Source: Neurala

Source: Neurala

"...Neurala’s difference is in our DNA. Our first project for NASA was to design AI for autonomous planetary exploration. Supercomputers, GPS, active sensors, and Cloud were not an option. Essentially, we were asked to build AI that can run anywhere. To do that, we created The Neurala Brain, a highly efficient software which is based on the way brains work in nature. Today’s Neurala Brain builds upon that effort to enable industry-leading performance on devices with low-cost sensors and processors." Read more at

Elise Thomas writes at Hopes & Fears:

"Right now, in a handful of computing labs scattered across the world, new software is being developed which has the potential to completely change our relationship with technology. Affective computing is about creating technology which recognizes and responds to your emotions. Using webcams, microphones or biometric sensors, the software uses a person's physical reactions to analyze their emotional state, generating data which can then be used to monitor, mimic or manipulate that person’s emotions."


"Corporations spend billions each year trying to build "authentic" emotional connections to their target audiences. Marketing research is one of the most prolific research fields around, conducting thousands of studies on how to more effectively manipulate consumers’ decision-making. Advertisers are extremely interested in affective computing and particularly in a branch known as emotion analytics, which offers unprecedented real-time access to consumers' emotional reactions and the ability to program alternative responses depending on how the content is being received.

For example, if two people watch an advertisement with a joke and only one person laughs, the software can be programmed to show more of the same kind of advertising to the person who laughs while trying different sorts of advertising on the person who did not laugh to see if it's more effective. In essence, affective computing could enable advertisers to create individually-tailored advertising en masse."

"Say 15 years from now a particular brand of weight loss supplements obtains a particular girl's information and locks on. When she scrolls through her Facebook, she sees pictures of rail-thin celebrities, carefully calibrated to capture her attention. When she turns on the TV, it automatically starts on an episode of "The Biggest Loser," tracking her facial expressions to find the optimal moment for a supplement commercial. When she sets her music on shuffle, it "randomly" plays through a selection of the songs which make her sad. This goes on for weeks. 

Now let's add another layer. This girl is 14, and struggling with depression. She's being bullied in school. Having become the target of a deliberate and persistent campaign by her technology to undermine her body image and sense of self-worth, she's at risk of making some drastic choices."



"Yahoo has filed a patent for a type of smart billboard that would collect people's information and use it to deliver targeted ad content in real-time."

To achieve that functionality, the billboards would use a variety of sensor systems, including cameras and proximity technology, to capture real-time audio, video and even biometric information about potential target audiences.

But the tech company doesn’t just want to know about a passing vehicle. It also wants to know who the occupants are inside of it.

That’s why Yahoo is prepared to cooperate with cell towers and telecommunications companies to learn as much as possible about each vehicle’s occupants.

It goes on to explain in the application:

Various types of data (e.g., cell tower data, mobile app location data, image data, etc.) can be used to identify specific individuals in an audience in position to view advertising content. Similarly, vehicle navigation/tracking data from vehicles equipped with such systems could be used to identify specific vehicles and/or vehicle owners. Demographic data (e.g., as obtained from a marketing or user database) for the audience can thus be determined for the purpose of, for example, determining whether and/or the degree to which the demographic profile of the audience corresponds to a target demographic.
Vint Cerf, the living legend largely responsible for the development of the Internet protocol suite, has some concerns about history. In his current column for the Communications of the ACM, Cerf worries about the decreasing longevity of our media, and, thus, about our ability as a civilization to self-document—to have a historical record that one day far in the future might be remarked upon and learned from. Magnetic films do not quite have the staying power as clay tablets.

At stake, according to Cerf, is “the possibility that the centuries well before ours will be better known than ours will be unless we are persistent about preserving digital content. The earlier media seem to have a kind of timeless longevity while modern media from the 1800s forward seem to have shrinking lifetimes. Just as the monks and Muslims of the Middle Ages preserved content by copying into new media, won’t we need to do the same for our modern content?”

As media becomes more ephemeral across technological generations, the more it depends on the technological generation that comes next.

Also, depends on the mindset of the generation that comes next too... What if we don't even want to remember?


It never ceases to amaze me just how stupid screen culture is.

But now it's even parodying itself---in the way only the online spectacle can: by folding back into itself to keep us watching.

The problems and concerns, long since established, are all now just a big joke. Short attention spans. Superficial engagement with information. Advertising masquerading as content. The convergence of extremely powerful corporate empires that influence what we think, feel, and do, in a way never before possible. Distraction from the real world, while the real world burns.

The story of this first short is about the end of the world, and nobody even cares.  Could that be any more close to home?

There's also a short about an "Uber for people," invoking the themes of exploitation, surveillance, and the enslavement-addiction to technological solutions that parodies the screen culture of today---especially the mindset of "apps fix all."

Can we see this as one thing in terms of another?

Likewise with, "Enter the Hive Mind."

What will you do, when it's time you're asked to put your whole self into the global computer even more completely than now? What is your personal threshold? Will you continue to "breathe life" into the machine?


