Since about 50 years computers, laptops, smart-phones and many more electronic devices are based on silicon-transistor technology bound by short battery lives and inefficient electrical power use, which recently was given a major makeover by IBM.
The new technology it may be possible to build highly efficient and less electrical power consuming computer chips. Continue reading “Revolutionary Transistor Technology Inspired By The Brain” »
Many technology experts are convinced that it is unavoidable that machines will become sentient, which means that artificial intelligences (AIs) will show typical human characteristics, such as self-awareness, the ability to set goals, and a sense of creativity.
Developments in AI tools, fuzzy logic and neuronal networks show first successful directions in creating sentient technology, though machines still are far away from the human capability to recognize pictures and understand language and even further away from making decisions based on this inputs. Continue reading “Will artificial intelligent devices ever become “sentient?”” »
Who of us didn’t often hear that playing computer games isn’t good for us, isn’t good for our kids, isn’t good for anybody …
However, this thinking turns out to be wrong Continue reading “Isn’t Playing Computer Games Bad for You?” »
Voice-recognition and voice controlled gadgets are entering our everyday life since a few years.
Recent technology advances promise us even more.
Controlling our devices and apps will be even easier in the future: with a single thought through Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology.
In a little while, we will be able to interact with our smartphones and tablets just with your brain through the use of head-mounted electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors.
Thought-controlled computing is the eventual goal to control all of our devices. But, it may also help us to understand and react to what is happening inside our head by displaying brain activity. This may benefit biofeedback approaches as it was recently shown that humans more easily control brain activity and stress when they have a picture of what is going on in the their heads. Continue reading “Brain-Controlled Gadgets – Letting Your Mind Control Your Devices” »
Biological organisms and whole biological systems show the characteristics of adaption, reactivity and dispersion. Principles to that degrees of perfection are rarely used in human-engineered technologies.
The multi-disciplinary field of biological computing (also called bio-inspired computing or biocomputing) is based on theoretical natural science and system biology, mathematics, cognitive science, logic and complexity, computer science, informatics, robotics and cybernetics.
Biocomputing aims to solve complex problems and system architectural questions by developing computational models following Continue reading “Biological Inspired Computing – Logic by Nature” »
Affective Computing studies how humans and machines interact on an emotional level. Besides measuring physiological parameters, most progress in affect detection is probably done in the area of speech recognition/detection. Continue reading “Speech Affect Detection – Computers Hear the Emotion in Your Voice” »
It is already habit for most of us to use calendars on computers or mobile devices to schedule our day and get reminded if we have an appointment.
Today’s smartphones are capable to do much more than just tracking our schedule. They have more sensors than most people would ever imagine that permit collecting data about their users. Both, most Android and iPhones are equipped with audio sensors (microphones), image sensors (cameras), touch interfaces on the screen, an acceleration sensor (tri-axial accelerometer), Global Positioning System (GPS), light sensors and multiple other features. Continue reading “Smartphones – Technology to Track your Life” »
Affective Computing studies the relationship of human-machine interaction on the level of emotions:
- How machines correctly can read emotions and show the proper response
- How machines can express emotion-like patterns that effect human affection
Besides smart analytic algorithms Continue reading “Psychological-neurobiological Methods of Affective Computing” »
Emotions are vital to human perception and understanding, impacting cognition, communication and decision-making.
Humans need to experience affection is largely ignored in technology, yet.
Affective Computing is an interdisciplinary field of psychology, computer science, neuroscience/ cognitive science, sociology, education and physiology that investigates and develops applications Continue reading “Affective Computing – When Computers Feel with You” »
Global Position Systems (GPS) significantly changed how we navigate through city traffic to find any destination and reach it as quick as possible.
Soon, advanced navigation systems may even help to provide intelligent analysis tools with traffic information that allow users to know ahead of time about traffic bottlenecks and to find possible strategies for avoid getting into traffic congestions.
Recently, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley, conducted the first large-scale traffic study in Boston and San Francisco to track travel using anonymous cellphone data. Continue reading “Innovative Thinking about Urban Traffic Management” »