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First: Do No Harm. Second: Keep Others From Doing It.
In the wake of discoveries that some medical devices are vulnerable to remote tampering via the Internet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)issued new guidelines this week that are meant to direct medical device manufacturers in beefing up security. The hope is that we’ll never have to read about—or worse, personally experience—death or injury because some malware-infected gadget didn’t work the way it should.
Read full report here.
This is the flat, flat world according to Jony Ive.
Read accompanying article by Wired here.
Activity observed in the brain when using a “mind machine” is similar to how the brain learns new motor skills, scientists have found.
Participants’ neural activity was recorded by using sensors implanted in their brain, which were linked to a computer that translated electrical impulses into actions.
The researchers believe people will be able to perform increasingly complex tasks just by thinking them.
The study is published in PNAS journal.
Image credit: V.J. Wedeen and L.L. Wald, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH
Drones that can deliver goods are shown off at TEDGlobal as speakers debate the future for autonomous airborne vehicles. Read more on this here.
Drones are helping to count dwindling orangutan populations
A group of Oxford dons are spending roughly the same amount per month as a gym membership to be cryo-preserved after they die - or frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196C.
The hope is that in a few hundred years, technology will be developed enough to revive them.
Anders Sandberg told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme’s Evan Davis that that he is one of the academics planning to have his head frozen.
Listen to the interview here.
Cool new technology guiding the visually impaired
The OrCam device is a small camera worn in the style of Google Glass, connected by a thin cable to a portable computer designed to fit in the wearer’s pocket. The system clips on to the wearer’s glasses with a small magnet and uses a bone-conduction speaker to offer clear speech as it reads aloud the words or object pointed to by the user.
The system is designed to both recognize and speak “text in the wild,” a term used to describe newspaper articles as well as bus numbers, and objects as diverse as landmarks, traffic lights and the faces of friends.
Deafness is a disability that affects more than 5%1 of people in the world. That’s more than 360million people. In hearing loss, one or more of the three main ear structures is damaged.
Check out this brilliant interactive animation, demonstrating how hearing happens.
1 (WHO, report February 2013)
Look No Hands! Pilotless airplane trialled in UK airspace
First reported by the BBC, the plane pictured above flew a 500-mile journey, controlled by a pilot on the ground, instructed by the National Air Traffic Services.
There were no passengers, but the 16-seater aircraft flew in airspace shared with passenger carriers.
Known as “the Flying Testbed”, it contains on-board sensors and robotics to identify and avoid hazards.
Pilotless passenger planes are a reality of our future.
The power of mind
Watch how these three guys, despite their physical disability, are able to create a tune by just using their minds.
Hat tip to wildcat2030 for original post.
Drone police to crack down on graffiti artists.
The BBC reports that Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property.
The above image shows a glass sculpture of a HIV particle. It was made by UK artist Luke Jerram, who received this letter in response from an anonymous fan in 2009:
Researchers found a frozen female woolly mammoth on an island in the Arctic Ocean. It seems that in this finding the 10,000-year-old carcass is so-well preserved that it still has some blood and muscle tissue, which could be used to bring the woolly mammoth back to life by cloning it scientists say. The question here is: real or just a hoax?
This discovery could help researchers develop an early detection test for severe seizure disorders. Childhood epilepsy is often linked to developmental and intellectual problems later in life, so being able to diagnose it early could help improve outcomes and treat children as young as possible.