Are all new things a mash-up of what came before? A Q&A with Kirby Ferguson In today’s TEDTalk, director Kirby Ferguson outlines a bold vision of creativity — that it’s not about dreaming up a new song, a new piece of art or a new form of technology in a vacuum, but instead about remixing what has come before. In his fast-paced talk, Kirby reveals that many of our most iconic thinkers — from Henry Ford to Bob Dylan — embraced this idea of what it means to create. As we watched Kirby’s talk, a slew of questions popped to mind. What does this mean for creative people? Can we reach a point where ideas become too self-referential?
You Need To See This 17-Minute Film Set Entirely On A Teen's Computer Screen These words are probably unfurling inside one of many open tabs on your computer screen. Perhaps one tab is for work, one is for chatting, and another is for Twitter. You probably even have some others open for no particular reason. This is the way we receive information and the way we communicate now: constantly, simultaneously, compulsively, endlessly, and more and more often, solitarily. This strange new mode of living—and its indelible effect on our humanity—is perfectly captured in a new short film that debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 17-minute, mildly NSFW Noah is unlike anything you've seen before in a movie—only because it is exactly like what many of us see on our computers all the time.
2 : À la recherche de Dieu dans le cerveau : le Dr. Mario Beauregard, neuroscientifique canadien Welcome, esteemed viewers to today’s Science an Spirituality featuring Dr. Mario Beauregard an associate research professor in the departments of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Montreal in Canada. Dr. You Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App Soon you could read all 309 pages of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in under 77 minutes. Yes, you. To get through it that quickly (a pace of 1,000 words a minute) you'll have to use an about-to-be released app and forgo the idea of reading page by page. With Spritz, which is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch, words appear one at a time in rapid succession.
5 Future Technology Myths" The flying car has been prophesied for decades. It's one of the holy grails of the futuristic, utopian society, where everyone gets to zip around through the air and land easily, quietly and safely wherever he or she wants. You've probably seen videos of flying-car prototypes, taking off from the ground, hovering and possibly crashing. But the first "autoplane" was actually unveiled in 1917, and many similar efforts have followed.
1 : À la recherche de Dieu dans le cerveau : le Dr. Mario Beauregard, neuroscientifique canadien Welcome, esteemed viewers to today’s Science an Spirituality featuring Dr. Mario Beauregard an associate research professor in the departments of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Montreal in Canada. Dr. Beauregard is known for the 2008 book “The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul,” which he co-authored with journalist Denyse O’Leary.
Some Body: How Yoga Taught Me To Finally Respect My Physical Self For the first time, I saw my body as something actual rather than as an abstraction. I realized it was just as important as my mind. It was my vessel, the only mode of transport I have. If I was going to make any sense at all of the small corner of reality that I’ve been given, I was going to have to use my body, and become as fully aware of its processes as possible. 10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Technology" As the world gets smaller by sharing more and more of the same cyberspace and social tools, we are, like it or not, becoming a bigger collective target for the bad guys. While our data puts us all "out there" in many ways, that same data enables those involved in dark networks and activities to get lost and take on false, covert identities in order to plan bigger and bigger attacks. Anonymous is one such dark group involved in "hactivism," having found its way into sensitive stores of information from the likes of the FBI, Visa and Mastercard, and government Web sites from the U.K. to China, causing large-scale, disabling computer terror. It functions as a collective of many individuals and spreads its login and computer activities thin enough to lead authorities in too many directions to track, and its acts target everything from politics to commerce.
YD SXSW Giveaway: ‘Yoga for Computer Users’ By Sandy Blaine Attention Austinites and those descending on the Texas capital this week, YD will be at South by Southwest (aka SXSW)! Head y’dork’ll be co-presenting a panel AND teaching a morning yoga class to the sleepy nerds. Cue the geek meditation: There will be no MIT-designed disco yoga mat or high-tech posture-correcting gadget, BUT we will surely be having the best ‘ol time we can have in gray-scaled and carpeted convention center. Check out our panel YogaDOTCalm: Streamlining Productivity and Focus, and all of the morning yoga sessions here and meditation sessions here. As part of our inspiration for the panel which is all about how to use yoga and meditation to help you do your job (aka life) better, we will be referencing this handy book (A LOT): Yoga for Computer Users by Sandy Blaine.
Being someone else: How virtual reality is allowing men and women to swap bodies It’s disorienting to look in the mirror and see yourself as another gender. I’m wearing my Oculus Rift development kit, and the virtual reality hardware gives me the illusion of being in a comfortable room in an Italian villa. There is a mirror in the room, and in it I don’t see myself, but a woman.
This is Your Brain on Yoga We all know that yoga does wonders for the mind. Even novices of asana, pranayama, and meditation report feeling increased mental stability and clarity during and after practice. Now, thanks to sophisticated brain imaging technologies, neuroscience is proving what teachers and practitioners have known for ages—that yoga and meditation can literally change your brain. But what exactly is going on up there? Take a peek inside—a basic understanding of brain anatomy and function can serve as a handy road map for your inner journey. The frontal lobe is the hub of higher cognitive functions—including planning, discriminating, abstract thinking, personality, and behavior.