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Paul N

Animal brains connected up to make mind-melded computer - 2 views

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    Parallel processing in computing --- Brainet

    The team sent electrical pulses to all four rats and rewarded them when they synchronised their brain activity. After 10 training sessions, the rats were able to do this 61 per cent of the time. This synchronous brain activity can be put to work as a computer to perform tasks like information storage and pattern recognition, says Nicolelis. "We send a message to the brains, the brains incorporate that message, and we can retrieve the message later," he says.

    Dividing the computing of a task between multiple brains is similar to sharing computations between multiple processors in modern computers,
    "If you could collaboratively solve common problems [using a brainet], it would be a way to leverage the skills of different individuals for a common goal."
Luís F. Simões

The accidental roboticist - 1 views

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    Evolutionary Robotics, as practised by biologists.

    Here's the link to John Long's book, mentioned in the article:

    Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QXVRZG/
Marcus Maertens

Neurokernel - 4 views

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    A nice GPU-based framework that is basically an emulator of the brain of the fruit fly. If you need a fruit fly brain - here it comes!
krzysieknowak

Soft Robotics Toolkit - 0 views

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    Interesting toolkit/resources page for actual creation of soft robots.
krzysieknowak

OpenBCI - 5 views

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    "The OpenBCI Board is a versatile and affordable analog-to-digital converter that can be used to sample electrical brain activity (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), heart rate (EKG), and more"

    Perhaps some work or ideas on brainwave analysis would be interesting ? (User interfaces, mood classifier, detection of various alertness levels )
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    lets get one? And then link to the Oculus Rift to control it with my brain.. I want to think about running on Mars and then be doing it :)
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    It's not worth it for $400... The chips are seriously nothing special and you can get a lot better for a lot cheaper. I would just get the electrodes and link them to a RPi or an Odroid or something.
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    True, but the selling feature here is that they take care of that stuff and sell it for 400$. Lets say the hardware is 100USD, then an RF-grade person here here has to do the coding, interfacing, testing within roughly (300/16eur/hour) 20 hours to break even and even then the interface is much nicer in their case.
Athanasia Nikolaou

More science crowdsourcing games! - "EyeWire" - 4 views

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    There is this optical neuron that gets stimulated from motion. Mapping it is difficult in the lab: "The stumbling block is a lack of fine-grained anatomical detail about how the neurons in the retina are wired up to each other."

    So, use people deciphering from 2D images --> the 3D neuron structure using the human spatial reasoning to figure out what is part of a branching cell and what is just background noise in the images (yet incomparable to their best algorithms' performance)

    120.000 users so far mapped
    2% of the retina
johannessimon81

The anternet - the signals network of ants - 3 views

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    The algorithm that regulates the flow of ants is evolving toward minimizing operating costs rather than immediate accumulation.
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    Turns out even ants can profit from a siesta on a hot day and they use network security and repair mechanisms. Maybe there is still something undiscovered that we can apply for our own networks.
Marcus Maertens

MIT constructs synthetic analog computers inside living cells | ExtremeTech - 0 views

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    Just a small step till we can compute trajectories in our blood cells...
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    Really cool research. I think that the potential of analog computing has been neglected for quite a long time. Building the whole thing within a single cell makes it only more awesome.
Marcus Maertens

Slime mould could make memristors for biocomputers - 1 views

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    Slime powered transistors with memory.
Ma Ru

What happens when you take two random ACT studies and cross them over? - 3 views

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    Mobile phone-controlled cyborg cokcroaches!
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    I've seen the same thing (almost) in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode!
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    Also good for our next app .... dock a roach onto the iss!!!!
Ma Ru

Ten Simple Rules for the Open Development of Scientific Software - 0 views

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    Another great piece from "Ten Simple Rules" series by PLOSCB
Dario Izzo

Video: Tomato Analyzer: A Useful Software Application to Collect Accurate and Detailed ... - 3 views

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    How could we live without??
LeopoldS

Personal DNA Sequencing Machine One Step Closer - International Business Times - 0 views

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    1000$ DNA sequencing costs - what you never wanted to know about your DNA ....
Ma Ru

The human Turing machine: a neural framework for mental programs - 2 views

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    From the alternative computing series...
Joris _

Tracking Whale Sharks With Astronomical Algorithms | Wired Science | Wired.com - 3 views

  • equations were developed for astronomers using the Hubble telescope, Holmberg’s crew adapted them for biologists studying Earth’s biggest fishes
  • Holmberg also hopes that other programmers will follow his lead and lend their coding skills to worthy projects. “Pick the species or concern you’re most passionate about, pick the researchers who are working on it, and identify their technical needs,” he said. “I’m not even a great programmer. I’m underqualified but highly productive
LeopoldS

How simple rules determine pedestrian behavior and crowd disasters - 2 views

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    nice paper on crowds .... 
LeopoldS

IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys - Slashdot - 3 views

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    should we buy this to educate behaviour at ACT meetings ... or only for our babies :-) 
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