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E(merging) Technologies & The Ideas Economy

E(merging) Technologies & The Ideas Economy

Last week, I was delighted to give a talk at Diversity UK’s Tech Showcase, focusing on the collaborative work we do at Salford University, bringing together art, science, technology, and digital media. It was great to hear the pitches of various companies in the region, so much creative innovation going on.

Biodesign in the Antropocene

Biodesign in the Antropocene

Last week, I gave a talk for the MA Material Futures at Central St Martins, London. I gave a talk for them a few years ago and it was a real pleasure to return. Here's my manuscript from the talk.

Re-Thinking Journalism

Re-Thinking Journalism

Today, I am in Switzerland, giving a talk about how to utilize social media to build a reputation as a researcher. My take on this is to think about how best to utilize the range of creative media around us, as academics, and to explore the overlap between journalism and academia in that pursuit.

This configuration allows us to develop a holistic approach to nurturing reputation, with community building, and awareness raising, while ensuring that we don't treat the media as a static entity.

We need to ensure that our use of media - social or otherwise - is not just about instrumental values, but about co-creating and innovating as researchers. 


Future Sport

Talk given at the Royal College of Art for their Design Interactions programme.

The Singularity Summit

Check out the 2010 schedule, info belowSpeakers include Futurist Ray Kurzweil, Magician-Skeptic James Randi

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 2, 2010 -- Will it be one day become possible to boost human intelligence using brain implants, or create an artificial intelligence smarter than Einstein? In a 1993 paper presented to NASA, science fiction author and mathematician Vernor Vinge called such a hypothetical event a "Singularity", saying "From the human point of view this change will be a throwing away of all the previous rules, perhaps in the blink of an eye". Vinge pointed out that intelligence enhancement could lead to "closing the loop" between intelligence and technology, creating a positive feedback effect.

This August 14-15, hundreds of AI researchers, robotics experts, philosophers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and interested laypeople will converge in San Francisco to address the Singularity and related issues at the only conference on the topic, the Singularity Summit. Experts in fields including animal intelligence, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfacing, tissue regeneration, medical ethics, computational neurobiology, augmented reality, and more will share their latest research and explore its implications for the future of humanity.

"This year, the conference shifts to a focus on neuroscience, bioscience, cognitive enhancement, and other explorations of what Vernor Vinge called 'intelligence amplification' -- the other route to the Singularity," said Michael Vassar, president of the Singularity Institute, which is hosting the event.

Irene Pepperberg, author of "Alex & Me," who has pushed the frontier of animal intelligence with her research on African Gray Parrots, will explore the ethical and practical implications of non-human intelligence enhancement and of the creation of new intelligent life less powerful than ourselves. Futurist-inventor Ray Kurzweil will discuss reverse-engineering the brain and his forthcoming book, How the Mind Works and How to Build One. Allan Synder, Director, Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, will explore the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the enhancement of narrow cognitive abilities. Joe Tsien will talk about the smarter rats and mice that he created by tuning the molecular substrate of the brain's learning mechanism. Steve Mann, "the world's first cyborg," will demonstrate his latest geek-chic inventions: wearable computers now used by almost 100,000 people.

Other speakers will include magician-skeptic and MacArthur Genius Award winner James Randi; Gregory Stock (Redesigning Humans), former Director of the Program on Medicine, Technology, and Society at UCLA's School of Public Health; Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head, Salk Institute Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, who believes we are just ten years away from being able to upload ourselves; Ellen Heber-Katz, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program at The Wistar Institute, who is investigating the molecular basis of wound regeneration in mutant mice, which can regenerate limbs, hearts, and spinal cords; Anita Goel, MD, physicist, and CEO of nanotechnology company Nanobiosym; and David Hanson, Founder & CEO, Hanson Robotics, who is creating the world's most realistic humanoid robots.

Interested readers can watch videos from past summits and register at

BBC Focus

My latest press clipping is in the BBC Focus lead feature on 'Superhuman', which runs in the May edition. Check it out for some great visuals and ideas.

Sport technology conference, Malaysia (2006, Sept)

Sport technology conference, Malaysia Thursday, 9-10am

Dr. Wolfgang Potthast (K1) biomechanics and sport

muscle adaptation

ana-bolism (hypertrophy) neuronal adaptations strength increase


muscle-tendon injuries kata-bolism (over training) strength decrease / injury


bone -    diameter, length, density (can increase due to mechl load) -    damage injuries – periostitis, fractures, stress factures

cartilage -    stiffer, greater surface -    damage injuries – fissures, osteo arthiritis


performance enhancing


injury prevention

v close together – cannot easily distinguish

performance enhancing -    training interventions -    direct info in competition -    improvement of equipment

injury prevention -    ethical aspects -    economical aspects -    reduce non-training time

biomechanics, 4 bigger fields -    muscle activity (Electromiography) -    kinetics, kinematics – movement of pointof origin of body over time and space -    kinetic – forces acting on boil structures

focus on kinetic first -    forces measured through deformation -    which lead to electric signals (force-demaraction characteristics)

limited insights, as need insight into what is generating the force

for skiing

compact body ski position adv

correlations small

ballitic variables relevant in flight

performance determing factors -    3 dimensional kinematics -    difficult environmental conditions

time costs -    3 months prep -    1 day measuring -    1 year analysis

unapplicable for standard performance analysis -    manual digitisation – 12,000 clicks per trial

semi-automatic digitisation: -    reflective markers on landmarks -    video camera to record motion -    software detects markers

markerless tracking -    ‘time of fight’ – light beam detects movement; time difference to reach light sensor, can calculate -    3 dimensional reconstruction

injury prevention -    to prvent athletes fom injuries, t injury mechanisms have to be understood -    internal forces and mechl stresses must be known -    measuring external forces not sufficient

internal loadin measuremenet s- in vivo measurement of Achilles tendon Komi 91, komi and belli 96 - inserted pin into achilles and measured forces - subsequently used optic fibre technique – needle used to insert fibre, then removed leaving only fibre

in vivo measurement of intradiscal pressure nachemson and morris 63, wilkie et al 2001

in vivo measurment of hip joint forces (prosthetics) graichenn and Bergmann 1991

challenges accurate and valid diagnostic tools for strength measurements fast, easy tools for accurate motion capturing tools to detect motion of bony structures fast, non-invasive, without radiation (models?)

