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pharmaing is their way to tackle the illegal trade. the project is small but the ambition is big. nicholas heart, al jazeera. festival, it is the largest gathering of aspiring film makers and emerging ini have tars. we are bringing you some of the best. neuroscientists are treating disease in ways they have seen nothing short of science fiction, and i catch up with one of the world's leaders
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that is making limbs that in every guy, emulate a biological body. and could advancements in virtual and haul graphic technology bring back the dearly departed in we will find out. for the 29th year, of this very protegee yous event, for fill and music, and we have raj back in the studio in d.c., he is bringing in all of your feedback and questions for the program. >> that's right. throughout the show, we want to hear from you. all of the questions and comments you have tweeted in. some fascinating desks to dive deeper.
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all here to network, and learn about the latest in science, technology, food, film and music. and you can imagine the palpable energy so many creative nontraditional thinkers all cram into the very colorful streets of downtown austin. incredible, in fact p, john mayer signed his first deal after performing here, and the weather has been amazing so if you are not walking you are probably in one of the cabs looking to make a few bucks and promote the latest technology, did i mention that twitter gained it's notoriety here to come
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and recharge my device. partners with the saint bernard foundation to promote adoption for these dogs. so hang, we have rescue dogs amazing food, invasion couldn't be happier. in south by southwest by austin. >> i do enter have a rescue dog, i am here all by myself. how much can urine do for you? growing technological advancements are allows researchers to explore lisa has more on hacking the brain. we can harness the power of our own bodies in amazing ways. >> who want kids to love science. and they use a cockroach wearing a backpack to do it. >> you can see this cockroach
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moving around on the floor. of course the cockroach is backpack on it. >> it is a simple way to demonstrate something remarkable. it doesn't hurt, it is only temporary, but incredible nonetheless. >> whatever i do demo people are so amazed because they have never even seen the activity of a neuroron in their lives. >> from major research institutes and get it into high schools. robo roach introducing kids to science like the study of electrical activity in everything from roaches and squid, and even plants. >> that will literally rewater bodies with disease back to a healthy state. currently the technology that allows him to guide a roach left or right is used by neurosurgeons.
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he has harnessed the activity in my body to control other things like lights. >> a mechanical hand. >> so you can control the lights. >> and even tim's arm. >> i did it about 50 times because -- because i could. >> forel cooing over beings to taking control of our own body, dr. moralely is at the center of studying how the mind and the brain interact with our physical well being. the see if they can detect diseases and also enhance the performance and well being. >>
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and significantly extend our lives. right now, there are more than 200 different apps to inprove our brain's functions. >> for example, there's an app called mood gym that allows us to deal with depression and negative motions studies have thousand that it can prevent major depression. >> there's a disturbing friend he is seeing like alzheimers and metabolic diseases. >> trying to -- these two things seem to be converging soprani diseases have -- so if you have diabeteses in your 30's and 40 owes, you are setting yourself up for brain disease 20 years later, and that's the vicious cycle we need to figure out how to bring. to help people get a better handle on this, he is trying
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to come one a brain number kind of like what your cell tor number is, and it would be determined by how well do you sleep, how happy are you, how good are you at decision making. that would help guide people with their health. raj? >> lisa is having way too much fun. joining us for more, is gray scott, a leading futurist, he is the founder and ceo of the website serious, he also hacked his brain. all right, we just saw some advances in the future of neuroscience, such as row bow roach, coming up to a pet smart near us, how does an average american essentially recreate this technology. >> there's a company called muse, and there's also a company called enter ax exon and mind wave. basically what crow do is you use these head sets -- >> show and tell i love it.
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>> you use these and there are centers on the inside. and right now muse is used with an app for meditation. but you can hack into these, and fly drones, control robots as you saw on the piece before, so we are really talking about an age where we are using our minds to control the word. >> right. >> so if i was to put this on, and i will go ahead and take this set. >> sure. >> this is not the one that controls drones correct. >> no. this is for meditation. >> right, which means if you were to see my mind you would just see chaos, but i have heard, this is cool, i have heard allegedly that you have your own at home. >> i do. >> that you use, to drone. >> quickly you are like professor xavier. >> it is true. a couple of years ago i had my birthday party, and i sent an invite, i said we are going to fly a drone with may mind, no one -- >> i think people were confused by the invite, and everyone came, we had a few drinks and we sat down and i put this e.g. head set on
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which was the mind wave head set, and i have a small drone, and using a piece of software, if you meditate and focus you can fly this drone. and so the guests were flying this drone with their mind alone. so we are looking at a future where we can drive cars fly jets, someone just flew a jet using their brain. >> this is sound tuesday awesome to be true, the we have these skeptical online communities. i asked them, shocking your brain with a $10 electrical device, some people are doing this for $10. can possibly help productivity and depression, would you do it? why or why not. no, with the radiation that comes from mris and probably this wise, my brain does not need to use this. than we had on facebook, sure, it just zap them with high voltage, a method use asylums years ago, makes great human vegetables then we had melvin, not yet, when meditation has taught me to do this naturally, each brain is wired differently, how much shock is too much.
