Insects Inspire Computer Chip Design


Neuromorphic computing.   Once again, IT looks to Nature for improved tech design.  Mimicking organic life form biology, even more speed and greater computing efficiency is around the corner.  Anticipate impact on software development environments and the apps that get written.

Silicon Brains That Think as Fast as a Fly Can Smell

Researchers in Germany have discovered what they say is a way to get computers to do more than execute all the steps of a problem-solving calculation as fast as possible – by getting them to imitate the human brain’s habit of finding shortcuts to…  <more>

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Power to Change the World!


The New Energy War is on.  These Jersey folks are on it, patenting tech that converts energy from water.

Assuming this is for real, THIS is what needs to be on the cover of every media source (put Governor Christie on page 2).

New Tech: Energy from Water

Here’s how it works.

Check them out for yourself: blacklightenergy.com  Think about lighting up an entire community from this little box.  No coal, gas, or nuclear generation issues.

 

And please, SHARE THIS and get the buzz going!  Because if this, and other similar technologies, are allowed to live and flourish, the world WILL be a better place.  If this is some hoax, we need to know that too.

01/14/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEWS RELEASE
BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces the Game Changing Achievement of the Generation of Millions of Watts of Power from the Conversion of Water Fuel to a New Form of Hydrogen
Cranbury, NJ (January 14, 2014) — BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced that it has produced millions of watts of power with its breakthrough Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) patent pending technology in its laboratories.
Using a proprietary water-based solid fuel confined by two electrodes of a SF-CIHT cell, and applying a current of 12,000 amps through the fuel, water ignites into an extraordinary flash of power. The fuel can be continuously fed into the electrodes to continuously output power. BlackLight has produced millions of watts of power in a volume that is one ten thousandths of a liter corresponding to a power density of over an astonishing 10 billion watts per liter. As a comparison, a liter of BlackLight power source can output as much power as a central power generation plant exceeding the entire power of the four former reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

Read more on their website:  blacklightpower.com.

MetaPro IS the NextWave!


Holographic apps?  You bet.

Meta Holographic AR

The future is AR apps in action, and they’re nearly here.

NextWave is onboard to start development using Meta‘s cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) technology.  We can’t wait to get started in June!

Check out this video if you haven’t seen #Meta in action.

MetaPro Glasses

MetaPro glasses will drive AR apps

A Larger Agile Reality


Going hand-in-hand with emerging technology and cutting edge science (or cutting edge tech and emerging science) is the need to think differently about many things.

There are no easy answers.  There are answers.

John Fullerton on Regenerative Capitalism

The article is below and here:

Beyond Sustainability: The Road to Regenerative Capitalism

Submitted by Emily Walsh on Mon, 07/08/2013 – 2:06pm

Author:  John Fullerton

Thomas Berry tells us, “It’s all a question of story.  We are in trouble now because we don’t have a good story.  We are in between stories.  The old story, the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it, is no longer effective.”

For better or worse, economy, from the local to the global, is now a central component of the human story.  In our search for a new story, Capital Institute, together with our Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy project partners and our collaborators – practitioners and trans-disciplinary academics alike – is offering up a vision of what we are calling “Regenerative Capitalism.”

As part of that effort, we recently convened a small gathering of sustainability experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the Field Guide project as well as a draft white paper entitled “Regenerative Capitalism,” which draws on business models studied in the Field Guide, integrating them into a theoretical framework.  (You can the read a summary of the draft paper here.)

The new story, we believe, must be grounded in the physical reality of a planet whose natural resources and waste sinks are not unlimited, and the ethical reality that unbounded inequity is intolerable.  The modern expansionist material economy story, despite its magnificent achievements in the past two centuries when its scale was far smaller, fails on both grounds.

The new story must also be relevant to a growing global population of seven billion people, half of which is currently living in urban environments, with the trend of continued urbanization appearing to be locked in.  China alone anticipates building cities for 250 million new inhabitants in just the next five years.  That’s thirty New York Cities.

The new story must also grapple with the reality of global corporations whose scale and span of influence exceed that of all but a few nation states and whose capital investment decisions will lock in much of the underlying infrastructure and technology choices that will define the quality and scale of the “global economy” of the future.  This reality exists despite the fact that these global actors employ only a small minority of the world’s population, even after three decades of “globalization.”

Regenerative Capitalism has two components: first, a shift to a “regenerative paradigm,” and second, an evolution to a more complex understanding of what we need to understand as “capital” if the economy is to be ecologically sustainable and also promote shared well-being.

The regenerative paradigm is adapted from the leading edge of the design field.  It demands a profound shift from the mechanistic and reductionist worldview of the industrial age, to a holistic, living systems or ecological worldview, consistent with our latest understanding of how the universe (including life on this planet) actually works.  It understands the economy as embedded in – not separate from – culture, and embedded in the healthy working of the biosphere.  In this worldview, social ills and the environment are not “special interests,” separable from the whole, anymore than a healthy circulatory system is separable from a healthy person.

