Real-time brain feedback can help people overcome anxiety | KurzweilAI
People provided with a real-time readout of activity in specific regions of their brains can learn to control that activity and lessen their anxiety, say Yale researchers.
They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to display the activity of the orbitofrontal cortex (a brain region just above the eyes) to subjects while they lay in a brain scanner.
Through a process of trial and error, these subjects were gradually able to learn to control their brain activity. This led both to changes in brain connectivity and to increased control over anxiety. These changes were still present several days after the training.
Extreme anxiety associated with worries about dirt and germs is characteristic of many patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Hyperactivity in the orbitofrontal cortex is seen in many of these individuals.

Real-time brain feedback can help people overcome anxiety | KurzweilAI

People provided with a real-time readout of activity in specific regions of their brains can learn to control that activity and lessen their anxiety, say Yale researchers.

They used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to display the activity of the orbitofrontal cortex (a brain region just above the eyes) to subjects while they lay in a brain scanner.

Through a process of trial and error, these subjects were gradually able to learn to control their brain activity. This led both to changes in brain connectivity and to increased control over anxiety. These changes were still present several days after the training.

Extreme anxiety associated with worries about dirt and germs is characteristic of many patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Hyperactivity in the orbitofrontal cortex is seen in many of these individuals.

Patent No. 8229853. 2012.   Real-time fraud prevention.    
This patented system stops fraudulent credit and debit card purchases before they happen. The locations of the purchases must match what you have indicated in your travel itineraries, and if they don’t, the system will recognize that something’s up and stop the transaction before you fund someone’s extravagant designer-handbag shopping spree.
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Patent No. 8229853. 2012.   
Real-time fraud prevention.    

This patented system stops fraudulent credit and debit card purchases before they happen. The locations of the purchases must match what you have indicated in your travel itineraries, and if they don’t, the system will recognize that something’s up and stop the transaction before you fund someone’s extravagant designer-handbag shopping spree.

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Nestle Crunches the Social Media Numbers
The global packaged food company Nestle has a year-old “digital acceleration team” with rows of wall-mounted screens and live data visualized for rapid analysis and alerts. The mission? To transform the negative perceptions that have run rampant through the digital world for the past few years by engaging today’s employees and consumers.

Nestle Crunches the Social Media Numbers

The global packaged food company Nestle has a year-old “digital acceleration team” with rows of wall-mounted screens and live data visualized for rapid analysis and alerts. The mission? To transform the negative perceptions that have run rampant through the digital world for the past few years by engaging today’s employees and consumers.

Visit the GBS Virtual Center  for the 2012 CEO Study 3D Experience

To socialize and share Leading Through Connections, the 2012 IBM Global CEO Study, we’ve converted our newly upgraded Virtual Center into a realtime environment where you can experience some of the findings from this seminal study via “web walls” and internet-integrated content.

You can also interact with IBMers and other visitors in realtime 3D, complete with built-in 3D voice. new features including webcam sharing and support for Macs.

So stop by anytime and connect with IBMers and experience the 2012 CEO Study in this exciting new way. After a brief one-time setup of the environment’s plugin, you can come in, customize your avatar and take a tour of the virtual space.

Tele-Present Water by David Bowen

I rarely use the phrase ‘mind blown’, but this is one of those rare occurrences.

An art installation which combines real-time data, mechanical puppetry, and a physical grid representation usually employed virtually with computers:

This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station 46246, 49.985 N 145.089 W (49°59’7” N 145°5’20” W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure resulting in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from halfway around the world.

Link to the artist’s website for this work can be found here

via prostheticknowledge:

IBM recently announced a Smarter Checkout solution that enables retailers to provide customers with a more personalized, interactive experience by offering them targeted third-party products and services at checkout.

Continuing to drive innovation and newer solutions for traditional markets with omnipresent data capture devices, or smart meters as IBM prefers to call them, mixed with its industry leading analytics, makes Big Blue one of the most exciting companies to watch.

Combining IBM’s systems, software and services, the new technology will enable retailers to capture and analyze valuable consumer data (for example, when a purchase is scanned at checkout) and employ real-time basket analytics to offer them new products or services right then and there, essentially making the traditional point-of-sale station a true point-of-service.

This technology can be applied on a range of commercial services from supermarket checkout lanes to the movie box office

Knewton, The Adaptive Learning Company, Receives $33 Million To Revolutionize Learning | Singularity Hub
What is it exactly that these groups are investing in? Knewton’s Adaptive Learning Platform takes the material in textbooks and reorganizes it in a way that best suits the students’ learning style. Mastered material is skipped, which makes for a less boring study time. And material that used to be just pages in a textbook are combined with multimedia for maximum engagement. But the truly remarkable aspect of the technology is its iterative aspect. Through exercises and quizzes the program learns what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are, and adjusts the material in real time. Instead of subjecting all students to the same curriculum, Knewton’s technology shapes the material so that each student receives a personalized education that meets their unique needs.

Knewton, The Adaptive Learning Company, Receives $33 Million To Revolutionize Learning | Singularity Hub

What is it exactly that these groups are investing in? Knewton’s Adaptive Learning Platform takes the material in textbooks and reorganizes it in a way that best suits the students’ learning style. Mastered material is skipped, which makes for a less boring study time. And material that used to be just pages in a textbook are combined with multimedia for maximum engagement. But the truly remarkable aspect of the technology is its iterative aspect. Through exercises and quizzes the program learns what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are, and adjusts the material in real time. Instead of subjecting all students to the same curriculum, Knewton’s technology shapes the material so that each student receives a personalized education that meets their unique needs.

Tracking heart rate in real time on a smartphone (by epflnews)

Patients and their doctors can now immediately be made aware of heart rate anomalies directly on their iPhone or other mobile device, thanks to a small and non-invasive apparatus made at EPFL - http://esl.epfl.ch/