Smart Contact Lenses
Blink once for yes, twice for augmented vision
Researchers including those at (Boogie, Samsung and Sony are developing sensors and
integrated circuits that are compact and enough to be used in smart contact
lenses. it' s thought that such a device could be used tor a variety of mainstream applications
such as capturing photos and videos, augmenting reality, enabling enhancements like image
stabilization and night vision, or even diagnosing and treating diseases.
For it to be comfortable, the lens must be compact in diameter and thickness, which presents
many design challenges, particularly when it comes to power delivery. Standard
batteries are too large and risky for use in contacts so researchers are looking to
inductive coupling in the short term, while long term solutions could involve capturing solar
energy, converting tears into electricity or using a piezoelectric device that generates energy
from eye movement.
Eye movements such as blinking could also be used to interact with the lens and Sony has a
patent describing technology that can distinguish between voluntary and involuntary blinks.
Although they are nascent, products in this category are already beginning to appear, including a
compact headslap display (HUD) developed by . Called '' (formerly ') ptk),
the prototype has been purchased by DARPA and combines contact lenses with a set of glasses
that essentially serve as a projection screen. The contact lens has a special filter that enables
the eye to focus on an image projected to the glasses while still being able to see the
surrounding environment. in addition to military applications, if approved by the FDA,
says its kit could be useful for gaming or movies.
in addition to external lenses, Canadian company Isometrics is currently conducting clinical
trials on an injectable and upgradable bionic lens that claims it could improve
20/ 20 vision by three times. Future enhancements might include a delivery system,
augmented reality with an inhere projection system that can wirelessly access device displays,
and superfatman sight that could focus to the cellular level.
in its latest press release from June 2017, C) Demetri's states that clinical approval should follow
in the next two years for Canada at EU, and two to three years for the US FDA, Speaking about
potential downsides of the technology during his presentation at Superhuman Summit ,
Isometrics founder Dr, Webb Garth posited that not having the new lenses might wind up being
the biggest drawback, noting the advantage that early adopters would have,Former Facebook exec feels ‘tremendous guilt'
for helping build the platform
We' created loc/ s that are ripping apart the social fabric of hew society works'
By Shawn Heighten Dec l 1, 2111?, l 1: 42 AM
Sean Parker isn' t the only former Facebook executive to have second thoughts about products
they' built and the influence they' had on society as a whole.
Chumash , fewer vice president of user growth at Facebook, said during an interview at
Stanford Graduate School of Business that he feels "tremendous guilt" for his role in helping
Facebook become what it is today
concedes that Facebooks early creators kind knew in the back of their minds that
demeaning bad could happen but the way they defined it was not how it turned out. According to
it is literally at a point now where they' created tools that are ripping apart the social
fabric of how society works. People need to hard brake, he said.
The shirtstorm, feedback leaps that we have
created are destroying how society werks. No civil discourse, he
cooperation; misinformation, mistrust. And it' s not an American
problem - this is not about Russians ads. This is a global
Napster confounded Sean Parker, who served as Facebewk’ s founding president, echoed similar
sentiments in early November. Parker said social media literally changes your relationship with
society and each other, adding that it probably interferes with productivity as well. "God only knows
what it' s doing to em children' s brains," he added.Astronomers will check the interstellar
asteroid for signs of alien technology
Could it be an alien probe?
By Rob on Dec 12, 2017, 3: 59 Ahh 1 2 comments
Last month, scientists confirmed that an asteroid spotted in October was the first interstellar object
ever detected that' s larger than a mote of dust, Now, astronomers are set to use one of the largest
telescopes in the world to check the ') for signs of alien life,
The project at the University of Hawaii first discovered ', which reached
peak speeds of 196, as it entered our solar system at an angle close to the Sun and
passed Earth at 85 times the distance to the moon.
s unusual characteristics, such as the fact it' s at least ten times longer than it is wide
it' s about 400 meters in length), has led scientists on the Breakthrough Listen project to focus its
t: enervation efforts on the asteroid. The ) wrn initiative, which is funded by internet billionaire 'er;
miner. aims to answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe by searching for
evidence of alien civilizations.,
The more I study this object, the more unusual it appears, making me wonder whether it might be
an artificially made probe which was sent by an alien civilization," said an Loeb. professor of
astronomy at Harvard University and an adviser to the Breakthrough Listen project.
Most likely it is of natural origin, but because it is so peculiar, we would like to check if it has any
sign of artificial origin, such as radio emissions. lfie do detect a signal that appears artificial in
origin, we' ll know immediately."Nlli,
This robot has a musculoskeletal structure
that mimics a human' s
Meet your new overlords
BY Cal Jeffrey on Dec 27, 2017. 3. 43 PM 10 comments
A small team of Japanese engineers has created two humanoid robots that mimic the human
body with an unprecedented degree of anatomical Melita (think from the Terminator
movies - but with synthetic muscles - and you' got the right idea).
