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Let’s see if we can take this to another level. Here’s an open letter to President Obama about why he should be supporting the project.
Dear President Obama:
It’s been said that you are our nation’s first geek president: A fanboy’s love of comic books, Mister Spock’s logical behavior,…
|—||Derrick de Kerckhove—professor, author and expert in the intersection of culture and technology (via jonathanmoore)|
In the first half of 2011, Internet Ad Revenue is at $14,941 billion and up 23% from last year. Just think about that for a second. That is a gigantic sum of money poured into online ads. Each year it keeps going up too.
Some might think of the Internet as an endless galaxy of stars and planets. It never seems to end as you can jump from webpage to webpage all over the world. Every day the Internet gets bigger. How many pages are there though on the Internet?
President Barack Obama and actor Gary Busey mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder with friends and staff in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, March 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Calendars help me keep everything straight. Aside from the adorable illustrations, this Zodiac calendar comes with a personality description for each sign.
I’ve never cared much for dream interpretation. Most of our remembered dreams have always seemed like our minds filling gaps in dreams with our previous experiences and perceptions. Sorry to the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic people out there, but I never bought into it.
This is actually pretty amazing. Scientists have begun to reconstruct images from dreams and hallucinations.
It sounds like science fiction: While volunteers watched movie clips, a scanner watched their brains. And from their brain activity, a computer made rough reconstructions of what they viewed.
The reconstructions are blends of the YouTube snippets, which makes them blurry. Some are better than others. If a human appeared in the original clip, a human form generally showed up in the reconstruction. But one clip that showed elephants walking left to right led to a reconstruction that looked like “a shambling mound,” Gallant said. The YouTube clips hadn’t shown elephants and so “we just had to make do with what we had.”
The quality could be improved by better techniques to blend human forms, as well as a bigger storehouse of moving images, he said.
Still, the overall results are “one of the most impressive demonstrations of the scientific knowledge of how the visual system works,” said Marcel Just, director of the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University.
Think about the possibilities. How much would you pay to have your dreams reconstructed? What about visual representations of schizophrenic hallucinations? Could we apply this technology to coma patients and see what they are experiencing? This is a peek inside the human mind AND the human visual system.