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Mind Controlled Bionic Arm Can Play Piano

Engineers develop a mind-controlled prosthetic arm dexterous enough to play piano

This summer the team hit a critical milestone when it finished Proto 2, a thought-controlled mechanical arm—complete with hand and articulated fingers—that can perform 25 joint motions. This dexterity approaches that of a native arm, which can make 30 motions, and trumps the previously most agile bionic arm, the Proto 1, which could bend at the elbow, rotate its wrist and shoulder, and open and close its fingers. A person wearing a Proto 2 could conceivably play the piano.




How long before we voluntarily have our limbs amputated to replace them with superior technology?

Also see The Future Of Mind Control.

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #21

Luddites across the globe… eat your heart out!

(And yes, I deliberately put all the cool stuff on top to piss off luddites.)

Be sure to watch this ‘ere video. It’ll blow your socks off.

Especially if your a Trekkie. Then you simply cannot afford to not watch it.

Microsofts Multi Touch Surface

DARPA’s Better Bionic Arm: Our Most Limb-Like Prosthetic

Bear robot rescues wounded troops

Move to create less clumsy robots

Drivers Unwanted: MIT ‘Robocar’ takes a spin

Japanse man gives robot a woman’s touch

First 100% Solar Powered Community In California Opens

Genome of DNA Pioneer Is Deciphered

Dutch try to grow enviro-friendly meat in lab

Single spinning nuclei in diamond offers stable quantum computing building block

Human Stem Cell Treatment Restores Motor Function in Paralyzed Rats

Japanese Researchers Develop Creepiest Robot Ever

Scientists Move Closer to Turning Skin Cells Into Tissues

New drug helps lose weight without going hungry

Serious diseases genes revealed

Large study links genes to 7 serious diseases

Autism symptoms reversed in lab

Scientists Use Embryonic Stem Cells to Regenerate a Heart

Scientists Reverse Mental Retardation in Mice

Gene therapy awakens the brain despite blindness from birth

Maryland Professor Creates Desktop Supercomputer

Monitoring the Brain in 3-D

Brain Boosters

First artificial life ‘within months’

Potential cure for HIV discovered

Designer Enzyme Cuts HIV Out of Infected Cells

Nanosoccer debuts at RoboCup 2007

Cloned Pigs Help Scientists Towards A Breakthrough In Alzheimer’s

Scientists find way to separate HIV virus from cells

Scientists find drug to banish bad memories

Parallel computing = 100 time faster than current PC

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #20

Can you believe this is mixed bag #20 already?

I am sooooooo gonna have the most gigantic collection of mixed bags in the entire blogosphere if I keep this up long enough.

Anyways… enjoy.

Cyborgs Coming Soon (2008)

Pass the Virtual Scalpel, Nurse

3D Printers to Dip Below $5,000 USD This Year

The Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room In The World

Stem cells speed growth of healthy liver tissue

Expressive robot computers

Raytheon Develops World’s First Polymorphic Computer

The Memory Hacker

Stem cell therapy shows promise for rescuing deteriorating vision

British team grows human heart valve from stem cells

Salamanders Re-grow Lost Limbs, Could Human Medicine Benefit From Understanding Regeneration?

The Age of Cheap, Plastic Robots

Computer Model Behaves Like Humans On Visual Categorization Task

Diabetics cured in stem-cell treatment advance

Isolation Of Stem Cells May Lead To A Treatment For Hearing Loss

Lives of a Cell, the 3-D Version

Liver regeneration may be simpler than previously thought

‘Fat’ gene found by scientists

Learn Like A Human

‘Exercise pill’ switches on gene that tells cells to burn fat

Scientists Make Skin Grow New Hair Follicles By Itself

Mouse cortex simulated on supercomputer

45-minute operation to restore sight to millions

40% efficient solar cells to be used for solar electricity

Hydrogen breakthrough could open the road to carbon-free cars

Daily pill to beat genetic diseases

Deep brain implants show bionic vision promise

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #16

Another cool bag of technology links.

Even more than in my previous post, but collected in about half the time.

