8/6 (Tue.) Linking Brain with Smartphone (Host: Rock)

8/6 (Tue.) Linking Brain with Smartphone (Host: Rock)

文章Rock » 週五 7月 19, 2019 10:24 am

Hi, this is Rock hosting 8/6 Tuesday's gathering. Nice to see you again.

We all have a dream. In this dream we are smarter, stronger and better looking, and we are happier about it. But in reality, we are genetically bounded and we are only ourselves. Now, regrets no more because the future is coming. Wanna be taller? Have a new pair of legs then you can dunk. Not enough muscles? Wear exoskeletons and sumo. What else can we do? Elon Musk has it to say.

Elon Musk is making implants to link the brain with a smartphone

London (CNN Business)Elon Musk wants to insert Bluetooth-enabled implants into your brain, claiming the devices could enable telepathy and repair motor function in people with injuries.

Speaking on Tuesday, the CEO of Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX said his Neuralink devices will consist of a tiny chip connected to 1,000 wires measuring one-tenth the width of a human hair.

The chip features a USB-C port, the same adapter used by Apple's (AAPL) Macbooks, and connects via Bluebooth to a small computer worn over the ear and to a smartphone, Musk said.

"If you're going to stick something in a brain, you want it not to be large," Musk said, playing up the device's diminutive size.

Neuralink, a startup founded by Musk, says the devices can be used by those seeking a memory boost or by stroke victims, cancer patients, quadriplegics or others with congenital defects.

The company says up to 10 units can be placed in a patient's brain. The chips will connect to an iPhone app that the user can control.

The devices will be installed by a robot built by the startup. Musk said the robot, when operated by a surgeon, will drill 2 millimeter holes in a person's skull. The chip part of the device will plug the hole in the patient's skull...
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1. How much money did Musk invest on Neuralink? Is it a smart investment? Would it be profitable? Who would be their first customers and what kinds of products would they buy?
2. What possible benefits could there be with brain implants? Please list EVERYTHING you can think of, and then pick one to talk about.
3. Is it ethical to boost IQ with brain implantation? What would the world be if everybody's IQ is boosted to 200? Would it be a better world or a disaster?
4. Are you for or against brain implantation? Why?

10 Human Body Modifications You Can Expect in the next Decade

Elon Musk has called it: you’re already a cyborg. Your smartphone enhances your mind, your spectacles enhance your vision, and your pacemaker (if you have one) regulates your heartbeat. Our environment is increasingly wired, sensor-filled, and digitally connected—and so are we! This trend will only continue.

All over the world biohackers, scientists, entrepreneurs and corporations are eagerly pursuing new and marketable applications for advanced technologies. Many of them are being actively designed to help humans fulfill our age-old transcendent longings—to be stronger, smarter, better-looking and more resilient, and to cultivate new abilities that seem like superpowers by the standards of the past.

Here are 10 emerging devices and technologies that could soon enhance you in body and mind.

1. RFID Chips

Microchips are not new, but the practice of routinely implanting them in humans is. Already, biohackers are enthusiastically getting chipped, many of them undergoing the DIY surgery in tattoo parlors. With small radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their hands or wrists these citizen cyborgs can already eliminate many tedious rituals from their daily lives, like carrying a wallet or keys.

The chip can be used to make tap-and-go payments and can be programmed to open a home or office door electronically. No more carrying keys down to the beach when going for a swim, and no more jogging with them jangling in your pocket. One Australian biohacker, Meow-Ludo Meow Meow also thinks that chip implants could replace public transport cards.

(Read the whole article from the link above)

1. Activity: please fill in the blanks on the worksheet; add more items that you can think of. Then talk about the pros and cons of each item.
2. Pick a body modification you would like to use in the future. Tell people why you like it the best.
3. What do you feel about the technology of body modification? Do you like it or feel uncomfortable about it? Is it wise to chase a "smarter, stronger, better looking" artificial future of yours?

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Re: 8/6 (Tue.) Linking Brain with Smartphone (Host: Rock)

文章Rock » 週六 8月 03, 2019 10:12 am

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
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Re: 8/6 (Tue.) Linking Brain with Smartphone (Host: Rock)

文章Rock » 週三 8月 07, 2019 11:00 am

Attendees: Wenhan, Arthur, Christine, Morris, Amy, Shirley, Jason, Julian, Miller, Tim, Sabrina, Liwen, Luis, Iris, Chris, Rock
Thank you all for coming. See you next time la!!
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文章: 1907
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