Fusfoo Five: Tech (Virtual , Fake News, Poison Taps)

WILL VIRTUAL REALITY MAKE HEAD TRANSPLANTS A REALITY?

Dr. Sergio Canavero, the director of the Heaven project (Head Anastomosis Venture), has announced plans to perform mankind’s first human head transplant next year in China. Canavero claims to have successfully completed the procedure using multiple animals (including a dog that was able to walk after the transplant), but the international medical community has its doubts. The doctor has shared very little procedural information, but admits the procedure brings with it a “high likelihood” for patients to experience “unexpected psychological reactions”, and as such, has designed a VR system to help patients “experience” their new bodies. VR gaming and user experience systems are currently top-selling holiday gifts, but Canavero’s system would certainly be the most ambitious usage of VR technology yet.    

Head Transplant VR System Promo Video

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/embed/video/1360993.html

#AheadOfTheGame #NoGameVR #BodyShock

 

WOULD THIS MAKE YOU WEAR A SMART WATCH?

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an advanced new smartwatch system, providing new promise for a product that has faced declining sales throughout the personal tech industry. By raising smartwatch accelerometer rates to 4 kHz (rather than using the standard 100Hz), technologists have developed apps that utilize bioacoustic signals, or “sounds produced, received and interpreted by living organisms”. Many of these apps are able to integrate inanimate objects being held by the wearer— for example, a guitar can be tuned based on bioacoustics registered as a hand adjusts a tuning peg, and aspiring cooks can be guided through timed recipes based upon acceleration rates of a hand mixing batter or kneading dough.  

Viband Bioacoustics Watch Demo

#SmarterWatch #GoodVibes #Bioacoustics

 

GETTING FAKE NEWS OFF OF FACEBOOK

With post-election reports indicating that misleading headlines and false news on Facebook could have measurably swayed voters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that “there is more work to be done” in order to keep false news off the platform. The latest controversy began after a headline reading “FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead”, was shared 568,000 times in the days before the election, leading some to claim Facebook’s lack of accuracy enforcement could have affected the election, in Donald Trump’s favor. The story, which claims Clinton arranged the murders of a non-existent FBI agent and his wife, originated from a fake news agency called the Denver Guardian. In the past, Zuckerberg has defended Facebook, claiming that less than one percent of all posts contain intentionally misleading content—however, new research shows initial posts are not the problem, but rather the powerful ripple effect of post sharing.

Fake News: The New Trend

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/fake-news-is-the-new-trend-on-facebook-and-twitter-why-it-should-concern-you-1314383.html

 #Fakebook #Falsebook #BadNews

 

 POISON TAP GET YOU ONLINE FOR $5

An independent computer developer has created a $5 USB device that allows users to hack locked and password protected computers using a simple, plug-and-pull process. Once plugged in, the device simulates internet activity, then hijacks the resultant data traffic, including “cookies”, tiny data files that log details about a computer’s internet use. After capture, cookies may be used to access personal account information on websites that attack victims frequent. A Poison Tap requires no training to use and continues its work even after it is removed from the USB port, allowing attackers to remotely access victimized web accounts in an undetected manner. The only requirement for the initial hack to occur is that the locked computer have an internet browser open during the USB plug-in.

PoisonTap Creator Demo

#USBHijack #CookieMonster #BudgetHacks

 

SUB AQUATIC ROBOTS WILL CLEAN UP THE OCEAN FLOOR

With its red eyes and menacing snake-like body, an Eelume looks more like

a deadly Sentinel from The Matrix than a friendly, “subsea intervention” module. Designed to monitor and repair underwater machinery, these self-propelled devices permanently reside on the ocean floor, where they essentially function as mechanical janitors. The Eelume features a lithe, flexible design that affords easy access to tight, nearly unreachable, spaces. Similar maintenance devices do already exist, but their awkward, arm-like extensions make intricate repairs extremely difficult. The cost, complexity and depth of underwater machinery has substantially increased over the last 10 years, making the Eelume a crucial development for subsea engineers.

Eelume Main Site

http://eelume.com/#_about

#UnderwaterJanitors #SubseaTech #RepairSnake

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