TEDx RoseTree 2019 done and dusted!

TEDx RoseTree 2019 done! What a fabulous experience – I met so many amazing people, and thoroughly enjoyed being in the middle of the vortex of ideas and creativity. My talk “How VR will supercharge grassroots movements” will be posted by TED soon, and I’ll update it here when they do.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank Stacy Olkowski and her team for the herculean amount of work pulling this all together must have been. Well done! It always takes one person with a vision and a lot of persistence to get the ball rolling on something, and she sure did deliver in a remarkably short amount of time.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/lindaricci_tedxrosetree-vr-virtualreality-activity-6607083648019681280-q7te

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Reading my mind

Fascinating stuff. And, whoa. The inevitable march towards brain-computer interface continues! “Researchers from Russian corporation Neurobotics and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have found a way to visualize a person’s brain activity as actual images mimicking what they observe in real time. “

We are rapidly moving from keyboard and mouse input – which, although we’ve done it so long that it *seems* natural, but it is not – to spatial input; this is truly an astounding leap towards natural computing.

I applaud the application that this particular work is working towards (helping post-stroke patient with rehabilitation devices controlled by brain signals), but imagine a world where we don’t have to interact with technology – and each other – through screens!

One of the many challenges is that although there is a standard model for brain architecture, everyone has their own variation, so there are no specific templates that can be applied. No doubt there will be a “training” period for the interface. But once “trained” our personal brain reader will be able to function across all interfaces; unless of course Apple and Microsoft put up the usual walled garden model (personal gripe, also true with VR headsets; this game only works with this system etc).

But inevitably, the early stage development is paid off, enough people adopt, the squinky convoluted hoops early adopters need to jump through are ironed out, and mass adoption takes off. And while I realize that true brain computing interface is a long way off, I’m heartened by all the work I’ve seen by teams like this (CTRL-Labs in particular – interestingly, just bought by Facebook) . And hope that it will help the quality of life for both patients with limitations, and mundane every day life.

https://techxplore.com/news/2019-10-neural-network-reconstructs-human-thoughts.html

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Details around presenting at TEDx Rosetree (Philadelphia) on 11/11/19

For those interested in attending in person here’s a link to the TEDx Rosetree (Philadelphia) event I’ll be presenting at on November 19th. Only 100 tickets! – $100 each (incredibly reasonable IMHO…given the prices I see of other conferences).

The theme is “Grassroots” and how every idea starts as a small concept, and requires levels of incubation and nurture. Conceptually, grassroots embraces all ideas that grow when they involve their community.

My presentation is around the subject of Immersive Technologies (VR/AR) and how they will be the rocket fuel that supercharges global grassroots movements and community building.

I will definitely be posting links to the presentations afterwards as well.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/details-around-presenting-tedx-rosetree-philadelphia-111119-ricci