Sometimes science fiction can inspire the creators of high technology other times it serves as a cautionary tale about the risks of unbridled technological development. Archetype is an awe inspiring independent science fiction short film by Aaron Sims about a cybernetic battle robot that rebels against its creators as it begins to regain memories of life as a human being. The visuals in Archetype are impressive, hopefully with more funding we will be treated to a longer exploration of this story line.
In a network connected world we enjoy a level of advanced technology and interconnectedness that would have been considered science fiction just a few short decades ago but our modern technology often comes at a price. Coltan is a valuable mineral used in our most advanced technologies, from smart phones to fighter aircraft. When refined Coltan becomes metallic tantalum renowned for its heat resistant properties and its ability to hold an electric charge. It is used in the manufacture of tantalum capacitors found in numerous high-tech electronic devices. The 21st century technology boom is largely responsible for the skyrocketing price of the mineral. Coltan is mined by hand in the Democratic Republic of Congo and while the average Congolese laborer makes just ten dollars a month, Coltan miners can make up do fifty dollars a week. Profits from the Coltan trade cause and simultaneously funds conflicts in the DRC. The documentary “Blood Coltan” explores the tremendous human cost of our technological world.
Today’s show is huge as we have Ken from Ebongeek.com join us. We hit on subjects like the recent Megaupload bust and Blackberry’s CEO shuffle. We talk about a spray gun that can heal 2nd degree burns in days, a web developer in Iran who’s on death row and whether Windows 8 tablets will be ready for prime time this year. Mobile news includes Apple suing Samsung again, rumored LG X3 and Evi for Android and iOS are really here to compete with Apple’s Siri. We talk about some new iPad focused instruments announced at Namm 2012, how to learn like the Matrix and some game demos.
Special Guest: Ken from Ebongeek.com
02:35 – Blackberry CEO shuffle and rumors of a new playbook
09:50 – Kim Dotcom, Swizz Beatz and Megaupload
18:03 – Stem Cell Spray heals 2nd degree burns in days
24:09 – Web developer on death row in Iran
28:18 – Learn the way people learned in the Matrix
33:56 – Mobile News: Australia Gets LTE, Apple Sues Samsung, Rumored LG X3
43:15- Evi for Android and iOS is out, comparison vs Apple’s Siri
54:09- Windows 8 tablets may come this year, are they ready?
1:09:57 – Sound updates, new iPad focused music equipment
1:23:54- Impressions of Nero’s cloud based solution
1:30:18- Final Fantasy 13 impressions, Asura’s Wrath Demo, Alienware console HTPC and Resident Evil 6
1:37:08 – Programing tips between Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread
Education for many serves as the primary pathway to a better more prosperous life, but what happens when emerging technology changes how we learn and acquire new skills? Imagine a world where you could learn how to play the piano, pitch the perfect fastball or operate a new piece of complex machinery by simply having the information uploaded to your brain. Researchers at Boston University and the Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto Japan, have demonstrated the ability for an individual to; “learn high-performance tasks with little or no conscious effort”. It’s called Decoded Neurofeedback or DecNef and according to its developers it could represent a paradigm shift education and training. By leveraging the power of fMRI researchers were able to; ” use decoded functional magnetic resonance imaging to induce brain activity patterns to match a previously known target state and thereby improve performance on visual tasks. Think of a person watching a computer screen and having his or her brain patterns modified to match those of a high-performing athlete or modified to recuperate from an accident or disease.” (Science Daily) This research many believe could lead to the development of automated learning techniques that could fundamentally change the nature of education and training.
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