Mind Altering & Meditation Technology – The Psyleron Mind Lamp

There are many products out there, on the internet, that boast the ability to help you achieve a meditative state or teach you how to meditate, but non compare to the fantastically simple, elegant, and beautiful Mind-Lamp produced by Psyleron Inc. This product not only helps you learn how to attain a meditative state, it also allows you to get in touch with your unconscious and intuitive mind. Psyleron is a relatively new company, but it has deep roots that trace back to over 25 years of scientific research conducted by the PEAR Laboratory at Princeton University. Their kaleidoscopic lamp, sitting on my table in front of me right now, produces a beautiful spectrum of colors, and responds to my moods, thoughts, beliefs, and intentions. As shocking as this sounds, it actually responds to how I feel.

Frequently, the lamp reflects my feeling of joy or curiosity by displaying a rich and deep purple or magenta color, a stuck or annoyed mood will typically produce blues or reds. When I am deeply in thought, the color turns darker but when I turn to stare at it, trying to will it to change, it goes to white or produces a weak color that quickly fades back to white. From my experience, the more conscious attention I give the lamp, the less the effect, but when I am deeply engrossed and the conscious mind is completely occupied, the interaction becomes significantly stronger and much more striking. When someone else enters the room, the lamps “knows” by quickly changing to a color that I rarely see. It seems that each person has unique interaction with the lamp and the lamp responds by displaying that person’s color, or family of colors. Fascinating isn’t it? I have had the lamp for two weeks and I am totally attached to it, every night I am tempted to bring it upstairs to keep me company at night.

The magic is in the quantum-based technology and circuit board that sits at the bottom of the lamp; it was initially developed at the PEAR Laboratory and relies on random event generator to produce randomized bits of information. The PEAR Laboratory research statistically proved that over many trials, a person’s conscious intention has an effect and can interact and influence the data produced by the random event generator.

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Is Technology Destroying the Family Unit?

Electronic gadgets from television screens to cell phones have become an everyday tool for millions of people around the globe. Technology has brought us gadgets that allow us to connect to the world at a touch of a button. It has made the world a smaller place to live in. Time is no longer a constraint in communication. Technology has brought convenience in all aspects of life from banking, shopping, travel arrangements, online schooling and the list goes on. What impact has technology to family life?

The family relationship has been eroded to becoming a group of people living in the same house, sharing a genealogy or was at a moment in their lives “in love.” Many household are living together but are not spending time together. They have no meaningful conversations. They could all be in the same room but one is on the cell phone the other on the computer and the other watching television. Technology is causing our relationships to become frail. We have developed a society that is globally connected and collaborative but isolated and detached from reality.

“Americans spend 60 hours a month online. If you were to put those hours back-to-back, you’d be surfing the web for a whole month.” – Nielsen and the Pew Research Center. This is only statistics on the web. In an average American home there are at least 5 different communication gadgets ranging from, TV, Xbox, cell phone, laptop and the iPod. The world is obsessed with technology. This leaves us with little or no time to have meaningful conversations with one another; a recipe for estranged relationships. Empathy has been eroded and an antisocial behavior – individualism, has slowly crept in and is now a colossal monster in our midst. What can society then do? How can families avoid the decadence of the fundamental things that hold them together?

In any family unit communication is a key fundamental element that will hold the family together. A strong family will cause the individuals belonging to that family have the extra energy to face life’s challenges and this will indeed create a strong successful society. Technology is here to stay and will continue to evolve. We must therefore find ways and means of living with it.

Here are some suggestions on how to help in arresting the “gadget mania” and putting this colossal monster called “individualism” to flight.

Create a forum where all family members will have an open discussion of what they think about the various electronic equipment within the house. Make it fun by collecting all the gadgets and putting them on a center table in front of you. Call the gadgets and address them as though you were speaking to a person.
Let every member of the family speak out about what they feel concerning the family relationship. Expressing feelings and discussing problems encourages peace and harmony.
Discuss on what you all think are the side effects of the gadgets towards the family unit.
Collectively get to a consensus about how much time you should spend together each day and what collective activities will be done at that particular time.
Create rules and enforcement measures on how to handle the various gadgets at the agreed time in (4) above. Example all cell phones must be switched off.

Together we shall have better families and a better society.

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Biometrics History — Looking at Biometric Technologies from Past to Present

The ancient Egyptians and the Chinese played a large role in biometrics’ history. Although biometric technology seems to belong in the twenty-first century, the history of biometrics goes back thousands of years. Today, the focus is on using biometric face recognition and identifying characteristics to stop terrorism and improve security measures. Once an individual is matched against a template, or sample, in the database, a security alert goes out to the authorities. A person’s space between the eyes, ears and nose provides most of the identifying data.

The ACLU and other civil liberties groups are against the widespread use of these biometric technologies, although they acknowledge the necessity of their presence in airports and after the London bombings. Biometric technologies also need to achieve greater standardization and technological innovations to be recognized as a trustworthy identity authentication solution.

A timeline of biometric technology

o European explorer Joao de Barros recorded the first known example of fingerprinting, which is a form of biometrics, in China during the 14th century. Chinese merchants used ink to take children’s fingerprints for identification purposes.

o In 1890, Alphonse Bertillon, a Parisian police desk studied body mechanics and measurements to help identify criminals. The police used his method, the Bertillonage method, until it falsely identified some subjects. The Bertillonage method was quickly abandoned in favor of fingerprinting, brought back into use by Richard Edward Henry of Scotland Yard.

o Karl Pearson, an applied mathematician studied biometric research early in the 20th century at University College of London. He made important discoveries in the field of biometrics through studying statistical history and correlation, which he applied to animal evolution. His historical work included the method of moments, the Pearson system of curves, correlation and the chi-squared test.

o In the 1960s and ’70s, signature biometric authentication procedures were developed, but the biometric field remained fixed until the military and security agencies researched and developed biometric technology beyond fingerprinting.

o 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida — each facial image of the 100,000 fans passing through the stadium was recorded via video security cameras and checked electronically against mug shots from the Tampa police. No felons were identified and the video surveillance led many civil liberties advocates to denounce biometric identifying technologies.

o Post 9/11 — after the attacks, authorities installed biometric technologies in airports to ID suspected terrorists, but some airports, like Palm Beach International, never reached full installation status due to the costs of the surveillance system.

o July 7th, 2005 London, England — British law enforcement is using biometric face recognition technologies and 360-degree “fish-eye” video cameras to ID terrorists after four bombings on subways and on a double-decker bus. In fact, London has over 200,000 security cameras and surveillance cameras that have been in use since the 1960s.

Today and looking forward

Biometrics is a growing and controversial field in which civil liberties groups express concern over privacy and identity issues. Today, biometric laws and regulations are in process and biometric industry standards are being tested. Face recognition biometrics has not reached the prevalent level of fingerprinting, but with constant technological pushes and with the threat of terrorism, researchers and biometric developers will hone this security technology for the twenty-first century.

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