Cognitive Computing is one of the major buzz-phrases in technology today. The IBM Watson Jeopardy!™ Challenge pitted the “brain” of a computer against the minds of humans in a fascinating display of man vs. machine. Cognition takes many forms, and researchers in the U.K. are striving to learn more about the human brain’s functionality by exploring lucid dreams.
Charles Osgood of CBS News Radio in the U.S. had this to report: “The scientists say the lucid dreamers used their extra level of insight to “think in a different way” – perhaps get a little creative with their minds to solve more of the problems.”
Here’s a posting from the University of Lincoln that gives some background on their studies
Perhaps what is learned from studying the lucid dreamers’ heightened ability to problem solve will be applied to the next level of work in cognitive computing? Maybe it’s something you want to be involved with? For now…
The ultimate goal of the πoseidon project is to setup an open platform for the collection and sharing of data within the (academic) research community and to make these data available to entrepreneurs and decision makers.
In Central Asia, which suffers under tremendous water stress, depletion of their natural resources is occurring at an alarming rate. The most striking example is the Aral Sea, which is drying out at a rapid pace, leaving nothing but dry desert on the land which was once ocean.
The πoseidon project aims to make a change in all of this by creating awareness through education and marketing and providing assistance by developing low cost open source devices and an IBM Bluemix platform to assist local farmers in more efficient irrigation. This is called precision agriculture.
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Heard this story on the radio and thought of boyfriends past who were SO into StarWars; perhaps they are still… It was all about the Rebel Forces, and how the Death Star pulled them in – but I digress…
“Sci-fi” references aside, this is genuine Tractor Beam Technology that is currently being explored by scientists in Australia. News has been released that physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) ‘have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach‘.
Here’s three takes on the subject:
P.S. I hear the surfing is great down under. Maybe you want to head off and join the Aussies to do some water research…
Think of the biker image of the daredevil: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Evil Knievel. Now think celebrities who rode motorcycles in the ’40s, like Humphrey Bogart, and in the ’50s and ’60s, like Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. And the quintessential biker film “Easy Rider” with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson [which is a must see for any real film-nik].
Now think about all their slick rides: Harley, Ducati, a classic Indian. And the leathers – jackets, boots, gloves, etc. OK… you’re in the right frame of mind… Here’s some new tech that promises to ‘revolutionize’ the headgear of the biker crowd (I wonder if you can get it with spikes sticking out of the top?)
Skully motorcycle helmets ties a whole lot of technology together with voice recognition and a head-up-display. Jason Dorrier on Singularity Hub says: “If the design is right, it’ll be awesome.” And another thumbs-up from TechNewsWorld
So – are you ready to “get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway”? Or at least design some cool tech-gear for the road?