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now melvin brings up some fears that i have, i have seen too much science fiction luminous, with bradley cooper, any time you allottery brain it seems bad things happen going off of melvin's question, how much shock is too much. >> what we are talking about here, is trance brachial direct stimulation, this is different than eeg head set, eeg is reading your brain waves. so these are actually very small mine newt amounts of electricity running from maybe left to the right hemisphere. there's a lot of research shows that this helps with depression, with focus, so there's a lot of companies out there specifically one company called focus, that's the name of it, and their head set is used for gamers to help them focus and play better. play faster. >> to very two different scenarios i am not afraid of this because there's a lot of
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research showing it is safe. and the other thing is we have electricity running through our brain. we are talking about two aa batteries. so this is not a huge amount of electricity. >> would you want a kid, a teenager, with this type of technology? with we have to be careful with certain age groups because the brain is still forming. i don't know what the research is on anyone under let's say 25, but if we are talking about adults that are suffering from depression, if the studies are showing it is helpful. >> we have this question what is the current state of direct machine to brain interfaces. we may be sharing reality soon, i am thinking about sigh borg stuff. >> yes, we will, basically merging with our machines. all right now we have already had a situation where you can send one from brain to brain a statement. so it is already happening. >> already here. >> too cool.
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could robots revolutionize the lives of people with disabilities in after the break, we will speak to one woman who is able to walk again after being paralyzed for 20 years. and you will meet the man that is ridding the world of extreme disabilities the extreme bionics revolution next
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welcome back to the stream. pretty much every inviter here is inspirational in within way or another, be uh you are about to meet a guy that takes it to a whole new level. he is pushing the limits so far, that they seem to disappear. >> if he didn't have his suit pants cut off at the knees you would never know that he was a double amputee.
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>> now we find ourselves where we can put forth true bionics. i was fitted and i was just flabber gaited because of their crudeness, the last of sophistication, no sensing that computers in nothing. i was like really. this is all that you have. and so began the assent into the nonexistence world of prosthetics. and a ph.d. in bio physics from harvard, hurst said out to fuse human and machine, in a way that so emulates a full biological body, that disabilities would be eliminated. >> we are working on actually connected to nerve endings in a by directional way, so it will sense how a person wants to move, but also to stimulate through thener ending to reflect sensors on the
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synthetic device into the nerve system. so a person can feel when the device is touched. and it doesn't stop there, the same technology that will eliminate disabilities can be used for echo sell cons. or augment a body to run rally fast without exerting any energy. >> today people say oh, i am so sorry that happened that you lost a limb, how depressing how horrible, and the future lit be oh cool, you get the new model t 37, and be able to run faster than me. that's the future. >> in case you are wondering he habit about ten pairs of legs everything from skiing to rock climbing and he says the technology will get better and better, until they are so pervasive we won't think twice about somebody whose body now might be considered a little unusual. >> joining us now from aspen is amanda, executive director
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of the bridging bionics foundation that's a nonprofit organization, working to advance the research and development of bionic technology, more than two decades ago. amanda baseball paralyzed from a waist down, and still with us, leading futurist, thank you for being here amanda. amanda, this is remarkable you are such an athletic person, when did you first discover this fascinating ex-sew skeleton technology and for our viewers how does it work. >> well, i -- i have been paralyzed for 23 years. i worked in i was the first paraplegic woman to test pilot a revolutionary echo skeleton at that time called elegs which was then rebranded to ebbing sew bionics, and i -- so that was in 2010, of july 25th, i remember the day significantly. and the technology what i'm -- as you have see me walking here, i am with every step
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that i take, when i shift my weight correctly, with the forward and the lateral movement, then the skeleton will take another step on it's own, so it is an intelligence device, and i have tried several different echo skeletons and that's my goal is to test pilot different robots out there, and look toward the future, how can we improve the ex-sew skeletons and what are the market challenges challengeshow did you feel the first time, when you took up and walks and saw someone eye to eye for the first time after 20 years.
