rather than later. When combined with IoT sensor networks (including body computing/wearables) and rapidly…

  • once upon a time…

    Life used to be simple. You got up, you went to work, you came home, you ate dinner, you watched TV. On the weekends you’d go to the movies. There was a very clean line between TV and movies – small screen vs big screen, at home vs in a theater. Ahh, the simple life.…

  • the ugly side of tech

    While the news is awash in various Facebook mis-steps (Cambridge Analytica being the most recent driver), the latest “smoking gun” is a memo written by Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth in 2016 talking about the ends justifying the means. While most of the press is clickbaiting with this “horrible memo” etc, a piece on The Atlantic…

  • when bad photoshop turns political

    Usually photoshop is done for comic effect, or to clean up or composite an image to make a point. Sometimes it is done in jest, sometimes with malice (e.g. skankhunt42). But sometimes it is just plain stupid – and stupid can have real world implications. To wit, the Arrival poster that shows the alien craft…

  • fit just a bit (or not)

    A recent study indicates that fitness bands/watches don’t necessarily help people lose weight. And in some cases, it can cause weight gain. The telling quote in the piece: So should you bin your Fitbit? Not yet. Jakicic thinks that combining this technology with behavioral research can help scientists figure out which groups of people benefit…

  • when real isn’t real and virtual isn’t virtual

    This is a great article, and echoes much of what I’ve been saying for some time now. Virtual doesn’t obviate previous forms of representation, nor does it replace physical reality. While it is a new medium, it still is just that – a medium, and not a reality.

  • the unbearable lightness of hacking

    The saying goes that the military is always fighting the last war – meaning that their forces and planning for the next conflict invariably are influenced by previous actions. The problem is, digital has changed everything, and the idea of tank columns or even urban conflict probably need to be put on the back burner.…

  • Matsuda piece

    An excellent dystopian view of the future. If the commercial sector has its way, this actually is a future documentary. <iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/166807261?color=c9ff23&portrait=0&badge=0″ width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/166807261″>HYPER-REALITY</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/chocobaby”>Keiichi Matsuda</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>    

  • facial dance

    One criticism of virtual (and video conferencing for that matter) is that the subtle non-verbal cues are lost in translation (or not captured at all). These are critical for human communication, and it is interesting to see what we learn about the brain and where/how/why these signals are processed. Often we forget that half of…

  • ewww skin

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  • you’re not sharing!

    Evidently Facebook isn’t getting enough of your dirt. In an era where you are the product (i.e. FB and Google’s biz model), keeping momentum and figuring out how to incentivize the user will increasingly be a challenge. You’re battling shiny object syndrome, user fatigue, and many other issues. Best of luck with that. Personally, I…

  • future warfare

    The future of warfare has already happened. The US and Israel with stuxnet (against Iran), and now it is coming to light that Iran fired back between 2011-2013 with various cyber attacks including trying to take over control of a dam in upstate NY. Damn! Mama, you better let your babies grow up to be…