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11 – Wearable Computing, Gene Drive Mosquitos and a brain interface

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This week we are not only bringing you our recommended articles of the week. We are also presenting fascinating research projects and start-ups which we came across at the CeBit.

To begin with, we’d like to introduce you to the research project on Wearable Computing. Professor Michael Beigl and his team have developed a wristband for paragliders that gives the pilot information on the vertical speed that vibration patterns.

Professor Beigl talks about the technology and further fields of application in this interview.

Within the next days we will be presenting further interesting research groups and start-ups  here on Wunderding.

And here our article recommendations of the week:

AI (Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous Driving etc.)

How a founder, who got rich with his online payment start-up, discovered “neurotechnology” as the market of the future and invested 100 million in a new company in order to develop a brain intersection. This is the story of Bryan Johnson, who, with his newly founded start-up Kernel, wants to develop one of the largest future markets out of the academic field of neurosciences within the next 10 to 15 years.
The Entrepreneur with the $100 Million Plan to Link Brains to Computers / MIT Technology Review / Author:  Antonio Regalado

Further AI Articles:

  • A good overview on which companies, start-ups and car manufacturers are leading the battle around autonomous driving.
    Car Wars / The Atlantic / Author: ADRIENNE LAFRANCE

GEN (CRISPR, Genome-Editing, personalisierte Medizin etc.)

For the first time, scientists are planning to release an organism which has been modified by a  “Gene Drive” into the world. The country: Burkina Faso in West Africa. The organism: malaria-transmitting mosquitos. The goal: stopping the malaria-problem.
Thanks to “Gene Drives“, certain properties are inherited by all offsprings, here baby mosquitos, instead by only half of the offsprings, as it would be the case according to the laws of nature. With this Gene Drive, researchers are hoping to reduce the number of born female mosquitos, as only the females are able to bite and transmit malaria.
Thus, for the last six years, scientists in London have been developing the Gene Drive in London, whilst in Burkina Faso, others are working on informing the population on Gene Drives, their meaning and their possible effect. As, finally, it is the population that will have to decide if they are ready for the next step, releasing the modified mosquitos.
“Gen Drives could halt malaria in West Africa – if residents agree to it” / STATnews / Author: Ike Swetlitz

Further Gene articles:

BUSINESS

Why biology could be an inspiration for the future of the global economies.
Building a Resilient Business Inspired by Biology / Scientific American / Autoren: Martin K. Reeves, senior consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and head of the BCG Henderson Institut / Simon Levin, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.

Find more about the CeBit here  soon on Wunderding,

Sarah and Alexander

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