leap motion – becoming the future, yellow pepper wallpaper, we live in a material world

Remember the movie The Minority Report based on the P.K. Dick short story. Even if you did not like the movie the look at the future was interesting in terms of the technology. I remember reading an article about how the producers determined what futuristic technology they would use was based on interviews they did with scientists who specialize in predicting what science and technology will look like in that future, and thus how society will change with that technology. One of the most fascinating possibilities presented in the movie was the sensory manipulation of computing devices. Not to be confused with touch sensitive devices like smartphones or computer pads. At the office John Anderton quickly scrawls through multiple screens and at home he watches a movie and rewinds it a few frames just by flicking his hand at the screen. Well that feature has pretty much arrived, The Most Important New Technology Since the Smart Phone Arrives December 2012

By now, many of us are aware of the Leap Motion, a small, $70 gesture control system that simply plugs into any computer and, apparently, just works. If you’ve seen the gesture interfaces in Minority Report, you know what it does. More importantly, if you’re familiar with the touch modality — and at this point, most of us are — the interface is entirely intuitive. It’s touch, except it happens in the space in front of the screen, so you don’t have to cover your window into your tech with all those unsightly smudges.

[  ]…Plus, Leap operates in three dimensions rather than two. Forget pinch-to-zoom; imagine “push to scroll,” rotating your flattened hand to control the orientation of an object with a full six degrees of freedom, or using both hands at once to control either end of a bezier surface you’re casually sculpting as part of an object you’ll be sending to your 3D printer.

The fact that the Leap can see almost any combination of objects – a pen, your fingers, all 10 fingers at once, should make every interface designer on the planet giddy with anticipation.

To double or triple your fun there is going to be an app store. Combined with the power of thousands of developers, Leap should be an amazing advance in education, art and the sciences.

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I can kind of see where people find Deepak Chopra charming or bright, but he should take just one course in introductory logic, Proof That the Brain Creates the Conscious Mind

“Where is the experience of red in your brain?” The question was put to me by Deepak Chopra at his Sages and Scientists Symposium in Carlsbad, Calif., on March 3. A posse of presenters argued that the lack of a complete theory by neuroscientists regarding how neural activity translates into conscious experiences (such as “redness”) means that a physicalist approach is inadequate or wrong. “The idea that subjective experience is a result of electrochemical activity remains a hypothesis,” Chopra elaborated in an e-mail. “It is as much of a speculation as the idea that consciousness is fundamental and that it causes brain activity and creates the properties and objects of the material world.”

“Where is Aunt Millie’s mind when her brain dies of Alzheimer’s?” I countered to Chopra. “Aunt Millie was an impermanent pattern of behavior of the universe and returned to the potential she emerged from,” Chopra rejoined. “In the philosophic framework of Eastern traditions, ego identity is an illusion and the goal of enlightenment is to transcend to a more universal nonlocal, nonmaterial identity.”

Red exists outside the condition of being alive. It is defined by humans via processing, but our processing does not make it exist. If there is something supernatural about the logical condition of the color red than every animal that can see color has a soul – or whatever magical ingredient one believes in. Or still another way of looking at it; if all humanity died tomorrow would the color red stop existing. The only thing nonmaterial identity proven thus far is the law of thermodynamics that says all the matter in the universe is constant. So eventually the material you returns to being individual atoms – which are mostly composed of light. Light is still being examined, but thus far no one has identified it as having something like human consciousness. That requires the organized structure of neurons. Neurons are just billions of atoms arranged in a way that can perceive red. Miraculous, but not supernatural.

JPMorgan Trading Loss May Reach $9 Billion

As JPMorgan has moved rapidly to unwind the position — its most volatile assets in particular — internal models at the bank have recently projected losses of as much as $9 billion. In April, the bank generated an internal report that showed that the losses, assuming worst-case conditions, could reach $8 billion to $9 billion, according to a person who reviewed the report.

With much of the most volatile slice of the position sold, however, regulators are unsure how deep the reported losses will eventually be. Some expect that the red ink will not exceed $6 billion to $7 billion.

Nonetheless, the sharply higher loss totals will feed a debate over how strictly large financial institutions should be regulated and whether some of the behemoth banks are capitalizing on their status as too big to fail to make risky trades.

….“Essentially, JPMorgan has been operating a hedge fund with federal insured deposits within a bank,” said Mark Williams, a professor of finance at Boston University, who also served as a Federal Reserve bank examiner.

H/T to Atrios for the link. The idea that Jp made that trade based on the idea floating somewhere around their hormone riddled heads – that they would get a another bail-out is galling. Though I wonder if they fully understand the political atmosphere. The next panic that might cause a collapse of the financial sector could be met with a government response such as taking over the bank, firing the top executives and selling off toxic assets at a big discount. I just do not see this president – under current circumstances signing off on another TARP-like bail-out.

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For hardcore geek who love ink, Stormtrooper with wellies and umbrella tattoo

Will Fox Report On Fortune Bombshell That Fast And Furious Didn’t Involve Gunwalking? I wonder if Democrats will now have the….. to move to censure Darrell Issa (R-CA) for abuse of his committee powers.