Leading systems thinker and corporate consultant Carol Sanford presented the conceptual framework for a regenerative paradigm at our June convening.  Carol says this new paradigm requires a new kind of thinking, allowing us to reconnect with essence at the level of the individual, at the level of institution, and even at the systems level.  View her talk here.

I then presented ideas within my “Regenerative Capitalism” white paper, including the eight elements of a regenerative economy and the eight elements of regenerative finance.  My presentation can be viewed here.

Attendees also had an opportunity to engage with the entrepreneurial leaders of our Field Guide project, and to see elements of the regenerative economy manifesting in their transformational and scalable models.  Our discussion thus integrated theory with practice, as these visionaries described how they have infused theory into their everyday operations.  At the same time, their practice has informed the theoretical framework developed in the white paper.

A premise of Capital Institute is that the transformation of finance is a necessary enabler for the transition to a regenerative economy.  Participants of our convening began to explore what this transformation might entail, particularly focusing on the important role of investment in economic transition.

The convening provided a rich deepening of understanding, some heated debate, many new or under-represented perspectives, and a realization of how difficult and unknowable a paradigm shift of the magnitude contemplated is likely be.  We will be revising our white paper over the summer based on the invaluable input from the convening and other generous and thoughtful readers of the white paper.  A second draft will be posted on the website for public comment prior to final publication.

Like the unexpected fall of the Berlin Wall, or the seemingly unimaginable end of Apartheid, the emergence of a new economic story that will succeed our present unsustainable “Finance Capitalism,” whether it’s Regenerative Capitalism or something quite different, is likely to seem inevitable only in hindsight.  But the work of its emergence is well underway, as the subjects of our Field Guide and many other regenerative projects make clear.

In the face of overwhelming distraction from powerful, entrenched interests of the old story, our challenge at this time is simply to see what is emerging before our eyes.

We will be posting more video highlights from the event, including discussions with our Field Guide partners and other thoughtful participants, soon.

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Zap Your Own Brain!


foc.us Headset

The headset passes a small electric current (<2.05mA) through the prefrontal cortex of the wearer.

Apparently Frankenstein and institutional electric shock therapy from the 50s has evolved into tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation)… for improved gaming.   Medical uses, I get.   The better to fly drones, I reluctantly get.  But gaming?  ‘Safely’ overclock your own brain? 

Anyway, in spite unknown, long term risks on the body, some 250 brave souls have volunteered to play on this cutting edge!  Would you?

Check out the ExtremeTech article below.

Foc.us: The first commercial tDCS headset that lets you safely overclock your brain

Foc.us tDCS headset

After an interminable wait, the first brain-boosting tDCS headset has finally received FCC approval and will begin shipping in the next few days. Dubbed the Foc.us, the headset jolts your prefrontal cortex with electricity, improving your focus, reaction time, and ability to learn new skills. The Foc.us is being targeted at gamers looking to improve their skillz, but tDCS has the potential to improve — or more accurately to overclock — almost every aspect of your life.

To give its full name, tDCS stands for transcranial direct current stimulation. Transcranial simply means that the direct current (i.e. from a battery rather than the AC mains) is passed across a region of your brain. In the case of the Foc.us, the direct current passes between the cathode and anode, which are placed over your prefrontal cortex. Basically, by pumping electrons into your brain, your neurons, which communicate via spikes of electricity, become more excitable. This means that they can fire more quickly, improving your reaction time. Furthermore, when you remove the current, your neurons are imbued with additional neuroplasticity — in other words, they more readily make new connections, improving your ability to learn new skills.

Foc.us headset iOS appThe amount of current used is very small — on the order of two milliamps, much less than the current a 9V battery delivers — and in theory there’s very little risk. The Foc.us website says you shouldn’t use tDCS if you suffer from epilepsy, and that you shouldn’t use tDCS to treat any medical conditions.

In reality, tDCS has no known short-term risks. Early studies have shown that tDCS, which can also be used to stimulate regions of the brain other than the prefrontal cortex, such as the motor cortex, can provide therapeutic effects to people suffering from Parkinson’s, stroke patients, and more. DARPA has already used tDCS to reduce the time it takes to train new snipers, and university research groups have used it to improve the performance of gamers. In less formal settings — i.e. DIY enthusiasts — tDCS has been used to improve almost every area of cognition, or to release the brain’s most powerful opioid painkillers.

9 volt battery brain

If the gains from tDCS really are as amazing as these early reports suggest, there could be some serious ethical considerations if tDCS becomes widespread. Should students be allowed to use tDCS to improve their studies or to pass exams? What about professional e-sports gamers? If one team starts using tDCS to improve their reaction time and actions per minute (APM), other teams will have no option but to start using it — unless tDCS becomes the electronic equivalent of doping and is quickly outlawed, of course.

The Foc.us headset costs $249 (£179), and is available in the US, UK, most other English-speaking countries, Russia, and the rest of continental Europe. Pre-orders are being shipped now, and new orders should be fulfilled in August. iOS users can use a free app to control the headset via Bluetooth (pictured above), while Android users are currently out of luck.

Now read: What is transhumanism, or, what does it mean to be human?

Another piece of tech that is evolving the answers to that question!

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