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Augment Your Body With Brainwave-Controlled Cat Ears

Completely real and available for purchase now from Japanese startup outfit Neurowear. Being a bionic cyber-feline has never looked cuter. Via Wired UK:
The ears twitch through a range of different positions, which correspond to different brain activity. So when you concentrate, the ears point upwards and when you relax the ears flop down and forwards. Mind control isn't new, but lately advances have been made to make mass market control devices at affordable prices.
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Your Brain on Computers – Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org. Source: Matt Britt (CC)

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org. Source: Matt Britt (CC)

Sounds like a good way to expense your summer vacation for these scientists! But on the other hand, the research may actually be very instructive as to how much time we should spend connected to computers and the Internet. Report from the New York Times:

…Mr. Braver, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, was one of five neuroscientists on an unusual journey. They spent a week in late May in this remote area of southern Utah, rafting the San Juan River, camping on the soft banks and hiking the tributary canyons.

It was a primitive trip with a sophisticated goal: to understand how heavy use of digital devices and other technology changes how we think and behave, and how a retreat into nature might reverse those effects…

Some of the scientists say a vacation like this hardly warrants much scrutiny.

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Researchers Build Evolving Brain Computer

"We have mimicked how neurons behave in the brain," announces an international research team from Japan and Michigan Tech. They've built an "evolutionary circuit" in a molecular computer that evolves to solve complex problems, and the molecular computer also exhibits brain-like massive parallel processing! "The neat part is, approximately 300 molecules talk with each other at a time during information processing...
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Microsoft-Borg Wearable Windows / Smartphone Eye Display

Kopin makes advanced night vision goggles and thermal weapon sights for the U.S. Army, but they'll soon be releasing a wearable Windows/smartphone eye display! Imagine your smartphone feeding information to a virtual 15-inch Microsoft Windows PC display that sits in front of one eye, just beneath your line of sight. You speak commands using hands-free speech recognition to control both wireless access to the internet and your phone...
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$10 Million Bounty For A Brain-Computer Interface

Peter Diamandis just held a workshop at MIT discussing a $10 million "X-Prize" for building a brain-computer interface! Besides the ability to communicate by thought, the article argues, a Brain-Computer Interface X Prize "will reward nothing less than a team that provides vision to the blind, new bodies to disabled people, and perhaps even a geographical 'sixth sense' akin to a GPS iPhone app in the brain." And one software engineer argues the technology could become commercially available within the next 10 years.
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