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Man Controls Robotic Hand with Mind

Man Controls Robotic Hand with Mind

Man Chooses to Cut Off His Hand – And Get a Bionic One (video For the second time in a calendar year, a patient has chosen to cut off his own hand so that he could be fitted with a bionic one. It is a testament to the progress of bionics that patients are beginning to favor the technological alternative over ineffective biological treatments. Milo In 2001, while on vacation in his native Serbia, the patient called “Milo” was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He skidded into a lamppost, crushing his leg and right shoulder. The bionic hand, manufactured by the German prosthetics company Otto Bock, is equipped with six sensors that overly the skin and detect neuronal signals in the forearm. Milo just woke from surgery earlier this week and hasn’t had time yet to verify the operation’s success. Patrick Last year a 24-year old Austrian man named Patrick became one of the first patients ever to undergo ‘elective amputation’ surgery. Now, Patrick can tie his shoes again, and he can fill a glass with water without dropping or breaking it.

Nanorobotics Nanorobotics is the emerging technology field creating machines or robots whose components are at or close to the scale of a nanometer (10−9 meters).[1][2][3] More specifically, nanorobotics refers to the nanotechnology engineering discipline of designing and building nanorobots, with devices ranging in size from 0.1–10 micrometers and constructed of nanoscale or molecular components.[4][5] The names nanobots, nanoids, nanites, nanomachines or nanomites have also been used to describe these devices currently under research and development.[6][7] Nanomachines are largely in the research-and-development phase,[8] but some primitive molecular machines and nanomotors have been tested. An example is a sensor having a switch approximately 1.5 nanometers across, capable of counting specific molecules in a chemical sample. Another definition is a robot that allows precision interactions with nanoscale objects, or can manipulate with nanoscale resolution. Nanorobotics theory[edit] Biochip[edit] Augmented reality guru Bruce Sterling shared a fascinating video on his blog Beyond the Beyond today that shows a developer building an AR application without any programming language in just shy of five minutes. Using the Mac-based visual design app Quartz Composer and few additional plugins, the developer (apparently a Russian named Vladmir, according to his YouTube account) quickly assembles the application using Quartz's visual Yahoo Pipes-like interface. The video embedded above is pretty easy to follow despite being a screencast of a complex design application. The developer simply drags and drops a few elements onto the screen to initialize the video input device, recognize a marker, and incorporate a 3D model of a teapot. After connecting a few dots and tweaking some settings, we see the teapot appearing on an AR marker via the developer's webcam.

Custom Fit Bionic Fingers Work Like The Real Thing (Video Touch Bionics is moving forward with its prosthetic fingers. They have much of the same capability as the i-Limb, but customized to each amputee's unique physiology. In the world of prosthetics, there’s really no such thing as “one size fits all.” There’s been a ton of really exciting news about prosthetics this year. Typically a mechanized prosthesis can handle one kind of input: pressure sensitive pads, electrical signals measured from the skin, or wires directly connected to nerves. As each prosthesis is different, and each patient has a different amputation, getting Pro-Digits to respond to myo-electric control can take some calibration. One of the really remarkable features of Pro-Digits is that they can be cosmetically matched to the rest of your body. It took me a few seconds to recognize the i-Limb on the right. I guess the i-Limb is the one on top? [photo and video credit: Touch Bionics]

Ken Rinaldo; Autopoiesis is a group consciousness of interactive robotic sculptures - robotic art Autopoiesis, is a robotic sculpture installation commissioned by the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, Finland as part of Outoaly, the Alien Intelligence Exhibition curated by Erkki Huhtamo, 2000. It consists of fifteen robotic sound sculptures that interact with the public and modify their behaviors over time. These behaviors change based on feedback from infrared sensors, the presence of the participant/viewers in the exhibition and the communication between each separate sculpture. Autopoiesis utilizes a number of unique approaches to create this complex and evolving environment. Furthermore, in Autopoiesis the robotic sensors compare their sensor data through a central-state controller, so the viewer is able to walk through the sculptural installation and have the arms interact both individually and as a group. The sculptures communicate using bit strings as information and they exchange this data serially, interconnecting all the sculptures. Acknowledgements:

Que se passera-t-il le jour où les ordinateurs seront plus intelligents que les humains La lecture de la semaine, il s’agit d’un article extrait du numéro d’avril du magazine The Walrus, mensuel canadien de Toronto. On le doit à Alex Hutchinson et il s’intitule “Déficit d’intelligence : que se passera-t-il le jour où les ordinateurs seront plus intelligents que les humains ?” Un jour dans le siècle qui vient – et peut-être plus tôt que vous ne croyez, commence Hutchinson – des chercheurs arriveront sans doute à créer une intelligence artificielle plus performante que la nôtre. Image : La page d’accueil de la Lifeboat Fondation. L’auteur rappelle que Vernor Vinge, le mathématicien et informaticien américain, avait nommé ce moment de l’histoire la “Singularité technologique” et qu’il l’imaginait advenir avant 2030. C’est à ce dernier que s’intéresse particulièrement cet article, car Sawyer, non content d’être un auteur de science-fiction à succès, siège à la Fondation Lifeboat. Et on peut tout à fait voir là une menace pour l’humanité. 1. Xavier de la Porte

Resources : Autopoiesis There exists a large body of work by two Chilean biologists, Humberto Maturana and Francisco J. Varela, usually referred to collectively as Autopoietic theory. At the heart of this work lies the description of a process, called 'Autopoiesis'. This body of theory concerns the dynamics of living systems, purporting to answer the question "what is the characteristic organization of living systems?" Maturana-the-biologist was unhappy with enumerating features of living systems to define 'life', and wanted to capture the invariant feature of living systems around which natural selection operates. The process called 'Autopoiesis' purports to capture this invariant feature of living systems, which are characterised as 'living machines'. The wider body of Autopoietic theory expresses this idea, and a number of other ideas supporting and expanding on it, representing a complete and coherent worldview.

Custoprothetik The Law of Accelerating Returns An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense “intuitive linear” view. So we won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century — it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate). The “returns,” such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. You will get $40 trillion just by reading this essay and understanding what it says. Now back to the future: it’s widely misunderstood. The Intuitive Linear View versus the Historical Exponential View Most long range forecasts of technical feasibility in future time periods dramatically underestimate the power of future technology because they are based on what I call the “intuitive linear” view of technological progress rather than the “historical exponential view.” When people think of a future period, they intuitively assume that the current rate of progress will continue for future periods. The Law of Accelerating Returns

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