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What Will Happen On and beyond December 21, 2012?

Theres been so much talk about this doomsday 2012. some say its the end of the world, others say its the beginning of the end of the world, while some refer it to a new world order taking place. Its just like the way we were expecting the Y2k bug, and many people are looking forward to this year and beyond. so what do you think? is it all conspiracy theory or a matter of fact?

And then what is going to transpire beyond 2012? what about stem-cell research, cloning, transhumanism? will they shape our world, rule our minds, define our religion and the way we live?

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Intel: Chips in brains will control computers by 2020

Computerworld - By the year 2020, you won't need a keyboard and mouse to control your computer, say Intel Corp. researchers. Instead, users will open documents and surf the Web using nothing more than their brain waves.

Scientists at Intel's research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people's brains.

The scientists say the plan is not a scene from a sci-fi movie -- Big Brother won't be planting chips in your brain against your will. Researchers expect that consumers will want the freedom they will gain by using the implant.

"I think human beings are remarkable adaptive," said Andrew Chien, vice president of research and director of future technologies research at Intel Labs. "If you told people 20 years ago that they would be carrying computers all the time, they would have said, 'I don't want that. I don't need that.' Now you can't get them to stop [carrying devices]. There are a lot of things that have to be done first but I think [implanting chips into human brains] is well within the scope of possibility."

Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau told Computerworld that users will soon tire of depending on a computer interface, and having to fish a device out of their pocket or bag to access it. He also predicted that users will tire of having to manipulate an interface with their fingers.

Instead, they'll simply manipulate their various devices with their brains.

"We're trying to prove you can do interesting things with brain waves," said Pomerleau. "Eventually people may be willing to be more committed , to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts."

To get to that point Pomerleau and his research teammates from Intel, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, are currently working on decoding human brain activity.

Pomerleau said the team has used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) machines to determine that blood flow changes in specific areas of the brain based on what word or image someone is thinking of. People tend to show the same brain patterns for similar thoughts, he added.

For instance, if two people think of the image of a bear or hear the word bear or even hear a bear growl, a neuroimage would show similar brain activity. Basically, there are standard patterns that show up in the brain for different words or images.

Pomerleau said researchers are close to gaining the ability to build brain sensing technology into a head set that culd be used to manipulate a computer. The next step is development of a tiny, far less cumbersome sensor that could be implanted inside the brain.

Such brain research isn't limited to Intel and its university partners.

Almost two years ago, scientists in the U.S. and Japan announced that a monkey's brain was used to to control a humanoid robot. Miguel Nicolelis, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University and lead researcher on the project, said that researchers were hoping its work would help paralyzed people walk again.

And a month before that, a scientist at the University of Arizona reported that he had successfully built a robot that is guided by the brain and eyes of a moth. Charles Higgins, an associate professor at the university, predicted that in 10 to 15 years people will be using "hybrid" computers running a combination of technology and living organic tissue.

Today, Intel's Pomerleau said various research facilities are developing technologies to sense activity from inside the skull.

"If we can get to the point where we can accurately detect specific words, you could mentally type," he added. "You could compose characters or words by thinking about letters flashing on the screen or typing whole words rather than their individual characters."

Pomerleau also noted that the more scientists figure out about the brain, it will help them design better microprocessors. He said, "If we can see how the brain does it, then we could build smarter computers."

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141180/Intel_Chips_in_brains_will_control_computers_by_2020?taxonomyId=11&pageNumber=1

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Willful ignorance is harmful to your mental (and spiritual) state.

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At topic. The sun will rise and set just like every normal day then.

I think I'll abandon all my diplomatic leanings and frequent this religion section more. It amazes me how similar people are to sheep

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Hey dumbshot, who said anything about the Second Coming? I dont believe the world will END anytime soon,so why are you scared?

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@ lagerwhenindoubt

truly we shuld not underestimate the magnanimous power of STUPIDITY.,.

the 'Son of man' did not know becuz he was restricted.,.he was totally bound by humanhood~

when he ascended to heaven, he assumed back all that magnificent glory and awesome splendour he originally left behind

it shouldn't be completely unfathomable by a shallow mind that~ this moment, the 'Son of God' knows exactly when he'l return and how.,.becuz He's God

But perhaps you don't have to understand somethings atall

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lol, christians with their backward thinking !!! hehhe bunch of sick minds set

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@ogaga: WELL IT DOES NOT MEAN DAT IT IS WHEN U HAVE BIG EAR LIKE UNBRELLA, DAT IS THE TIME U WILL HEAR, ONETHING I KNOW IS DAT UR LIFE IS IN THE HAND OF THE MAKER. THAT IS ONE EVIDENCE TO PROVE TO U DAT THERE IS A MAKER, AND U SHOULD ALSO KNOW DAT WHETHER U OGAGA LIKE IT OR NOT, very soon the owner of this world will come to harvest his people. and there is no hiding place for you,

the only thing u have to do is to join THE NARROW ROAD DAT WIL LEAD U INTO ENTERNAL LIFE.

@poster: u ar not GOD dat will predict when the world will end, even the angels in heaven does not, how much more a mortal man like us. ALL WE ALL NEED IS TO BE READY FOR THE COMING OF THE SOON COMING MESSIAH, SIMPLE AND SHORT.

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2012? Let's wait and see.

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I understand you're one of those people waiting for Jesus to come back like has already be claimed written in the bible . I pity you because you're just wasting your time for nothing . Jesus is not coming back and even if he's coming back , there are so many people ready to send him back to where ever he's coming from . What you're saying isn't the second coming of Jesus . I have been sharing with you guys there was a time when religion have rule the world . this time is called the '' dark age'' or '' one world other''- which means , humans and animals must worship one God invisible to see but in physical and spiritual. . . .Now , we are bring the '' NEW WORLD OTHER''-- our time is now , your time is off because we have build so many free thinkers now .

We are ruling the world. . . .don't say i didn't tell you on time!!

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