In a time of drastic change, it is the LEARNERS who inherit the future. The LEARNED usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
— Eric Hoffer
Video from your brain
This is pretty cool. Berkeley scientists are starting to be able to construct videos based on brain activity.
They are very loose approximations based on existing video footage, but still cool.
The left clip is a segment of the movie that the subject viewed while in the magnet. The right clip shows the reconstruction of this movie from brain activity measured using fMRI. The reconstruction was obtained using only each subject’s brain activity and a library of 18 million seconds of random YouTube video.
(In brief, the algorithm processes each of the 18 million clips through a model of each individual brain, and identifies the clips that would likely have produced brain activity as similar to the measured brain activity as possible. The clips used to fit the model, those used to test the model and those used to reconstruct the stimulus were entirely separate.) Brain activity was sampled every one second, and each one-second section of the viewed movie was reconstructed separately.
I recently read 2 great books about Google. I love to read books about the early days of companies.
Check out these two – they are both worth reading.
In the Plex
This is a great all-around Google book with details on different parts of the business. From what I can tell (I have skimmed others) – this seems like the best in-depth Google book.
I’m Feeling Lucky
This one is written from the perspective of a Google (Marketing) employee. Well written and a lot more on the personal level than In the Plex. You get stories at a really personal level from early in the life of Google. There are funny moments and stressful moments. Entertaining.
A quote I find interesting from ZAMM.
Everyone’s just about out of gumption. And I think it’s about time to return to the rebuilding of this American resource—individual worth. There are political reactionaries who’ve been saying something close to this for years. I’m not one of them, but to the extent they’re talking about real individual worth and not just an excuse for giving more money to the rich, they’re right. We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance and old-fashioned gumption. We really do.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenanceby Robert M. Pirsig
Tomorrow’s Trends will have a new owner
Hundreds of posts and several years since its inception, I have moved on from my blog: Tomorrow’s Trends. The last couple years have been a whirlwind as I worked on launching a major technology product and I have more in the queue. I just have not had time to keep up with Tomorrow’s Trends for a while now. Other things took priority.
When I launched the blog many years ago, I meant for it to be an interesting place for people to find cutting edge business and technology items. Things that might not be covered heavily in major media – but were potentially world changing or simply interesting. I have had some success, as it was inducted into the Forbes network of blogs and also Alltop network of top blogs. It has been fun, but it is time for me to move on.
So, in order for me to move on and for the quality and quantity of posts to improve, I decided to find a new owner. It did not take long. For anyone who would like to keep track of me – you can always follow me at my personal blog (here) on Twitter, and on CrowdPlace.
So, enjoy Tomorrow’s Trends. I look forward to its progress in the future.