Hamdan Ahmad Quality Improvement in Sport: Change Through Teamwork

ME: philosophy of ‘new thinking’ something related to web 2.0

other factors influ effectiveness of organisation -    more than poduct

requires commitment by entire organisation to improve quality

implementing of change process

ME: link to theories of technological change

greatest effect on sport quality -    enhance team spirit

Teaching strategies for students with disabilities in outdoor education program Nagoor Meera Abdullah

kayak wall climing XX night walk

Video Technology and Coaching dr barrie Wilson Institut Sukan Negara, Majlis Sukan Negara, Malaysia previously uni of queensland and otago

Mohd Irwan Nawa CyberSports (Malaysian Gamers online)

how technology world influenced by sports

first time addressing sports community

refers to pc games competitions between human players has evolved to stadiu level spoectror sport with massive cash pries formal tournament rules and regs rapidly evolving ports techniques to cater for platyers demands recognition as official sport in Korea, China and US

ME: doping control?

successful cyberathletes possess following 1.    high degree of computer literacy 2.    strong mental agility and dexterity 3.    intensive training 4.    disciplined 5.    free from drugs and smoking (healthy lifestyle)

cyberathletes are also stricthly subject to rules and no particupant nder 16 allowed to participant

World CyberGsames (Korea)

‘cyubergames are a business with high-added value based on knowl and cutlrual creativitiy – south Korean president kim dae jung

world’s biggest cybergames tournament attracting

CyberAthlete Professional League (CPl) -0 US$1.0 million and sponsored by Intel, NVIDA, Hitach

Electronic Sports World Cup (France)

Asian CyberGames Tournament (China) -    gov sponsored

south korea – branding

Samsung invests over $12m yearly in wCG korea and is

US – commerciability -    cpl attracts large sponsorship

Singapore – gov support -    gov active promoter of cybergames resulted in Singapore awarded host nation of WCG

France – event and online technologies -    organiser provdiued world wide online match broadcasts, live streaming and ciomp logistics -    technology partners

Popular Cybersports

CounterStrike – 5v5 player WarCraft III ProEvo Soccer IV

ME: but apart from the final one, the others are not sports games.

athlete vs Cyber athlete nhow become cyberathlete

national shuttlecock plater Lee Chong wei – won RM 346, 653 in one year ($28,000 month) in us Fatal1ty – RM 8777,800


Endorsement Support Awareness Spectators Negative perception of Computer and video games

Questions and Answers

Question: how enjoy as spectator? a: commentary now compulsory in tournament M:E culture of gaming

managing diverse personalities in sport Wee Eng Hoe, PhD Faculty Sport Sci and Rec Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia

Developing Quick Tennis

designed to suit special people – ‘the Dwarf’

4ft 10inches or less at adult height is category of dwarf – genetic

ball bsall is 7cm – 9cm, weights 15g-32g diff from normal softer, lighter, bouncing rater slower easy for dwarf

racket 55cm long – much shorter than normal

Globalisation and the Malaysian Sports Industry Aminuddin Yusof,


culturally -    greater international cultural exchange -    greter international travel and tourism -    spread of local foods to other countries -    world wide fads and popular culture such as pokemonm sudoku -    world wide sports such as FIFA and Olympics

internationalization of sports

international diffusion of sports

Malaysian version of tour de france

international mediatization of sports

Malaysian sports industry -    young and emerging industry -    comprise mainly of small to med-sized businesses -    most companies do not see themselves as part of a broader sports industry

development of IPR

role ofUni -    data collection and info center: no data in Malaysia to describe sports industry and its performance -    sport management programes -    business skills for coaches and former athletes


dual sensor push up sensor

Talent Identification

Hou Bin (China) talent discovered 10 yrs ago paralympian Athens 2004 best performance

7 types of disabilities - intellectual visual hearing cerebral palsy amputation spinal cord injury dwarf

how to get more people active at elite level?

correlation of personal factors and or program competency affecting self – employability o sport science graduates tan chee hian university putra Malaysia

Questions and Answers

question: is it uni responsibility to ensure employability for graduates?

Effectiveness of Info dissemination in Institution of Higher Learning: a case study of sporting acilities in UiTM


northwest university of south Africa

seih kok chi Olympic Council in Malaysia (OCM) involved since 1971 as volunteer

structure sports officials development

existing structure national-state system

national sports associations 14 states sports asocs each state has one vote statee sports assoc members are clubs, indivs, schools. all members have a vote)

national, states and districts sports bodies aere all governing bodies

responsib for encorce rules, monitoring coordination, etc

central agency

development programmes implements by members

is there a need for so many tiers of governance

too much politics

rewards not on performance but relationships

background of sports managers is mainly competition management

growth of asian games first games in 1951, 6 sports, 57 events, 489(F31) 2006 43 429

performance of asia in Olympic games south asia – pakistan, Bangladesh…. won no gold medals at Olympic games since 1992

ME: mention talent pooling.

in multisports games, must be a lot of teams.