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The Neural Micro-circuitry of the Brain & Exceeding the Limits of Human Biological Intelligence

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Suppose you could determine the basic structure of the human brains neocortex.  Suppose you could understand the basic elements and  connections that make up that structure.  Suppose you could write equations that simulated those entities and connections.

Now suppose you you had the backing of IBM (Big Blue) and 10,000+ machines to run a simulation of the human brain.  What would you find out?

Watch this 15 minute TED presentation with Prof. Henry Markram of the Neural Microcircuity Laboratory and wonder at the trajectory of brain research.  Such research into the micro circuitry of the human brain may lead to the ultimate understanding of human perception (construction) of Reality, the origin of human consciousness, and perhaps signal an impending future when the capability of computers to simulate human intelligence in silicon may exceed the capability of human biological intelligence.

The blue brain project –

Related –

The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.

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November 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

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Blast from the Past – Heathkit catalogs and Learn-as-you-build Radio Education Course

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Heathkit – Learn electronics as you build – Basic Radio Course (1960)

Heathkit – 1978 Catalog

Heathkit – 1951 Catalog

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November 27, 2009 at 1:20 am

WiTricity – Wireless Electricity

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Finally, 100 years after Tesla…

Early visions of wireless power actually were thought of by Nikola Tesla basically about 100 years ago. The thought that you wouldn’t want to transfer electric power wirelessly, no one ever thought of that. They thought, “Who would use it if you didn’t?” And so, in fact, he actually set about doing a variety of things. Built the Tesla coil. This tower was built on Long Island back at the beginning of the 1900s. And the idea was, it was supposed to be able to transfer power anywhere on earth. We’ll never know if this stuff worked. Actually I think the Federal Bureau of Investigation took it down for security purposes, sometime in the early 1900s.

What happened back a few years ago was a group of theoretical physicists at MIT actually came up with this concept of transferring power over distance…

Read about WiTricity and see it demonstrated…

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November 26, 2009 at 1:22 am

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Vintage and Antique Radio Resources

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Remembering the past.  Drake, Collins, Heathkit, and more.
Here are resources to get you linked up with the history of Amateur and Broadcast radio.

Drake, Collins, and Heathkit Radios
Vintage radio refurbishing and restoration (pictures)

Drake Virtua Museum

Antique Radio Parts

Boat Anchor Manual Archive

Nostalgia Air – Online Antique and Vintage Radio References

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November 25, 2009 at 1:23 am

The “Illustrated Man” – implantable LED Tatoos

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The world is full of unprecedented opportunity.  For those who think that companies can not continue to grow year after year don’t realize that human desires are infinite and unquenchable.  This drives infinite product innovation.

So, what’s new at the University of Pennsylvania and Phillips?

New LED tattoos from the University of Pennsylvania could make the Illustrated Man real (minus the creepy stories, of course). Researchers there are developing silicon-and-silk implantable devices which sit under the skin like a tattoo. Already implanted into mice, these tattoos could carry LEDs, turning your skin into a screen.

The silk substrate onto which the chips are mounted eventually dissolves away inside the body, leaving just the electronics behind. The silicon chips are around the length of a small grain of rice — about 1 millimeter, and just 250 nanometers thick. The sheet of silk will keep them in place, molding to the shape of the skin when saline solution is added.

The following video may be too much for “sensitive viewers”

We, of course, are considering the geekier side of this tech. GPS, with a map readout on the back of the wrist would certainly be useful, as would chips that cover your eyeballs and can darken down when the sun is shining too bright.

And a full-body display will eventually be used for advertising. Combine this with bioluminescent ink, for example, and you could turn yourself into a small, walking version of Times Square. At least, unlike a real tattoo, you can switch this one off.

Here is the story from Wired Magazine

In fact, if you start to imagine the possible uses, they seems almost endless. Just like the stories that play across the body of the Illustrated Man.

And for those not familiar with The Illustrated Man –

Related – Bio-luminescence –

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November 21, 2009 at 1:24 am

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Radio Hams – “Heroes of the air; serving humanity”

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November 17, 2009 at 1:25 am

Your Guide to “television” de-coupled from dedicated appliances and appointment viewing

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Finally, here is is a “TV Guide” for television that is not television.  Well, television that does not require a specific  receiving “appliance” or “appointment viewing”. Uh, video, you know, “moving images” not on a television.    Exactly what is going on here?  Content decoupled from traditional reception appliances and appointment viewing – what will they think of next?

Here is your video “TV Guide” in the age of disruptive technology.

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November 15, 2009 at 1:26 am

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