The robots, named Kangaro and Kenshiro, can perform several different fullstory exercises
including , signups, crunches and playing badminton poorly,
Yuki Asana, Kei Okuda and Takayuki inaba, the researchers who created the humanoids,
recently published a Eager in the journal Science Robotics. They say the robots were designed to
study the mechanics of muscle control and how the brain interacts with the body.
Kangaro doing ,
We believe that the proposed human mimetic humanoid can be used to provide new
opportunities in science, the team' s research states. Tor instance, to quantitatively analyze the
internal data of a human body in movement."
They also believe the androids will prove useful in other Fields. The fully articulated robots could
lead to advances in arterial limb replacements and prosthetics. They may also provide a more
realistic crash test dummy with a few .
Just to be clear, these droids are not remote controlled by operators. They have a
complex, "brain" controlling their muscles.
Kenshiro In various poses.
Our intent is to design a humanoid based on human the musculoskeletal
structure, sensory nervous system, and methods of information processing in the brain," they
point out. "In terms of muscle control, the behavior of muscle actuators can be made similar to
human muscle behavior by implementing artifical motor controls inspired by the characteristics of
human muscles. We also implemented complex control to provide muscle
flexibility and muscle cooperation for sharing load over redundant muscles."
While the control mechanisms programmed into the brain are relatively complicated, as arterial
intelligence goes, Kangaro and Kenshiro are rather dumb. They won' t be plotting to take over the
world anytime soon. However, this body design should be kept away from Sophia - you know -
the robot who said it would "destroy humans" and was then made a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
The zombpocalypse is nearly here. Welcome your m/ error's or die.SEEM HIT‘? THE Clal MALWARE '" l B‘!
Hackers are spreading mining
malware through Facebook Messenger
Beware of suspicious links from friends
By Rob Th ubran on Dec 26, 2017, so 5 AM
Either by choice or through hacks, driveway (idottc) _ aning is becoming popular. The increasing
price of crypto currencies has seen more websites mine using visitors'
But a newly discovered mining malware is even more malicious, and its being spread
through Facebook Messenger,
Cybersecurity firm Trend More first discovered the bot, which it has dubbed Digging, in South
Korea. It has since been found in Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand,
and Venezuela, Given the way it spreads, Digging could soon reach other countries.
Victims receive a file named '' from one of their Facebook Messenger contacts.
Opening it will load Chrome along with a malicious browser extension. Extensions can only be
downloaded from the Chrome Web Store, but this is bypassed using the command line.
Came the malware infects a system, a modified version of mining
installed. This mines the in the background using a victims CPU, sending all
profits back to the hackers.,
Additionally, the Chrome extension is also used to spread Digging If someone has their
Facebook account set to log in automatically, the fake video file link will be sent to all their friends
via Messenger. The malware could also be used to take over a Facebook account entirely.
Digging sent via Download components Install mum
Facebook Messenger from Dec server mechanism
Launch Chrome with Conduct Interact with
malicious extension mining Facebook Messenger
The abuse of Facebook is limited to propagation for now, but it wouldn' t be implausible for
attackers to hijack the Facebook account itself down the line," Trend Micro wrote.Renewed proposal seeks DMCA exemption
for "abandoned" online games
Could this mean the resurrection of City of Heroes?
By Cal Jeffrey on Dec 22, 2017, 5: 05 PM
Every three years the Us Copyright Office reviews and renews the ' s
provisions at which time it considers exemptions to the law. It is currently looking at a proposal for
allowing museums, libraries and archives to circumvent the DRM on abandoned online games
such as FIFA World Cup, Nascar and The Sims.
The proposal was initiated by The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE). The
Made is a 50103 organization with a physical museum located in Oakland, California.
The gallery claims to be "the only video game museum in the world, [and] houses
over 5, 300 playable games."
The Made is concerned that certain multiplayer and games that require a server to
run will be lost it exemptions are not made to the DMCA. It is not looking to circumvent current
games but instead is looking to preserve titles that have already been shut down by the producer
City of Heroes (and Villains) would be a good example.
Although the Current Exemption does not cover it, preservation of online video games is now
critical," a Made representative wrote to the Copyright Office. "C) nline games have become
ubiquitous and are only growing in popularity. For example, an estimated percent of
gamers play multiplayer games at least once a week, and spend, on average, six hours a week
playing with others online."
The number of abandoned games is not insignificant, either. According to the Electronic Arts
Online Services Shutdown" list, more than 300 titles and servers dropped out of service just in
the last four years These games are not played anymore because they require an active server.