This short video explores how the online world has overwhelmingly become the popular outlet for public rage by briefly illustrating some of the many stories of everyday people which have suddenly become public enemy number one under the most misunderstood of circumstances and trivial narratives. With the web acting like a giant echo-chamber, amplifying false stories and feeding on the pent-up aggression of the audience watching the spectacle, The Outrage Machine shows how these systems froth the mob mentality into a hideous mess, as a good example of where the spectacle goes and how its intensity has to keep ratcheting up in order maintain the audience attention, in a culture of dwindling attention spans, distraction and triviality.

Filmmaker and author Jon Ronson also recently wrote a book about this topic too, which is quite good. So You've Been Publicly Shamed. His TED talk is essentially a 17 min overview:

And a longer presentation with interview and Q&A from earlier this year:

"Alphabet's [Google] executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, recently joined a Department of Defense advisory panel. Facebook recently hired a former director at the U.S. military's research lab, Darpa. Uber employs Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe and tapped his former spokesman Jay Carney. Google, Facebook, Uber and Apple collectively employ a couple of dozen former analysts for America's spy agencies, who openly list their resumes on LinkedIn.

These connections are neither new nor secret. But the fact they are so accepted illustrates how tech's leaders -- even amid current fights over encryption and surveillance -- are still seen as mostly U.S. firms that back up American values. Christopher Soghoian, a technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union, said low-level employees' government connections matter less than leading executives' ties to government. For instance, at least a dozen Google engineers have worked at the NSA, according to publicly available records on LinkedIn. And, this being Silicon Valley, not everyone who worked for a spy agency advertises that on LinkedIn. Soghoian, a vocal critic of mass surveillance, said Google hiring an ex-hacker for the NSA to work on security doesn't really bother him. "But Eric Schmidt having a close relationship with the White House does..."


Emphasis added.

"Jason Bourne takes off his jacket, punches a man unconscious, looks forlornly off camera, and then a title card appears. The ad -- five seconds of action -- is a teaser for the full Jason Bourne trailer (video), which immediately follows the teaser. In fact, the micro-teaser and trailer are actually part of the same video, the former being an intro for the latter. The trend is the latest example of metahype, a marketing technique in which brands promote their advertisements as if they're cultural events unto themselves."


"Last year, the studio advertised the teaser for Ant-Man with a ten-second cut of the footage reduced to an imperceptive scale. [...] But where previous metahype promoted key dates in a marketing campaign---like official trailer releases and fan celebrations---the burgeoning trend of teasers within trailers exist purely to retain the viewer's attention in that exact moment. The teaser within the trailer speaks to a moment in which we have so many distractions and choices that marketers must sell us on giving a trailer three minutes of our time. This practice isn't limited to movie trailers, though. Next time you're on Facebook, pay attention to how the popular videos in your newsfeed are edited. Is the most interesting image the first thing you see? And does that trick get you to stop scrolling and watch?"


".....The Alternate Anatomies Lab is an interdisciplinary lab that interrogates the aesthetics, the ethics and the engineering of prosthetics, robotics and virtual systems. Its interest encompasses the post-modern condition, post-humanism, identity, embodiment and the evoking of agency in machine systems. Thus it creatively incorporates biomechanics and biomimicry in exploring aliveness with robots. AAL aims to generate concepts of the future that can be contested, critically examined and possibly appropriated."

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Thanks KP and KMA



Tulevaisuudessa käteen voi syöttää vaikkapa bussikortin, passin, ajokortin, avaimet ja luottokortin.

Myymälä 2015 -tapahtumassa on luvassa huomenna historian havinaa, kun toimitusjohtaja Henry Brade lähettää matkapuhelimella rahaa Digital Health Solutionsintoimitusjohtajan Pekko Vehviläisen käteen. Kyseessä on ensimmäinen kerta maailmassa, kun ihmisessä olevaan mikrosiruun siirretään rahaa.

Vehviläisen käteen joulukuussa asennettuun mikrosiruun on tallennettu hänen bitcoin-lompakkonsa tiedot.

Maksuteknologia perustuu BitPay-yrityksen teknologiaan ja palveluun, jota Suomessa edustaa Maksamiseen soveltuvan teknologian toimittaa

Mihin käsirahaa ja käsisiruja sitten tarvitaan?

Vehviläinen muistuttaa, että lemmikeillä on ollut tunnistesiruja ihon alla jo parikymmentä vuotta.

”Tämä on muistisiru, johon voi kirjoittaa tai lähettää dataa, kuten tässä tapauksessa nfc-teknologialla. Tulevaisuudessa käteen voi periaatteessa syöttää vaikkapa bussikortin, passin, ajokortin, avaimet ja vaikka luottokortin”, hän visioi.

”Sirun käyttö yleistynee vasta kymmenen vuoden kuluttua, mutta olisi todella mielenkiintoista testata sirua jo nyt esimerkiksi juuri bussiliikenteessä.”

