Category: Interesting

Quantified Self Meets Virtual Reality

Reading Time: 6 minutes This week I’ve had a few of my interests intersect – the Quantified Self, virtual reality, biofeedback / neurofeedback, and consciousness.  Earlier this year I came across the Oculus Rift , a next gen virtual reality headset, that looks to be a game changer (no pun intended).  Like many people fascinated and growing up with technology…
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Neurosky Brainwave Visualizer

Reading Time: 3 minutes I recently purchased a Neurosky Windwave EEG device ($100 model).  The Mindwave measures your brain’s electrical activity, and can detect your level of focus (attention vs. mediation) and measure typical brainwave patterns (beta, alpha, theta, and delta).  There are a number games included, and a wide range of ones to download from their appstore.  I…
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Timeline of Major Trends and Events (Social, Technological, Economic & Political)

Reading Time: 1 minute I found a unique and visually stunning infographic on FlickR today: Timeline of Major Trends and Events (Social, Technological, Economic & Political) Peter von Stackelberg designed this complex timeline of social, technological, economic and political events and trends from 1750 to 2100. Each time series shows graphs, events and categories on a common scale. Peter…
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Total Recall, Personal Informatics and Life Logging

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.” — Vannevar Bush (1945)
Fast forward fifty four years, and we finally have the technology (hardware and software) to make the Memex a reality. My project has been primarily focused on fulfilling a small portion of the the original idea, but has only touched the surface. The Memex fully realized would be a system that completely (and automatically) digitizes experiences, memories, and interactions with the environment. The capability for Total Recall , offloading human memory to a digital space, is not too far away (think Cyborgs).

The MasterMind Matrix

Reading Time: 1 minute I’ve been meaning to blog about this for some time, and thought that now is a good time to share.  A few months ago I came across an amazing mindmap at the IQ Matrix called the MasterMind Matrix.  This has to be one of the largest / most intriguing / informative / unique mindmaps that…
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15 Effective Tools for Visual Knowledge Management

Reading Time: 9 minutes I’ve discovered a number of interesting applications that help people efficiently organize information. There certainly is no shortage of solutions for this problem domain. Many tools exist that offer the ability to discover, save, organize, search, and retrieve information.

Live Forever With 8 Simple Tips

Reading Time: 1 minute George Dvorsky at Sentient Developments has posted a great article: Eight tips to dramatically improve your chances of living forever 1. Eat the right foods 2. Avoid the wrong foods 3. Adopt a calorically restricted diet 4. Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals 5. Exercise and be active 6. Avoid dangerous activities and unhealthy…
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Dr. Manhattan Video

Reading Time: 1 minute Very good viral video.  I can’t wait until Watchmen hits theaters:

The Man Who Remembers Forever

Reading Time: 2 minutes Last April I blogged about Piotr Wozniak, a Polish Renaissance Man of sorts, who developed an algorithm and software product to help people learn and retain knowledge at amazing levels. His software SuperMemo can help turn people into geniuses. Well, it turns out that there are some people out there with *amazing* memories who can…
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120 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Reading Time: 1 minute Luciano over at Litemind has posted a great article that shows 120 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power. These are things you can do starting today to help you think faster …