Saturday, May 15, 2010

Living in a Sci fi Dream: I am lining up for this Device!

Those of you who know me understand that I am a gadget person and right out there on the edge of anything new.

I definitely would be in the early adopter category on the Roger's Diffusion of Innovation curve.
For some reason, when I hear about a new technology, tool or even an idea, I sit up and take notice and check into it to see if it might be something great.  Then if it  does look worthwhile - I go for it!  Sometimes I am wrong, sometimes I am right.  I figure you can't always be right and there are benefits to be had in the use of innovative tools and techniques.

I have had a special interest in the area of Brain Machine interfaces for the last year.  It is something (not giving away too much) that is featured in my novel in progress, drafted during NaNoWriMo last November.  So I was absolutely blown away when I saw a Video this week which featured and the Emotiv device.  Having watched this Video I am dumb founded.

The Emotiv Mind Machine Control Device

Mind Control Device Demonstration -  In the video following Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person's thoughts to input computer commands.

Idea City 2010

Tan Le is a presenter at Idea City 2010.   What is Idea City, you might ask?

Idea City is Toronto's answer to Ted Talks which is held in Toronto on June 16,17,18 2010.

From the Idea City Website:
What is ideaCity?
50 Presenters, 3 Legendary Parties, a Ton of Inspiration

ideaCity, also known as 'Canada's Premiere Meeting of the Minds', is an eclectic gathering of artists, adventurers, authors, cosmologists, doctors, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, magicians, musicians, scientists and technologists.

Fifty of the planet's brightest minds converge on Toronto each June to speak to a highly engaged audience. Only 700 are privileged to attend.

Produced and presented by Moses Znaimer, ideaCity is not themed around any one topic, issue or business. There are no scripted speeches or, breakout or parallel sessions. Rather, everyone is in one place and in on the same narrative.

With extra-long schmooze breaks between sessions, and legendary parties each night, attendees have had an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with such notable speakers as Conrad Black, Barbara Gowdy, Michael Ignatieff, Douglas Coupland, Pamela Wallin, Pete Seeger, Robert Kennedy Jr., John Ralston Saul, Daniel Libeskind, Clayton Ruby, Romeo Dallaire and the late Peter Jennings.

I am sooooo tempted to buy tickets and attend this year's idea city!  It is very expensive, but I wonder if I could possibly justify it as a business expense?

1 comment:

  1. If you are interested in knowing about ideaCity 2010, Vidafine will be there with live feeds and daily updates during the conference!


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