Vehviläinen muistuttaa, että kyse on myös turvallisuudesta: biohakkerointi yleistyy ja toisaalta kädessä oleva virtuaalilompakko kulkee aina mukana. Siitä ei käyttäjän huomaamatta voi viedä rahaa tai tietoja.

Vielä Vehviläinen ei voi käyttää kättään maksamiseen, mutta sirulle voi jo lähettää rahaa ja sitä voi käyttää netin kautta.

”Yhdysvalloissa Dangerous Thingsin perustaja säilöö sirussa kotiavaimiaan ja avaa kädellään myös tietokoneen. Noin tuhannella ihmisellä on tiettävästi siruja, ja valtaosa heistä käyttää sitä esimerkiksi juuri avaimina”, Vehviläinen kertoo.

”Muu käyttö on lähinnä jonkun sovelluksen avaamista matkapuhelimessa. Kun kosketat kättä, haluttu sovellus matkapuhelimessa aukeaa. Näin voi helposti esimerkiksi soittaa tiettyyn numeroon. Kun autossa koskettaa telineessä olevaa matkapuhelinta, soitto käynnistyy ja puhut suoraan hands-freehen.”

Siru on noin 12 millimetriä pitkä, kaksi millimetriä paksu ja se maksaa noin sata dollaria.

”Asennus tuntui pieneltä nipistykseltä eikä siru ole haitannut mitenkään edes kamppailulajien harrastusta”, Vehviläinen kertoo.


ENGLISH translated version using Google translate:

In the future, the hand can enter, say, a bus card, passport, driving license, keys and credit card.

Shop 2015 event will be like tomorrow of history, when CEO Henry Brade to send money to a mobile phone Digital Healthcare Solutions' CEO Pekko Vehviläinen hand. This is the first time in the world, the man the money is transferred to the microchip.

Vehviläinen hand in December installed on the microchip is stored in his bitcoin-wallet information.

Payment technology is based on BitPay company in technology and service, which is represented in Finland The payment of appropriate technology to provide

What is a down payment and then hand the chips are needed?

Vehviläinen points out that pets have been identified chips under the skin for twenty years.

"This is a memory chip, which you can write or send data, such as in this case, the NFC technology. In the future, the hand can, in principle, to enter, say, a bus card, passport, driving license, keys, and even if the credit card, "he says.

"The use of the chip set to spread only after ten years, but it would be really interesting to test the chip already, for example, just a bus in traffic."

Vehviläinen points out that it is also about safety: Biohacking widespread and on the other hand, the virtual wallet is always with you. It is not the user noticing can take money or information.

Vehviläinen still can not be used for payment of his hand, but the chip may send money already and can be used via the internet.

"Dangerous Things in the United States the founder of storing chip kotiavaimiaan and opens his hand to the computer. Around a thousand people have reportedly chips, and the majority of them use it, for example, just as the keys ", she says.

"Any other use is essentially any application for opening mobile phone. When you touch the hand, the desired application from the mobile phone is opened. Thus, for example, can easily call a specific number. When the car touches the rack of the mobile phone, the call will start and you're talking directly to the hands-freehen. "

The chip is about 12 mm long, two millimeters thick, and it costs about a hundred dollars.

"The installation seemed small and pinches the chip is not hindered in any way, even martial arts hobby", she says.

“From the privacy perspective, we are of course pleased to see Google drop this product,” Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, wrote in an email. “And it is a very big deal when Google backs down, particularly after its big push.”

He continued: “But it is also speaks to a larger issue in tech design about privacy. Eyeglass-mounted web display and phone for those who wanted it? Not really a problem. Surveillance and recording of those around the user? Yeah, that’s a problem.”

More here



Thanks for the link KMA.

"Ladies and gents, put down your technology and have more sex.
That's the advice from a team of scientists who found people are becoming so enveloped by their phone and tablets that their love lives are being put on the back burner. 
So if you are one of those reading this on your smartphone in bed, a glance across the sheets is likely to reveal your partner is engrossed in theirs too.
The researchers discovered 70 per cent of women said smartphones were interfering in their romantic relationship. 
The study said technology and the screens that consume us are creating 'technoference' in couples."

More here

Compare to declining birth rate in Japan in this article here. Could there be a link?

"Various reasons have been cited for the population decline, including:
  • The rising cost of childbirth and child-raising
  • The increasing number of women in the workforce
  • The later average age of marriage
  • The increasing number of unmarried people
  • Changes in the housing environment and in social customs."

"M.G. Michael and Katina Michael (2010) describe this "carceral" phase of power relations with the concept of "uberveillance"- "the sum total of all types of surveillance and the deliberate integration of an individual's personal data for the continuous tracking and monitoring of identity and location in real time" (10). Under the digital conditions of "uberveillance," therefore, mobile tracking is most usefully viewed both as a new experiment in power enforcement and as one of the spatial designs of power in the wireless world of "flows." Elliot and Urry (2010) depict this "uberveillant phase" as a digital "Orwellianization" of self and society, in which there is essentially no movement without digital tracing or tracking" (150)."

Kwang-Suk Lee (2012) IT Development in Korea: A Broadband Nirvana? Routledge.