How GPUs Work (have a look at tomorrow’s level of realism in computer graphics)


James Bond-style strap-on jet pack flying wing to extend special forces


Detailed Roadmap of the 21st Century (should you have the desire to become a lucid dreamer… this clip will provide you with plenty of inspiration I think)

Dexter Walks (biped robot)

Future Forecasts for the Next 25 Years

Led Paint Drawing Technology

Lie detector software catches e-mail fibbers

Xerox Inkless Printer

Inter-planetary Internet expands to Mars and beyond

Chemical origami shrinks 2D discs into 3D objects

Nanotech Chain Mail Fabric a Perfect Fit

Milky Way Black Hole May Be a Colossal Particle Accelerator

The Future of Garbage

Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit

Electricity from Seaweed

Mice get smarter with drug (requires login which you can get at www.bugmenot.com)

Body shop (cybernetics)

Carbon Nanotubes versus HIV

Bionic cat eyes help in battle against human blindness

What If the Singularity Does NOT Happen

Brain works more chaotically than previously thought

Chinese Scientists Control Pigeons With Brain Implant

First steps to develop artificial retina with nanotechnology

Scientists invent real-life `Star Trek Tricorder`

Gravity waves to show birth of cosmos

A hidden twist in the black hole information paradox

Regain walking ability with robot-driven leg support

The 12 greenest cars of 2007

Solar powered robot chariot

Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters

Researchers safely regenerate failing mouse hearts with programmed embryonic stem cells

Let Robots Sweat the Boring Stuff

NASA tests moon building

Liposuctioned fat stem cells to repair bodies

Milestone for giant physics lab

Singularities and Nightmares

Fantastic animation that visualizes physiology of the body

Robots and Emotion

Nanotechnology in a small world

Army Developing Paralysis Beam

Algorithm helps computers beat humans at Go

Man Invents Machine To Cure Cancer

Electric switch could turn on limb regeneration

Easy Cheap Solar Heat

Microscope discerns atoms of different elements

The thinnest material ever and could revolutionise computers and medicine

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #15

Here’s another collection of technology links that I’ve collected in the past week.

I can’t believe there’s 43 of’em!!!

I’ll do anything to please my readers. 😉

Robot Fish (very cool video)


Renewable fuels will revolutionize agriculture, says U.S. official

Trials for ‘bionic’ eye implants

Real game characters ‘next year’

Robot-driven cars on roads by 2030: scientist

Science Finding Ways to Regrow Fingers

Grid computes 420 years worth of data in four months

Artificial lung a surgical first in North America

Dominican prostitutes, facing AIDS crisis, test experimental vaccine

Google to rule the Earth

Google’s Page urges scientists to market themselves
(also talks about AI)

Labgrown Replacement Teeth Fill the Gap

Liposuctioned fat stem cells to repair bodies


Scientists Create Super-Heavy Element

Steven Kosslyn on increasing human intelligence

Cheap solar power poised to undercut oil and gas by half

Pet prosthesis – Dolphin recovers swimming ability with artificial fin

Robotic jacket has power up its sleeve (great picture)

Science finds new ways to regrow fingers

Tangled nanowires morph water droplets

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm with Mind (video)

A Tool Worthy of Batman’s Utility Belt

Biologically Inspired Vision Systems

The Open Source Singularity

Vivid on-line videos demonstrate Superbot progress

Solar powered car

Intel Pulls 45nm Xeon Launch Into 2007

Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream

Korean researchers aiming for 100 GB flash memory cards

Virgin-birth method promises ethical stem cells

Solar Foil Technology to Cut Cost of Solar Power

Scientists Produce Neurons From Human Skin

Super Robots Gear Up for Space

The Promise of Personal Supercomputers

Darpa Chief Speaks (talks about AI)

Software That Will This Sentence Fix

Sharpest Manmade Thing

Einstein + bacteria DNA = organic computer breakthrough

Air Car Tantalisingly Close

PG&E eyes power grid plan to boost electric cars

Emotion robots learn from people

Scientists working out bugs for use in biofuel production

Making torn tendons tough

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Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #14

First off, a few links that talk about the latest demonstration of a quantum computer:

First “Commercial” Quantum Computer Solves Sudoku Puzzles

Prototype Commercial Quantum Computer Demo’ed

Start-up demos quantum computer

The Father of Quantum Computing

Next up, biotech, robots and cybernetics:

Human Stem Cell Transplants Repair Rat Spinal Cords

Robotic retina offers second chance for sight

Human-animal chimeras: from mythology to biotechnology

Human brain can make new cells: study

Growing a Brain in Switzerland

Pharm Animals Crank Out Drugs

Scientists expose HIV weak spot

Meet RoboNurse

Loans launch state’s stem cell ambitions

Millions to benefit as first bionic eye comes to market

Some other stuff that’s also cool:

Nanotech Battery Claims to Solve Electric Car Woes

‘Flying’ wind generators

Computer Model Mimicks How Brain Recognizes Street Scenes

Bright future for OLEDs, report predicts

Closeup of microscopic machinery


And last but not least:

Human Immortality: A Scientific Reality?

