Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Now a real sign of the rosy future

From my buddy TF comes this amazing video:

Completely mind controlled!!!
To use the system, a person wears a lightweight sensor band around the neck. The band picks up the larynx nerve signals and transmits them wirelessly to a remote computer (don't worry about "mind wiretapping" -- the transmission is encrypted.) The remote computer uses NI LabVIEW and signal processing algorithms to interpret the nerve-impulse patterns and translate them into the right commands.

The system is not plug-and-play. It does require some training until its algorithms learn to "read your mind" (accuracy is above 70 percent). But at least it doesn't require Matrix-style brain interfaces or a tangle of EEG electrodes wrapped around your head

There are some links about it:

Spectrum Online

Company website: Ambient

Today's sign of a rosy future

Clearly, reports of the increasing crappiness of world airlines have been overblown (see all Indonesian airlines, all US airlines...etc.). From Nepal, comes this gem. And I am all for religious freedom, being a hybrid abrahaimic-atheist-agnostic-animist myself, but this seems to lead me to ask MORE questions about the company, not instill deep confidence:
Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
What if Alitalia had a technical problem and then they trucked the pope around to all the planes in the hanger and had him bless each one? That would be funny.