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Google+ seems to have a bit of a bug with its integration with wordpress. Every time I edit a published post that was 'promoted' to Google+, a new post shows up on my G+ stream. Thus the recent flurry of reposts. Oops.
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Ah. Okay. That explains things. Yeah, it's a bit of a bugger, isn't it? 
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This should be very interesting if you are into controlling computers with your brain, and I mean, who isn't.
Please join us on 5/5 for a +Science on Google+ HOA with Dr.+Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Neuroscience at +Duke University, and founder of Duke's Center for Neuroengineering. Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in neuronal population coding (simultaneously recording from hundreds to thousands of neurons), Brain Machine Interface (controlling robotic or avatar limbs with thoughts), neuroprosthetics (prosthetic limbs that directly communicate with sensory and motor cortices), and Brain to Brain Interface (tactile or visual information encoded by rat 1 is decoded by rat 2). Dr. Nicolelis has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, with many of these publications appearing in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see below for a short list of publications). More recently, Dr. Nicolelis’ research made it possible for a quadriplegic child to use his mind to control a bionic exoskeleton and kickoff the opening game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

RSVP “yes” to add this event to your calendar. We will open up the Q & A app so feel free to post your questions on this event post or by using the app during the hangout.

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Relevant Readings (see for a more exhaustive list):

Schwarz D, Lebedev MA, Tate A, Hanson T, Lehew G, Melloy J, Dimitrov D, Nicolelis MAL. Chronic, Wireless Recordings of Large Scale Brain Activity in Freely Moving Rhesus Monkeys. Nat. Methods doi:10.1038/nmeth.2936, 2014.

Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. Perceiving Invisible Light through a Somatosensory Cortical Prosthesis. Nat. Commun.10.1038/ncomms2497, 2013.

Ifft P, Shokur S, Li Z, Lebedev MA, Nicolelis MAL. A Brain-Machine Interface Enables Bimanual Arm Movements in Monkeys. Sci. Transl. Med. 5: 210, DOI:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006159, 2013.

Shokur S, O’Doherty J.E., Winans J.A., Bleuler H., Lebedev M.A., Nicolelis M.A.L. Expanding the primate body schema in sensorimotor cortex by virtual touches of an avatar. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110: 15121-6, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1308459110, 2013.

O’Doherty JE, Lebedev MA, Ifft PJ, Zhuang KZ, Shokur S, Bleuler H, Nicolelis MAL. Active tactile exploration enabled by a brain-machine-brain interface. Nature 479: 228-231, 2011.

Fuentes R, Petersson P, Siesser WB, Caron MG, Nicolelis MAL. Spinal Cord Stimulation Restores Locomotion in Animal Models of Parkinson’s disease. Science 323: 1578-82, 2009.

Pereira A, Ribeiro S, Wiest M, Moore LC, Pantoja J, Lin S-C, Nicolelis MAL. Processing of tactile information by the  hippocampus. PNAS 104: 18286-18291 (Epub) November 2007.

Krupa DJ, Wiest, MC, Laubach M, Nicolelis MAL Layer specific somatosensory cortical activation during active tactile discrimination   Science 304: 1989-1992, 2004.

Nicolelis MAL, Dimitrov DF, Carmena J, Crist R, Lehew G, Kralik J, Wise S. Chronic, multi-site, multi-electrode recordings in macaque monkeys. PNAS 100: 11041-11046, 2003.

Nicolelis MAL. Actions from thoughts. Nature 409: 403-407, 2001.
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Great montage of mission patches from Apollo missions. Too bad it stopped.
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I came across this interesting post on the legal and insurance implications of Tesla's upcoming self-driving feature. The new feature would only work for interstate highways in the USA but it would be a big step towards autom...
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Should America Make Voting Mandatory?

So US President Obama recently suggested that making voting mandatory. There are multiple reasons for this, one being that the people who don’t vote are more likely to be low income and democrat so it would favour his party. But he also suggested it would…
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Voting is mandatory in Australia, and it works. You get more moderate politicians who don't just need to suck up to the base far leaning nutters. 
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God this is beautiful. Using one computational system to implement that very same system. What? That doesn't sound fun? How about this: Building a game using only the pieces of rules of that same game.
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You can build a real computer in minecraft using only in-game blocks. Cool stuff
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If an election falls in the forest and nothing changes..ever, is it still a democracy?

I’m an outsider to Alberta politics so I will attempt to refrain from making any statement about who I think should win or what the important issues are in the election. But there are some disturbing, anti-democratic threads in the wave of editorial…
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Perhaps a better question would be: if the ruling party changes yet nothing else does - is there any point to being in a democracy.

