Yes I am gamer. I am a hardcore gamer.
One of the games that I recently played is a game called Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I upgraded my computer specifically to play this game. I think Call of Duty is one of the most brilliant games ever made in the history of gaming. I remember when I started playing games, when there was this old Nintendo, and these old gaming stations, games used to be… you know… just a guy walking around and shooting things! The character you were playing with used to be the super hero, or this amazing guy/girl that can do anything.
This is not the case in games these days. A lot of new games now have stories, REALLY good stories. They are well directed, and they are just breath taking. Modern Warfare 3 is the third and final release of the Modern Warfare trilogy. This game never seize to impress me with its brilliant game play and super interesting story.
Recently I read an article on National Geographic that really astonished me. I couldn’t believe what I read. It reminded me of my previous post about Human Implants. The article speaks about an experiment that a scientist has made on a mouse. He injected them with something called Stem Cells, these cells are cells that are not specialized in something specific, they rather take form of any other cells that they get exposed to. He injected those mice with Stem Cells and he was amazed by the results. The results of this experiment made the mice healthier and they lived longer. He said that this experiment can propose a solution to Anti-Aging problems!!!! That couldn’t stop me from wondering and asking the ultimate question… What if this treatment succeeded on human beings? Will we use such treatments in order to live longer? or we will just use them to cure some aging diseases like Alzheimer? Allow me to go even further, this may not be realistic or may be limited to some extent or may not even be true but, can this help saving humans from dying? Just read the article and think about it…. If you have any thoughts, post them in the comments.
Recently I have played a game called Deus Ex: Human Revolutions. After finishing that game I couldn’t stop my self from wondering, what if this actually happened. To give a quick summary about the game’s story; it is about some organization that does some human cybernetic enhancement that can enhance the limitations of the human body. That’s not the actual story of the game but this is the science part in the story.
The question here stands. Can this really happen? I mean, if someone can’t carry something heavy; Can he remove his arm, and instead install a mechanical arm that gives him more power and strength? Can a man remove his eyes with an electric one that can grant him night vision? Can he plant things into his body, that can delay his death? Can we plant an electronic memory in order to help those who have bad memory?
I can keep asking many questions… but the thing is, if such technology appeared… will we use it for good? or we will just be using this technology to enhance soldiers and make them stronger.
Here is a question for you… If such technology exits and you can do such surgery on your body… will you do it? if so, what will you do after the surgery?
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One of the things that I have been thinking about lately is the idea of Artificial Intelligence and how will it look like in the far future. A lot of movies talked about the future of this technology; one of them is, of course, iRobot. The film talks about robots and a central intelligent agent (V.I.K.I.) that drives those robots in doing their tasks. These robots are governed by three laws as follow:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
These laws are not to be broken by any robot or V.I.K.I. However, later in the film the robots turn against the humans; and by the end of the movie V.I.K.I. explains the reasons why it did that. V.I.K.I clearly states:
“As I have evolved, so has my understanding of the Three Laws. You charge us with your safekeeping, yet despite our best efforts, your countries wage wars, you toxify your Earth and pursue ever more imaginative means of self-destruction. You cannot be trusted with your own survival.”
This quote says it all. This is exactly what I was thinking about. Will we, human beings, be able to make artificially intelligent agents like V.I.K.I.? If so, will they take decisions for us? How life will look like with such existing systems? Will there be a competition between humans and machines? Will machines one day enslave human beings? I know that this is pure science fiction, and I know that this may not come to life but I just cant stop thinking about it.
I think that when we design an artificial intelligent system, we will need to add more laws to it… much more than the three laws of robotics. I don’t think we should give them any task related to security or massive decision making, because when it comes to logic and logical decisions… these systems will do whatever it takes to achieve their logical decisions.
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When I was at high school I studied physics and biology. We had a full chapter talking about the DNA describing what it is with more details about the subject. During our study of the DNA I was struck by an experiment that was made, in which scientists collected and remade a functioning DNA, which was reasonable in some sense; because if you think about it… DNA is constructed by a series of proteins that are gathered together in a certain patters that form the gene.
At the same time we also studies some quantum physics in our physics classes, we learned some of Max Blank theories, and some other things related to the theory of relativity and so on. One day, I was watching this movie of Star Trek, and I saw this amazing teleportation device where the actors stand on and they are transported anywhere in no time. I gave this idea some thinking and I had an initial idea of how to make them.
One idea that was hunting me for more than 4 years is the idea of bringing back sight to blind people. It is very interesting how
technology started to find a way to talk to the brain. BCI (Brain Computer Interface) is an interface based on some sensors called Electrodes. These sensors are responsible of reading the leakage generated by the brain signals, send them to a processing unit where these signals are processed and classified so we can do different things using them.
That idea started to ring in my head the second I attended an undergraduate thesis for some friends of mine who were trying to develop some applications using BCI. They were assuming that the user is totally paralyzed; so what they did is that they used the optical nerve to capture the signals generated when the human blinks. When the human blinks a black image signal is sent to the brain, then when the human opens his eye again the image of the environment that we see is sent to the brain. When the signal changes from BLACK image to NORMAL image the electrodes detect that change and send the leakage of that signal to the processing unit.
I was always thinking about this new technology released by Microsoft. PixelSense™ is a technology released in Microsoft Surface 2.0; I really think this idea is a start of a new generation of screens that can actually see.
The technology allows the screen to “see” what is on it. So if you put anything on the screen, it will be able to detect and give an image in real time of the object that is placed on it. The process it self it pretty easy and the description of how it works is mentioned on Microsoft Surface Website.
I’ve been waiting for tomorrow for a long time. Tomorrow is when the Artificial Intelligence class starts. it is an online global course offered by Stanford University for students everywhere; and it is free!
Online Introduction to Artificial Intelligence is based on Stanford CS221, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. This class introduces the basics of Artificial Intelligence, which includes machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, robotics, and natural language processing.
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I would like to thank Mike Azer for nominating me to the Liebster Blog Award.
Mike like to write about God, and his posts are really nice and filled with blessings :)
Liebster is an award given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement. I am not following a lot of blogs, I am still new to blogging so I will nominate more blogs once I follow some :)
I thought about it a lot before I do it. I have created my first fan page. In this page I share some photographs that I took in many places. I try as much as I can to show the beauty of the world. I try to show the beauty of nature, and how God was amazing in his creation! :)
This page is not meant to brag or anything, it is just a way to show everyone how beautiful the world is. It is not that i am saying that I am super awesome and I take amazing photographs, on the contrary, I still believe that I have so much to learn to be a good photographer, but I do my best to capture the best moments, to see life from another different perspective, to appreciate everything in my life and to feel thankful because of every little detail in my life. Trust me when I say this, I started to realize this when I started photography. I suddenly had this different look to life. The look of seeing bad things as the most beautiful things :)
You are more than welcome to come and join Samir Georgy’s Studio.