Technology: USC Institute for Creative Technologies Presents A Counselor That Is Almost Human (Video)
The USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is really pushing the frontier on what tech can do in the realm of healthcare. ICT’s latest initiative combines two technologies – Multisense and SimSensi – to enable what, in effect, is a virtual counselor. Imagine a truly private visit to a therapist; one in which no other human, not even a human doctor/specialist, is present. The implications are fascinating (and kind of scary).
In the video above, Multisense is showing viewers how it “reads” the actors who are playing the clients in the clip.
‘Multisense automatically tracks and analyzes in real-time facial expressions, body posture, acoustic features, linguistic patterns and higher-level behavior descriptors (e.g. attention, fidgeting). From these signals and behaviors, indicators of psychological distress are inferred to inform directly the healthcare provider or the virtual human.’
Given what Multisense is picking up during the session, and sharing with SimSensei, the virtual counselor is giving human-like responses in real time. An actual counseling session, as a result, should be a real experience for a client.
‘SimSensei is a virtual human platform specifically designed for healthcare support and is based on the 10+ years of expertise at ICT with virtual human research and development. The platform enables an engaging face-to-face interaction where the virtual human automatically reacts to the perceived user state and intent, through its own speech and gestures.’
Amazing! But ICT is very clear on this point: This dual-tech platform is NOT a substitute for counseling. Rather, it is a support tool for counselors and healthcare providers; a powerful tool.
Journalist and music industry insider Matt Sonzala hosts a panel discussion at the Scion AV Music(less) Music Conference. The first segment of the ‘Current State of Rap Music’ is ready for viewing above. Matt has Killer Mike setting it off with straight talk on his story in the rap game. No punches pulled. No anger. Just Mike stating his point of view. Powerful! In part 2 of this exclusive panel discussion, the other panel members (Action Bronson and producer Harry Fraud) join in the discussion with their opinions of major labels. Check that out – as well as the rest of the panel discussion – after the jump.
‘The Scion Music(less) Music Conference 2012 is an exclusive mix of panel discussions and one-on-one conversations highlighting the brightest minds in today’s creative culture. Learn first-hand from industry movers and shakers as they offer their views on art and commerce.’
Great viewing. Watch all the clips. Thank me later!
This is Alex from Federal Jack and Hack Miami. You see, Alex was arrested by the Miami Police Department… who tampered with video evidence to pin false charges on him! In the above video, Alex breaks down how he was able to recover video footage that enabled him to be exonerated (a process he calls ‘forensic recovery’). For a step-by-step process on how to recover deleted files from your camera and more on Alex see We Are Change on YouTube.
‘Engineering student Stephen Lake, 23, and his 15-employee startup, Thalmic Labs, has since developed a plastic armband called Myo (Greek for “muscle”) that allows wearers to control electronic devices with gestures without holding a gadget. The band detects electrical impulses traveling from the brain to hand and arm muscles. Software translates these signals in a way that a PC, tablet, or remote-controlled helicopter can interpret. (Thalmic is awaiting patent approvals.) “We already use our hands for everything,” Lake says, after demonstrating how Myo can replace a keyboard and mouse…While Thalmic hasn’t yet released apps for Myo, it has presold more than 25,000 of the armbands on its website at $149 a pop and raised over $1 million from angel investors and Canadian government and university grants.’
No product on the market, yet he has all this going for him. Do you respect this young innovator’s techno-business-gangsta yet? What if I told you that the Businessweek writeup has the market for this gadget at about a half BILLION dollars??!! Yeah, who do you know who had it going like this at 23?
Legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff shows off his studio and the power and range of his music setup. From digital to analog to heritage pieces… Jazzy Jeff even has the original analog board used to produce Sesame Street! Check it. A visual treat for heads and geeks alike.
Ever wonder what happens to a package between the time you drop it off at the post office and it arrives, safely, at its final destination? What kind of system it goes through before it’s delivered to you? Ruben van der Vleuten, designer of Tasty Tweets and Blind Maps, was curious…so he rigged a standard cardboard box–sent from himself, to himself–to record the journey.
As for the footage, van der Vleuten was amazed to see the complex – and efficient – conveyor belt system at work; and that relatively few people actually touched the package on its journey. But most surprising (and a bit scary), was that based on the pics that showed the open box; that thing really, really looks like a homemade bomb! “To be honest this was my biggest concern as well,” van der Vleuten admits. He included a note explaining that this was part of a student project with no criminal intent, but regardless: “Every time, I was bringing it to the post office with sweaty hands.”
As is their duty, delivery workers drop off packages like this every day. Neither rain, nor sleet… nor threat of ‘bomb’… or something like that, right?
