Are we in the future already and someone forgot to tell me? The following video from TED demos a device, named Sixth Sense, which takes us to the future, today. The Sixth Sense device does not use any breakthrough technology (actually you can try to build one for 350 USD), but the interaction and functionalities on it made me wonder. I want one of these:
This is one of those breakthrough ideas you have in a lifetime: Siftables. This is Human Computer Interface like you never seen before. The first time I saw this video, my jaw dropped, so I had to watch it again. As an appetizer, here is what they say at the TED website:
MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?
Watch the video and start thinking about the possibilities:
Today I found an amazing Ted Talk, by Dan Gilbert, titled "Exploring the frontier of happiness", which gave me a lot of helpful insights (and it toke me only 33 minutes). Dan speaks about our inability to estimate odds and value, and how than has an impact on our daily life. A must see:
Another great Ted talk, this time from neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor which had a great opportunity for a brain scientist:
One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another
It's a very strong, emotional story, explaining the differences between our right and left brain hemispheres, told in the first person.
Barry Schwartz studies the relationship between economics and psychology, delivering startling insights into modern life. His latest book, The Paradox of Choice, argues that the abundance of choice in today’s western world leads not to happiness but psychological distress.