May 26, 2014

Speeding up brain networks might boost IQ

Back in 2009 a team of dutch scientists were analyzing the brain. They found that for all the denseness of the

brain doesn't really matter. It does just not as much as they originally thought. Its really about the efficiency of the wired brain. They found that the most intelligent people have the fastest connections not the most

Thus suggests that you may be able to increase your brain performance or boost your intelligence  via drugs. It also suggests that by speeding up ANN's (Artificial Neural Networks) may boost the intelligence of the system

In 2011 There were some studies done by Air Force researchers. They found that they could cut training time in half for air force pilots by delivering a mild electrical current (two milliamperes of direct current for 30 minutes).You can read the full article here

There are already a number of consumer products being created to try and take advantage of this discovery and its starting to hit the mainstream. Wired did an article on it "Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation". As well self described biohackers like Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey are touting the positive effects it has had on them. has released several product geared for gamers. And Fisher Wallace has release a slightly different product to help people treat insomnia

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So I decided to buy one a year ago and test it on myself. I got a cheaper tDCS ApeX Type A from Amazon. It worked great just like I expected. Being a connoisseur of nootropics(aka smart drugs) I usually run a battery of tests on myself to see if they are actually doing anything like the dual and back test. I did notice some improvement in working memory. I am still using it once a week to this day. I do believe I am gaining a benefit from it.

May 24, 2014

Primordial Gravitational Waves: The future of probing the past

primordial gravitational waves
Launched back on May 14,2009 the European Space Agency's Planck satellite will
enable us to find out what happened just fractions of a second after the big bang by examining the cosmic
microwave background in exquisite detail.

Now 5 years later they are getting closer than ever to finally getting some answers. They recently released an announcement saying they have just found some signs of primordial gravitational waves.

A ways back Einstein theorized that gravitational waves  were a kind of ripple in space-timeand did in fact exist.

Scientists were using Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarisation (BICEP2 for short) at an  experiment at the South Pole and may have found footprints these waves.

What might this mean in lamens terms?

Studying the Universe with gravitational waves can bring about a wealth of new data. Produced mostly by catastrophic events like collisions of black holes, these waves are completely different in their nature from electromagnetic radiation. It is like adding sound to our image of the Universe.

December 8, 2013

voice control for your home for time and money savings

Being hands free and well be freeing. I've been experimenting with an older version of dragon naturally speaking for the last couple of years. I started using it for just commanding my  pc but quickly started messing around with it for my AI robotics projects, syncing it up with various devices attached to my house like our lighting, heating, water, window systems and my cell phone. I have found great time savings in using these technologies.

Advantages of using a voice control system for your house

When i walk into my house i don't have to turn on 3-5 light switch's. When i leave my house my kids are running around over 3 floors and its time consuming to have to go back checking every light to make sure they are all off. Its easier just to speak into your cell phone "shut it all down" and your good to go. When you are doing something in a room for a long period of time you can save electricity by telling your system to shut everything else off. Many appliances get left on especially if you area busy person or have kids running all over your house like I do. You can hook up your water sprinkler  systems to this also but it really isn't necessary if you get a cheap 5$ timer from your local hardware store.

What i found is a way to hook all this up with some free software online. You will of course need to get the right devices to control each. Afterwards you will have to sync them up with your controller of choice(desktop computer, cell phone, tablet etc) and do some adjustments with voice control software. But it is very doable even for the non-techie.It you really want to go all out you could hook up mics in each room or wear a bluetooth or headset around the house

Epeaking software is the free one I was talking about. Its biggest benefit is that's its free. The downside is that you will have to do a little more tinkering with it.

The best software that's the easiest to use that I started with was Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English. It runs about 50$


There are lots of reasonably priced mics for under 100$ that will suit your needs.Make sure they are omni-directional which means they will pick up sound from the entire area around the mic and not just directly in front of it.