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With corporate demand for data security growing, full data encryption is becoming a default feature in the mobile space. [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Source: Network Computing
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review. [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
A roundup of the most interesting stories from other sites, collected by the staff at MIT Technology Review.Smartphones Don’t Make Us DumbIt’s not clear that phones shrink our attention span, but they may be changing the way we think, reducing reflection and daydreaming. —Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
Is there one code to rule them all? Today's IT jobs demand programming skills, but it can be tough to predict the specific languages you may need. Let The Lord of the Rings be your guide. [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: Network Computing
Many new wireless devices don't play well on enterprise WLANs. It's time for the Wi-Fi Alliance to step up and fix the fragmented WiFi market. [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: Network Computing
You're moving to the cloud, and you may think the hard part - the internal debates, politics, and budget calculating - is behind you. Unfortunately, most companies make some basic mistakes and assumptions that make their migration to the cloud significantly more difficult. Cloud expert Joe Masters Emison points them out so that you can avoid them. [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: Network Computing
01-22-2015A proposed helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day and help pinpoint interesting targets for study. [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: JPL / NASA News
01-22-2015An instrument called SPIDER just landed after 16 days drifting in the wind above Antarctica, searching for signs of inflation in the earliest moments of the universe. [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Source: JPL / NASA News
A wearable display set for release by Microsoft later this year can augment your world with realistic, interactive virtual objects.Microsoft today showed off an augmented reality headset slated for release later this year. The compact, visor-style device, called Hololens, generates holograms that make 3-D objects appear to the wearer to be overlaid on the real world. [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
In the quest to make wearable electronics useful, researchers take a close look at the neck.Microsoft researchers have created a scarf that can be commanded to heat up and vibrate via a smartphone app, part of an exploration of how the accessory could eventually work with emerging biometric- and emotion-sensing devices. It could, perhaps, soothe you if a sensor on your body determines you’re down—a function that could be particularly useful for people who have disorders such as autism and have trouble managing their feelings. [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Source: MIT Tech Review - Computing
01-21-2015The new edition of NASA's Spinoff presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world, including several that were developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Source: JPL / NASA News
01-14-2015NASA instruments on a mountaintop show that Los Angeles' annual methane emissions are 18 to 61 percent higher than the best previous estimates. [...]
Wed, Jan 14, 2015
Source: JPL / NASA News
A paralyzed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements. [...]
Sun, Dec 21, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. [...]
Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect. [...]
Fri, Dec 19, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
University of California Berkeley researchers have created a pulse oximeter, commonly used to measure heart rate and blood oxygen levels, using all organic materials instead of silicon. The advance could lead to cheap, flexible sensors that could be used like a Band-Aid. [...]
Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Source: Cybernetics News
VMware's Virtual SAN 1.0 combines easy setup and management with high availability and high performance -- and freedom from traditional storage systems [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
AMD said Tuesday that it will sell three 2.5-inch SSDs manufactured by enthusiast house OCZ, allowing AMD to offer high-speed storage alongside microprocessors and graphics chips. [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
Small businesses are growing up when it comes to data, investing in bigger and smarter storage systems that can be shared among PCs, tablets and smartphones. [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS
Dell is organizing the backup software products that it has acquired in the past two years into a coherent portfolio, bundling three of its storage software products into a single package to simplify licensing for the enterprise. [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Source: Computerworld RSS

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A cyborg, short for “cybernetic organism“, is a being with both organic and artificial parts. See for example biomaterials and bioelectronics. The term was coined in 1960 when Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. Kline used it in an article about the advantages of self-regulating human-machine systems in outer space.[1] D. S. Halacy’s Cyborg: Evolution of the Superman in 1965 featured an introduction which spoke of a “new frontier” that was “not merely space, but more profoundly the relationship between ‘inner space’ to ‘outer space’ – a bridge…between mind and matter.”

The beginning of Cyborg creation began when HCI (human-computer interaction) began. There is a clear distinction between the human and computerized technology in HCI, which differs from cyborgs in that cyborgs act out human functions.

The term cyborg is often applied to an organism that has enhanced abilities due to technology,[3] though this perhaps oversimplifies the necessity of feedback for regulating the subsystem. The more strict definition of Cyborg is almost always considered as increasing or enhancing normal capabilities. While cyborgs are commonly thought of as mammals, they might also conceivably be any kind of organism and the term “Cybernetic organism” has been applied to networks, such as road systems, corporations and governments, which have been classed as such. The term can also apply to micro-organisms which are modified to perform at higher levels than their unmodified counterparts. It is hypothesized that cyborg technology will form a part of the future human evolution.

Fictional cyborgs are portrayed as a synthesis of organic and synthetic parts, and frequently pose the question of difference between human and machine as one concerned with morality, free will, and empathy. Fictional cyborgs may be represented as visibly mechanical (e.g. the Cybermen in the Doctor Who franchise or The Borg from Star Trek); or as almost indistinguishable from humans (e.g. the Terminators from the Terminator films, the “Human” Cylons from the re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica etc.) The 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man featured one of the most famous fictional cyborgs, referred to as a bionic man; the series was based upon a novel by Martin Caidin entitled Cyborg. Cyborgs in fiction often play up a human contempt for over-dependence on technology, particularly when used for war, and when used in ways that seem to threaten free will. Cyborgs are also often portrayed with physical or mental abilities far exceeding a human counterpart (military forms may have inbuilt weapons, among other things).

 

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