Well, Bubba Watson officially has the coolest golf cart ever…because it is a HOVERCRAFT!
U.S. Masters Champion Bubba Watson and Oakley set out to create the world’s first hovercraft golf cart. The result, the BW1, is is golf course transportation that can glide over any terrain type there (and water), without damaging the grass. Will this bring more folks out to the links to try the age old Scottish game of strategy? Maybe, but most may never get out of the cart!
Hazardous kerosene lamps, still used in many developing countries, are a major expense for many of the world’s estimated 1.5 billion families without electricity. Poor households typically spend at least 10 percent of their income on kerosene, as much as $36 billion a year worldwide, according to the World Bank. So far, efforts to use solar energy, hydroelectric microgrids, or repurpose old car batteries have also been problematic, says Joe Hale, president of the nonprofit Global BrightLight Foundation.
Gravity could help. British industrial designer Martin Riddiford has created a pineapple-size lamp called the GravityLight – powered by a 25-pound weight that falls about six feet in a half-hour. It shines slightly brighter than most kerosene lamps, and continuous use only requires manually lifting the weight back to the top to repeat the process every 30 minutes during which light is needed.
(Bonus: This means that one day there’ll be no more yelling at relatives about leaving lights on and running up the bill in homes using this innovation.)
Construction of the highways of the future (in the Netherlands) begins this year! Roads that will help recharge electric cars, display weather conditions for drivers on the street, and light the roadsides and pavement beneath their feet (tires)… heavily utilizing renewable energy sources like wind and solar). Incredible!
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Ali Hajimiri, a professor of electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, has created a chip capable of producing terahertz waves—radiation (or T-rays) that can penetrate materials such as plastic and wood without the side effects associated with X-rays. So far, T-rays have been used mostly in experiments in medical and dental imaging. But Hajimiri, working with postdoctoral researcher Kaushik Sengupta, got thousands of tiny transistors to operate in concert, producing T-rays from a smaller machine. When connected with a computer or mobile device, the 0.1 inch-wide silicon chip technology could help doctors locate skin cancer noninvasively, speed up passenger scans at airport security lines, scan suspicious packages at the post office, or find art hidden behind painted walls.
Aww, not quite what you were expecting? C’mon though. It’s still pretty cool tech, right?
Above: Bitcraze is buzzing will be selling mini-drone copter kits this spring, but you can pre-order now.
Wait…WHAT? Didn’t we just post on military drones that might be over our cities. Now, we’re talking about drones in our cities… launched from private homes? Yep. Believe it.
Marcus Eliasson, Arnaud Taffanel, and Tobias Antonsson are the engineers behind the Swedish startup Bitcraze; and they now accepting pre-orders for a palm-sized quadcopter called the Crazyflie Nano. At less than four inches across and 19 grams, the device is small enough to fly under tables and chairs, and through enclosed spaces.
The trio used only open source material for the project’s hardware and code. So, they did not have to waste time and money they did not have to test and perfect their market version. No fighting over intellectual property rights either.
They have already gotten suggestions for modifications to the $149 device, and hacked the copter to carry a video camera, LEDs, and even an inductive charger. There will already be a more advanced, $173 Crazyflie Nano, with a magnetometer and altimeter offered.
This is a game-changer for people who use wheelchairs to get around. Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology has developed a robotic wheelchair that negotiates obstacles by turning its wheels into legs and climbing over them.
Holes and gaps in the road, bumps, sidewalk curbs, and steps currently bar access to free travel for those in a traditional wheelchair. Turning around in small spaces is also a huge challenge. But Chiba’s chair will change that. More robot than mobility chair, the robo-chair can actually climb stairs and move safely over uneven surfaces and onto or down off curbs. In addition, it can retract and realign its wheels to make tight 360 degree turns, all with the twist of a joystick.
So, this model proves the robo-chair to be more than a concept; rather a prototype. Next up: A project to develop wheelchairs that help people reach and read items too far overhead for folks using mobility chairs of today.
Collaborators from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Yuan Ze University, National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University developed the i-Transport model wheel chair that can lift its passenger to a standing position. Other features of the wheelchair include:
- A built-in microchip for monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and body temperature.
- A touch screen with radio frequency identification technology that allows users to control home appliances and other electrical devices from their wheelchair.
- Navigation software and obstacle detectors which allows users to enter the coordinates for frequently visited locations and change the routes upon request.
- Heather Fairchild, AtlantaCareerPath.com
Good tech. DAMN good tech!
AMAZING! The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. By carefully manipulating the temperature, humidity and lighting in a room, Smilde conjures a cloud out of… well… thin air… using a fog machine!