Sunday, October 17, 2010

Blue Brain: A supercomputing project

Published by TED on October 2009

"Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved -- soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blind soldier 'sees' with his tongue

Published by The Engineer on 16/03/10

"A British serviceman who lost his sight while serving in Iraq is using the BrainPort vision device in order to ‘see’ with his tongue. The new system — known as the BrainPort vision device — was developed by the Centre for Vision Restoration for the US Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) and is being trialled in the UK by retired Lance Corporal, Craig Lundberg, who served with 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. Lundberg was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in March 2007 while he was serving in Basra. As a result of the explosion his left eye had to be removed and his right eye was severely damaged, leaving him profoundly blind". Click for more...

Monday, March 01, 2010

How does the brain learn to see?

"Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism."

[G.K. Comment: Life is like a pyramid. By grouping the small details available at every level of a pyramid, you reach the top. This is called abstraction. The way we learn is like a pyramid and this video proves how it works. Amazing! ]