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Wisdom 101

The most important teaching I’ve ever rubbed up against has been ‘virtual reality.’ From thought, to culture, to money, politics, philosophy, and religion, to the translation of exterior inputs into an internal collage that we casually refer to as ‘human experience’, to physics, to the very action of reading – of changing these funky shapes into meaningful words – virtual reality is Wisdom 101.

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Transparent Tablet Does the Twist

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Feel a little awkward interacting with humanity? Would you rather hold up transparent mobile device and filter reality through a lens that bombards you with a 3D cheat sheet?  Don’t worry, Samsung’s got you covered.

The South Korean tech company recently released a video envisioning a a shape-shifting, bendable, see-through tablet/smart phone that explores, locates and translates the world into a kaleidoscopic viewfinder of multimedia.

Besides being a veritable concierge to the world, the device would also do such old-fashioned things as make phone calls and take pictures. And because the handheld is transparent, you can avoid bumping into people or falling into fountains while text messaging.

Much ado has been paid to the device’s AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display. Active-matrix OLED displays include a thin film transistor that acts as series of electrical switches that control the flow of electricity to each pixel.

Considered to be a leader in AMOLED technology, Samsung has already demonstrated flexible AMOLED screens. And with multiple translation and ‘Aura’ apps already out there, it’s only a matter of time before Samsung’s vision of the future becomes tomorrow’s reality.

According to a new study, a person’s brain patterns could be modified and his performances improved just by watching a computer screen. A new learning  method was discovered by scientists that uses decoded MRI imaging to modify brain performance. This method could also be used to help patients recuperate from different types of injuries or accidents or even learn a foreign language of fly an airplane. The study was published on December 8 in the journal Science.

The study, conducted at Boston University and  ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan has proven that using a patient’s visual cortex, scientists can induce brain activity patterns to match a state that was previously known and thereby enhance visual performance

Just imagine a person looking at a computer screen and modifying his brain patterns to match a sportsman or recuperate from spinal injury. Although scientists are not there yet, they suggest that such possibilities may soon be reality.

Scientists have discovered that pictures are gradually filled in a person’s brain,  appearing at the beginning as lines then edges, shapes, different colors and motion in early visual areas. The images are then filled in with more details making a blue pyramid appear as a blue pyramid for example. Scientists analyzed the early formation of different early visual areas, to observe their ability to improve learning and visual performance.

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Augmented Reality in a Contact Lens

A new generation of contact lenses built with very small circuits and LEDs promises bionic eyesight. 

The human eye is a perceptual powerhouse. It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information to the brain at a rate exceeding that of a high-speed Internet connection.

But why stop there?

In the Terminator movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character sees the world with data superimposed on his visual field—virtual captions that enhance the cyborg’s scan of a scene. In stories by the science fiction author Vernor Vinge, characters rely on electronic contact lenses, rather than smartphones or brain implants, for seamless access to information that appears right before their eyes.

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