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Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Rats!

Henry, IMHO, it's really exciting and about 95% of the info is right here in
the links below.    (01)

Also, it was almost 60 years ago that the brilliant Cambridge psychologist K.
J. W. Craik (1943, p.) observed:    (02)

               "If the organism carries a "small-scale model"
               of external reality and of its own possible
               actions within its head, it is able to try out
               various alternatives, conclude which is the
               best of them, react to future situations before
               they arise, utilize the knowledge of past
               events in dealing with the present and future,
               and in every way to reach in a much fuller,
               safer, and more competent manner to the
               emergencies which face it."    (03)

Controlled Biological Systems and other DARPA/DSO Thrusts
Exploit the capabilities of biological systems to locomote, sense, maneuver,
analyze, and respond to complex environments through exploiting Vivisystems,
Hybrid Biosystems, and mimicry of biological principles.
< http://www.darpa.mil/dso/thrust/sp/Cbs/cprogram.html>
< http://www.darpa.mil/dso/thrust/matmain.htm >
< http://www.darpa.mil/dso/thrust/md/mosaic.html>    (04)

Development of Biomimetic Robots and Sensors Using Hybrid
< http://www.biomed.drexel.edu/faculty/rybak/cbs.html >    (05)

List of contacts based on a conference in 2000 about "Neurotechnology for
Biomimetic Robots"
< http://www.neurotechnology.neu.edu/neurotechnology.html >
< http://www.biomems.net/SpeakingEvents/speaking_events.htm >    (06)

Insect Tracking
< http://TENT.appliedphysics.swri.edu/>
< http://tent.appliedphysics.swri.edu/insecttrack/workshopabspres.html>    (07)

Biologically Inspired Architecture of Self-Organizing Wireless Sensor
Prof. Tatsuya Suda at UC Irvine
< http://www.ics.uci.edu/~suda >
< http://netresearch.ics.uci.edu/bionet/sensor-network/>
< http://netresearch.ics.uci.edu/bionet/publications >
< http://www1.ics.uci.edu/~mwang/biological.html >    (08)

JPL's Sensor Web Pods
< http://geodynamics.jpl.nasa.gov/workshop/sensorweb/brief.html >    (09)

NASA's "Entomopters" for Planetary Exploration Using Biomimetics and Ultra
wideband Imaging-radar
< http://www.oai.org/pages/PlanX.html>
<  http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/studies/abstract/448Colozza.html >
<  http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/studies/abstract/522Colozza.html >
<  http://www.niac.usra.edu/files/studies/final_report/pdf/448Colozza.pdf>
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/mars_flapper_011205-1.html>    (010)

< http://www.cosmiverse.com/space12030102.html >    (011)

Why Ultra Wideband (UWB) Communications may be in your future
"UWB technology was used for the Apollo 17 mission in 1967 to the moon, which
included a “Ground Penetrating UWB Radar,” used to
characterize the lunar regolith." ...    (012)

... "For high rate communications, UWB impulse trains can be modulated many
different ways with information, possibly even adaptively throughout the
mission as terrain and other signal propagation factors surface. In the
future, such systems may be used for wireless computer and voice networks,
voice communications, geolocation of “anything” on Earth, and asset tracking
(via RF tags) and inter-object positioning."    (013)

... "Groups of entomopters may need to hover in formation (depending on the
mission), in which case the multifunction UWB subsystem would be used to
coordinate the formation flight and synchronize measurement timings. Most
importantly, the entomopter itself
would autonomously request the use of the impulse energy in whatever ways
necessary – imaging, communications, positioning or radar. Intelligent and
autonomous flight dynamics must be considered and integrated into the control
algorithms for the COMM/NAV subsystem as well." ...    (014)

... "To suit radar, collision avoidance, and potentially “synthetic vision,”
requirements in flight, the same types of impulses can be used to accurately
measure scattered components in an environment better than conventional
radar. UWB technology has been used for decades for ground-penetrating radar,
and one company is even able to locate striations of gold 20 feet into rock.
Dolphins naturally emit echolocation impulses similar to UWB waveforms to
navigate in unclear waters, and have even located a meal buried a several
feet under a sandy sea bottom. UWB radar also has the capability to “range
gate” impulse returns, enabling them to ignore returns from close objects
(like a wall, boulder, etc) and effectively “see through” these objects to
image the environment on the other side.    (015)

UWB collision avoidance systems have already been employed in support of
DARPA’s Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) program, at least one company demonstrating a
capability for an autonomous flying vehicle to detect and avoid objects as
small as a 0.25” wire in the
flight path. This technology could be enhanced to provide an autonomous
flight vehicle with this capability, as well as a real-time synthetic view of
the environment in any direction, and avoidance of other vehicles in flight.
With additional special processing,
such a system could be used in conjunction with the intercraft positioning
processing to synchronize formation or cluster flight arrangements, and so
on. Distributed Timing, Intercraft Synchronization and Marking Experiment
Events in Flight For precise intercraft timing, a multifunction UWB subsystem
can provide the means for intercraft synchronization and for experiment
marking events. Similar to the techniques discussed above for communications
and positioning, special impulse protocols could be used to announce an
impending mark event, trigger entomopter flight coordination events, and
broadcast distributed event measurement timing. For example, imagine four
entomopters used to measure upper atmosphere oxygen content in four different
physical locations simultaneously. The lander master controller would
designate one of the entomopters as lead timing vehicle, and distribute
mission parameters to the vehicles in one broadcast or independently. The
lead entomopter would autonomously synchronize timing between the vehicles
(in a manner yet to be determined), then coordinate assembly of the proper
formation for the experiment and initiate the measurement gathering
activity." ...
<  http://ee.eng.usf.edu/WAMI/forum/2001/digest/seibert.pdf >    (016)

Also, if your interested, I can put you in contact with my friend Prof.
Emeritus Norman Gary at UC Davis (an expert in biology, behavior of
honeybees, and interaction of honey bees with the environment)
< http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/gary.cfm >    (017)

Henry K van Eyken wrote:    (018)

> Would love it if someone cares to do some further searching on hybrid
> brain-machine technology and turns this into a state-of-the-art story.
> Two aspects here: (1) controlling brains and (2) brains being controlled.
> Any taker?
> Henry
> Henry K van Eyken wrote:
> > How is this for augmentation?
> > http://www.nature.com/nsu/020429/020429-9.html
> >
> > But, it may be getting worse, cf. http://www.fleabyte.org/flb-12.html
> >
> > Now imagine, radiolinking electrodes in your brain to those in the
> > brains of a specialist of your choice. Astrophysics will be a breeze.
> >
> > Henry    (019)