I'm often asked about limiting the time those with Autism and Asperger's spend on devices, computers, listening to music and exploring all things technological. Of course we can't have children spending 24/7 on electrical devices... or can we?
My personal point of view is that these amazing individuals have been born into a technologically advanced age for a reason, and that the future of humanity relies on their unique abilities:-
- hyper focus
- black and white thinking style
- attention to detail
- lateral thinking ability
- eidetic memory
- heightened senses
- heightened empathy
This page is to remind us that we can't begin to imagine the possibilities of the next 50 -100 years... but our Asperger Child can - and will create them all, one by one!
"As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us."
Virtual reality is no longer part of some distant future, and it's not just for gaming and entertainment anymore. Michael Bodekaer wants to use it to make quality education more accessible. In this refreshing talk, he demos an idea that could revolutionize the way we teach science in schools.
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Andrew Pelling is a biohacker, and nature is his hardware. His favorite materials are the simplest ones (and oftentimes he finds them in the garbage). Building on the cellulose structure that gives an apple its shape, he "grows" lifelike human ears, pioneering a process that might someday be used to repair body parts safely and cheaply. And he has some even wilder ideas to share ... "What I'm really curious about is if one day it will be possible to repair, rebuild and augment our own bodies with stuff we make in the kitchen," he says.
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."
Throughout history, speculation has spurred beautiful, revolutionary science - opening our eyes to entire new universes. "I'm talking about science that takes enormous leaps,"says Eric Haseltine.
Machine learning isn't just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore - today it's capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?