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BRAIN WAVE ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT USING ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (EEG)

BRAIN WAVE ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT USING ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY (EEG)

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 in Blog, Cyborgs

As we had already said in a previous post, the mind-controlled robots can provide new abilities and empowerment to quadriplegics (people who lost use of all their limbs). Many of the new mind-control devices in the field involve the use of brain implants. The brain implant method can be very invasive, since it requires operations for placing these implants in the brain.

A much less invasive solution would be to measure the brain activity from the outside. To do that, we could use devices using electroencephalography (EEG). EEG involves measuring of the activity of the brain from the scalp. The neurons in our brain communicate through exchange of ions, which causes voltage fluctuations…

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KITCHEN ROBOTS: HUGE JOB LOSSES LOOM IN THE HORIZON FOR THE FOOD PREPARATION SECTOR

KITCHEN ROBOTS:  HUGE JOB LOSSES LOOM IN THE HORIZON FOR THE FOOD PREPARATION SECTOR

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 in Blog, Robots

Food preparation industry is one of the largest employers in any country. In the US, food preparation sector jobs represent % 2.2 of the jobs (with approximately 2.8 million workers) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Given the complexity of tasks, the intricacy of movement we have to perform during food preparation, you would think it would be next to impossible to replace humans with robots in kitchen.  But the reality is otherwise.

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Brain Implants and Brain-Computer Interfaces: Hope For People Living With Paralysis?

Brain Implants and Brain-Computer Interfaces: Hope For People Living With Paralysis?

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 in Blog, Cyborgs, Robots

According to the research by Reeve Foundation, the number of paralyzed people only in the United States is approximately 6 million. People living with paralysis face tremendous challenges in daily life. For most of them doing simplest daily tasks (such as moving things around) that we take for granted is a true accomplishment.

For most of the quadriplegics, i.e. people who lost use of all their limbs, the science of mind-control can offer exciting possibilities in the future. Quadriplegics can receive brain implants connected to robots. Then they can use their thoughts to control and move those robots.

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SHOPPING ALONE: AUTOMATION IN RETAIL INDUSTRY AND COMING JOB LOSSES IN RETAIL SECTOR

SHOPPING ALONE: AUTOMATION IN RETAIL INDUSTRY AND COMING JOB LOSSES IN RETAIL SECTOR

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 in Blog, Robots

Retail industry has the highest number of workers in any economy. In the US, retail represents % 3.3 of the jobs (with approximately 4.3 million workers) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  You would think retail jobs would be in a safer position against the automation, compared with many other jobs. We always seek for human presence when we shop in a store, at least this is our established behaviour. But a close look on technological analysis says otherwise. There are many inventions that can have a disruptive major effect on retail sector and on the jobs created by it.

From self checkout systems steadily built in several stores, to new shopping centers which can offer you adaptive micro-environments according to your behavior during your shopping, you can feel the tide coming.

 

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Social Media Monitoring: Are You an Influential? Learn how your influence is determined

Social Media Monitoring: Are You an Influential? Learn how your influence is determined

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 in Algorithms, Blog

The more our technology becomes complex the more we rely on our decisions in the simplest of all factors: Our daily conversations. Word-of-mouth is becoming a very effective form of marketing. So companies want to know the most influential people in specific areas, since they would be the most effective marketers. 

 How Does Social Media Monitoring Work?…

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Browse and Be Browsed: Mysteries of online tracking

Browse and Be Browsed: Mysteries of online tracking

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 in Algorithms, Blog

When you register and quietly browse for shopping in a web site, there is a possibility that your information is also quietly recorded and your user profile formed in some company’s database. This profile can be used for online tracking later on. From an industry point of view, this is called targeted marketing and is designed to tailor your online ads according to your tastes as best as possible. But the privacy issues are frightening. First of all, who tracks us? Is it the web site itself? Or a third party data mining company? Will that information be sold to some other company? They are aware of you, but you are not aware of them…

 

 

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