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    It's one of the staples of sf - tying computers direct into the nervous system.

    It looks like ti's finally happening.

    1. Several group developing means to bypass nerve damage and control limbs by impulses sent via computer.
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    2. Australian group says they'll have a working bionic eye within three years.

    link
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    Okay, I said I wouldn't but I'm going to. H.G. Wells warned us. Soon we'll all be the Martians from "War of the Worlds." Hopefully, Tom Cruise will have no part in the reality of it.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2010
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    I for one welcome our new robot (optionally Martian) selves.
    This mechanical stuff is all terribly practical and everything, but we wants internets in our brains. What's taking so long?
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2010
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    as long as i can have a Matrix style plug in port at the back of my head i would be happy with it...
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    Is this the same bionic eye that Wired wrote about years ago which was being secretly tested on human volunteerss to keep governments from shutting them down?
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2010
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    Not ACTUALLY a bionic eye though, is it? It's a pair of glasses with a camera that sends the images to the brain through electrodes. DISAPPOINTED!!! But still, pretty amazing.
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    Magnulus: Is this the same device I've seen in documentaries being utilized in enabling blind people to "see", in effect? Still, I think we should all remember that not a single invention EVER has not been applied, or at least attempted to be applied, to military uses. Even friggin Silly Puddy, we have World War 2 to thank for. Kinda scary, ask you me. Still....Me no like all this over dependence on technology. I was speaking to a school teacher the other day, and she was telling me how her students write their reports inthe same manner in which they type their text messages. I used to think the British were overall more intelligent and informed than the U.S. Citizens, until I've come across some recent polls. something like 25 percent of Britians believe the Sun revolves around the Earth? Did you know that HALF of AMERICANS do not know the OLD TESTEMENT came before the NEW TESTEMENT. That's right; America has two books. One entitled "Old" the other "New," and half of us can't figure out which was written first. Disgraceful. Especially when one consideres that much of that unknowing half are (Ahem) devout Chritians. Ergo, they not only believe a book of B.S., but they don't even know what order it's been written in.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2010 edited
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    Shades of Interface, (link contains spoilers) an entertaining political thriller by "Stephen Bury," who is really Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George (they also wrote Cobweb together). It's from 1994 and is set in the 1996 elections, and features a candidate who recovers from a stroke with the aid of a chip designed specifically to get him into the White House as a puppet working for a consortium determined to make the US pay its national debt (to them) ASAP.

    Because who can resist the urge to fiddle with an interface?
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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2010
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    Xlbalba: I have a feeling a lot of these statistics are based on poorly done research, but I wouldn't know, because I don't know the details of these polls.

    Also, on the issue of children writing in the manner they text, I believe this could be countered if the educational institutions faced "txtspk" head-on. Not by trying to fight it outright, but making it clear that the pupils are expected to write to a certain standard of grammar and spelling in their schoolwork, possibly even by having regular tests to get their pupils used to writing in that way. Education has a tendency to lag behind the development in society and react to change with fear and anger rather than adapting to it. What we call text-speak now appears in personal correspondence between prominent mathematicians in the late 1800s! It's nothing new! What's new is the mass of it and how grammar is being taught at schools.

    When I was in school in Norway, we would be marked down severely if we had a lot of spelling mistakes, even in the 9th grade. We were drilled on grammar throughout our first 9 years of school. Most likely as a result of this, most Norwegians my age are quite good writers, grammatically speaking. In the UK, the school system seems lacking in this respect, as even in the third year of my university course, my lecturers have to remind the class to spell-check and write properly.

    It's not that people are stupid, it's a problem with the educational system.

    Anyway, that's completely off topic. I apologise.
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    Magnulus, I don't think you're off topic at all. I also think you make very valid points. you mentioned prominent mathematicians writting in such a manner over a hundred years ago. Wether one may call it "text speak" or "shorthand," there is nothing wrong with it. Matter of factly, while speaking with said English teacher, I had proposed the question if this trend could be factored by the laws of consonental shift, first proposed by Jacob Grimm, and later expanded upon by others. Perhaps it is, perhaps it is not. All the same, should children not learn everything? The good and the bad? The truth AND the bullshit. At the risk of getting off topic; myself being something of an Athiest, has no problem with teaching religion in schools. I think we should learn every religion, as we learn every scientific theory, and every (ahem) "pagan mythology." Anyhow, I think it is clear that studies must be done. Small, cute, playful studies, but studies nonetheless. I mean....why should I risk emitting deadly carbon when asking you "Have you yet had your supper, and what have you had for tea?", when I can simply spout "Jeetyit?" Saves Time and Space. And Carbon.