Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh, the Hilarity

One of the most brilliant XKCD's I've seen in a while: flow charts ...explained via flow chart.

Update: Clicky, clicky!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Prepare the Tin Foil!

This is crazy: scientists in Japan have developed a way to read the visual information of what a person is seeing directly from their brains.

Subjects were showing simple 10x10 pixel images, like the ones on the left. The subject's visual corteces were monitored via a fMRI. The resulting images of activity were analyzed by computer, and the images on the bottom were reproduced.

Interestingly, this only took 12 seconds worth of input. That seems like a remarkably small amount to time, to me. Imagine what can be done with this sort of technology once it advances along.

(Hat tip to BoingBoing)

* Update: Nice little summary at Pharyngula.