If you’re alive in 20 years, you may be able to live forever.

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #11

The breakthroughs just keep on coming and I just keep on piling’em up!

I started this blog halfway through 2005 and back then, techno news wasn’t coming in as quickly as it is now.

The exponential acceleration in scientific breakthroughs is obvious to me.

By reading this blog, it will become obvious to you as well.

Enjoy:

Scientists to attempt sending a signal into the past (yeah I know… it sounds whacked, but it’s for real)

First there was RoboDoc, now there is RoboNurse

Neural extension cord developed for brain implants

Battery breakthrough

Putting the brakes on light speed

Bionic cat eyes may help humans

Nano-wheels seen rolling at last

Microbot to swim through arteries and digestive system

Can ageing be stopped?

Japanese scientists cage light

Bacteria turn toxins into plastic

Wind power growing rapidly in US

About the latest cancer cure

White House steps up push for ethanol

Hacking the human lifespan

Military builds robotic insects

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #9

Top 10 Robots You Can Buy

Research Continues For Deep Space Travel Propulsion

The Hydrogen Gold Rush Is On

The World’s First Bionic Woman

Hundreds Will Test New Lung Cancer Vaccine

The World’s First Hydrogen Race Coming In 2009

New Alzheimer Gene Identified

Robot House Builder Threatens Construction Worker Jobs

Anti Cancer Chicken Eggs Produced

9 Military Technologies We Want

9 Military Technologies We Want.

1. The SmartShirt: Wearing your heart rate on your sleeve

2. Powered Exoskeleton: The real bionic man

3. Liquid Body Armor: Shielding by the glass

4. Micro Spy Plane: Voyeurs drone on

5. GT Max Mini Helicopter: Toys get smart

6. The Sonic Bandage: Sounds like clotting

7. Gryphon Flying Wings: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! …No, it’s just a guy wearing a wing

8. Cornershot: Shooting’s right around the corner

9. Swiss Military Pen: Writing’s the easy part

Our Technological Future – Mixed Bag #7

Many people don’t keep a lasting impression of individual articles reporting on technological breakthroughs.

That’s why I collect a bunch and post them altogether. There’s 36 of ’em!

Dear reader, have a look at your technological future!

300GB Holographic CD’s will be available this week

In the beginning: scientists get ready to hunt for God particle

A Quantum (Computer) Step: Study Shows It’s Feasible to Read Data Stored as Nuclear ‘Spins’

Stem Cell Experiment Yields Heart Valves

Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever

Thinking Machines

Robot with ‘human soul’ explores remotely

Bionic foot for hit and run victim

Cornell robot is “conscious,” adapts to injury

Teeth: a future renewable natural resource?

Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Extend Human Lifespan

AI Seduces Stanford Students

Life at 140? Longer life spans up for debate

SKorean robot will walk the walk as well as talk the talk

Cosmic Duo Spins Matter From Light

Stem cell cure hope for back pain

Genetically engineered blood protein can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen

Scientists harness mysteries of the brain

Stem Cells Are Where It’s At

The future of discs: 10TB CDs

Distance no worries for spooky particles

Computers that digest the news to change trading

Forget HDTV, the future is 3DTV

GM Plug-in Hybrid to Deliver 70MPG

All but Ageless, Turtles Face Their Biggest Threat: Humans (This is not directly a tech-link, but it does discuss a turtle-species that does not age. It is an example of the fact that immortality is completely natural. This is relevant to life-extension and thus relevant to this blog.)

As population ages, opportunities are born

Self-assembling Nano-ice Discovered — Structure Resembles DNA

Is thorium the answer to our energy crisis?

Kevin Warwick: The ITWales Interview

10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007

Toronto scientists cure disease in mice

New Hope for Stem-Cell Therapy

Triple-blinded Study of StemEnhance

Welcome to the world of nano foods

More Doctoral Research Funded by the Methuselah Foundation

Hitachi Brain Interface Allows Users to Control Model Trains