I have been in Alberta for 30 years, moving here as an adult. I, along with most people who I know vote, select the person who we think will best represent our riding. As a result, I have had  NDP, Liberal and Conservative representatives. There has been a lot of change in the province even though the same party has been in power, perhaps because there is a lot of new wealth that still has memories of not being wealthy or perhaps because the economy has been vibrant enough that one doesn't need a debt crippling education to get a well paying job - and they are accessible enough that they drive up service job wages. Unlike many provinces, we have a environmental reporting system with timely feedback; voters are regularly polled for feedback before changes are made and if you don't have a computer, someone will help you at the public library.
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On the significance of sound and fury.

Oh journalists, you love a strong response to an unanswerable question don’t you? The media are really into nailing down what each party leader thinks about coalitions after the next election at the moment. Case in point, this week’s little drama with…
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Ok +Google, the new Contacts web app looks slick and that's great. But after 12 seconds I found a problem that also occurs in your almost perfect Inbox program as well. When there is a popup for a label, or in Contacts a group, the popup list does not respond to text search! How can we use a scrollable popup with dozens of entries if we can't search it, it's not in order either. This is something that should be easy to fix but it's essential for these tools to work. Basically the only reason I still use Gmail instead of Inbox is that I can't easily label an email using a few keystrokes. I love the ability to delay emails for later, the integration of tasks into email. Now it looks like contacts will integrate too with this new interface. But you have to fix this. </endrant>
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Wow, someone seems to have weaponized Baidu advertising analytics scripts. It may or may not be the Chinese government itself which did this. But what I find more interesting is the idea of redirecting everyone's browsers in the background to hit a site, in this case GitHub, just from the advertising or social network scripts that run when you load a webpage. Do people know if this kind of attack happened before using other sites? It seems like a general approach which would work with Google, Facebook or advertising banner or even sharing websites. Has it been done before with smaller services or is this a new form of attack? 
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Computers Cannot Make Ethical Choices For Us
I came across this interesting post on the legal and insurance implications of Tesla's upcoming self-driving feature . The new feature would only work for interstate highways in the USA but it would be a big step towards automated driving in cars being wide...
I came across this interesting post on the legal and insurance implications of Tesla's upcoming self-driving feature. The new feature would only work for interstate highways in the USA but it would be a big step towards autom...
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I think the basic premise of the article is misguided. In the situations it presents for making ethical decisions, there is no time to make a choice. Even a human being with the capacity to debate ethics does not have time to weigh the pros and cons of ethics in that moment—those decisions are made too quickly.

In that sense, the ability of the computer to make choices based on doing the least damage or harming the fewest people is vastly superior to ours.
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Seen today in Kitchener... #kitchernercon2015
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Well, multiple colours are visible so it's there, it's a fluke it came out so good since I just took individual photos.
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  • University of Waterloo
    Assistant Professor, 2015 - present
    Assistant Professor in the Software Group of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
  • Oregon State University
    Postdoctoral Scholar, 2012 - 2014
  • University of British Columbia
    Graduate Student, 2003 - 2012
  • IBM Canada
    Software Engineer, 1999 - 2003
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Big Data. Big Decisions. Big Ideas.
I'm a machine learning professor at the University of Waterloo. My research focusses on large scale planning under uncertainty for spatial dynamic systems. One major motivation of my research is ecological planning problems such as managing forest fires and invasive species in river networks but these types of problems arise in infectious disease control, natural resource management and urban planning as well. See my academic website for more information.

- You can find all my Academic Publications here
- I manage The CompSust Blog for Cornell's Institute for Computational Sustainability. The blog highlights research and news in this exciting new field. (twitter: @compsust)
- My Computationally Thinking blog focusses on explaining computer science and artificial intelligence news. (twitter: @compthink)
- My PopTheStack blog focusses on politics and democratic reform, primarily in Canada. I also have many of these posts published on the Huffington Post Canada. (twitter: @rateldajer)

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I'm also very interested in Astronomy, Game Theory, Behavioural Economics and Philosophy. 

I am currently looking for positions in industry or Academia. If you think I'd be a good fit in your organization check out my LinkedIn and Mendeley profiles or get in touch.

Feel free to drop me a line on one of my blogs or Google+ if you want to chat about one of these topics.

  • University of British Columbia
    Computer Science (PhD, Msc), 2005 - 2012
  • University of British Columbia
    Computer Science (MSc), 2003 - 2005
  • York University
    Computer Science (BA), 1995 - 1999
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