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there's always a sense of euphoria. that's what the height that i was born to grow into. and so i am able to look at someone in the eye, and have that heart to heart hug, but it is more than the emotionality and the psycho social, it bleeds into my physicality that i am able to have better circulation now organs are meant to hang as we move, and our bodies are made for mountain. as opposed to just sitting sedin tear. when we sit we begin to die, so my bladder and bowls, worked more officially, the swelling goes down the my legs and i think more clearly, more acutely whenever i get up and i walk he says this technology will also have a tremendous impact on how we define human, and how we understand death and immortality, the need for humanized this technology, how
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important is it, to personalize this if you will individualize it. >> i think technology in the future has to open h us be better humans that's what this is about it isn't about turning into machines what we want to do is make people's lives better, and if technology can make someone's life better why not embrace that. >> what is happening is we are showing that we are transitioning into a trance human world, something beyond human, and i don't think it's a bad thing, i think it is good. >> we have this question for you, james asked for those that take walking for granted, and i know i do, do you have a message for them and us? any advise also for ex-coe skeleton creators in. >> fantastic question. our common language today is our question for quality of life, so gray, and -- we are
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all in the same page here. but it is also a freedom of self-expression it's just the beginning no longser this science fiction, and matching human potential can improve quality of life but for the future what i focus on is -- the current global market challenges we are looking at the weight of it and some of these are heavy, this one that i walk in is 45 pounds. there are several different manufacturers, there's a new one coming out called ingo that is going to come out on the market and rehabilitation centers at the end of this year. >> about 15 seconds left? yes, so what i look out is how
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can we develop so they been more comfortable, affordable we minimalize risk, and enable functional activities so that they can be used for daily living and that's where the future is ed hing for someone who had a disability. absolutely fascinating and inspiring story. thank you so much, executive director of the bridging bionics foundation. after the break, who would you hall gram in for dinner? the founder of twitter gives us his answer. >> and here at south by southwest, how far holographic technology can take us, could we bring our dearly departed grandmother back and virtually see her at our thanksgiving table, and do we want to? that's next.
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so we thought if it works for two pack, could it work for our dearly decreased graped mothers.
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>> legislaturing the lines between virtual and with experiences like interacting in a basketball game with nba super stars. so if you can play with carmelo anthony, what about bringing someone back to life for an inner active experience. a halo grandma so to speak. >> while it is an interesting concept to bring grandma back to life, theoretic clay you could, and it would be a costly endeavor. scripted and executed one time, for every thank giving with the same performance. >> david is the director of marketing one of the leading emmersive tech companies he said 3-d hall gram humans like we see in the movies don't really exist, at least not yet. but applications like shopping experiences or holographic advertising within the realm of our 3-d world, are very much reality. as for grandma back from beyond, this is south by
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southwest, where the dreamers eventually make the impossible happen. >> the imagination of our culture push us beyond the bound oz f what technology says is possible. i think without dreaming an early imagination, with he be stuck in a box, but thinking outside the box, eventually enabled us to bust through it. thousands of inveigh tors and the belief that anything is possible. these are the folks that most of us would like to hang out with any time. >> gray, we ask our community about their hall gram version, this is what we got. this is creepy. it would be difficult to accept someone dies if this happens i am not sure it would be healthy, just had a thought, malcolm x hall gram would be more of a leader than any so called leader living today. gray we have family photos, we
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have home videos, why is this technology so disturbing to our community. >> any time you introduce a new technology, there's an adjustment. but in the near future we will be immortal. that's a fact. we are already in the cusp of that, with social media, we record everything, our food, our friendships, our vocations, drones, are following us now, taking our pictures so, i think it is just an as justment. >> how does that change the way we as a society deal with death? >> well, there's a lot of research. that's something we have been talking about in the future field, is can we extend life expect tensies. four or 500 years, it sounds outrageous, but there was a time when we thought flying was outrageous. >> so you are thinking by the time -- if i can't live to 150, if my digital self-lives to 200, 300, what do you think that will do for -- your
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friends and family? they can talk to gray scott 150 years ago. >> i think there's some confident in being able to go and sit with someone that you have lost. and i think that comfort is something that we will -- this will change our society as we know it. it is not just about having that person say the same thing over and over again, you experience that person in three dimensionses. in a hall gram, so it is a different experience than looking a t a photograph. >> 15 seconds left, what are the major concerns. >> i think the major concerns everyone talks about privacy, right who has the right to that avatar, who and use it, can it be taken for commercial purpose dozen you want grandma on a billboard in time square. >> no. >> well that's the thing, privacy. >> million dollar question thank you to gray scott for joining us today, before we go, we had a chance to ask the found eof twitter who he would host for a hall gram dinner.
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>> if i can have dinner with any hall gram ever, in the world, i would choose steve snyder. my mentor. the guy who got me started as a designer and then i became -- and then the rest is history. i think i would choose my grandmother, and even if it is a hall gram version, i wouldn't mind sharing another plate of dinner. thank you for watching until next time, we will see you online. ♪ ♪
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