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Entry #1
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:04:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:04:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:04:00 UTC
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Can You Train Your Brain? Bang Goes the Theory Special
BBC1LDN (BBC1LON)International Programming, DMA: 0
Apr 21 2010 8:04PM UTC
Programming Type: Science Network Series
together we devised a scientifically rigorous experiment to answer the big question - together we devised a scientifically rigorous experiment to answer the big question - but first let's look at what our brains are actually capable of. here at bang, we set our resident engineer jem a challenge. this time, we're going to push his vast brain to the limits. i'm not sure my brain power is vast, but i'm going to put it to the test with something ludicrously difficult, something that has never ever been successfully done before. i'm going to try to drive a taxi with the power of thought alone. so my challenge is to somehow get a completely driverless vehicle over here motely controlled by a human brain over here. over here. over here. 'so i'm bringing dallas to try out something that claims to read your thoughts. 'this headset picks up the patterns of electrical activity in your brain. 'it connects to a computer which uses these thought patterns to move a virtual cube on the screen.' that's proper sci fi! 'if i can train my brain to use this, maybe it can control my taxi.' would you like to try it out? yes! 'first we have to set the cube to recognise a specific thought.' whatever we choose our thoughts to be, they have to produce consistent electrical signals in the brain, a repeatable one, or the computer has no idea what we're trying to do. so it's getting that constant electrical signal, the one that's the same every time. are you ready? so it's getting that constant electrical signal, the one that's the same every time. are you ready? so it's getting that constant electrical signal, the one that's the same every time. are you ready? very good. 'for me, i think of pushing an accelerator pedal 'and think panic to stop.' that's good. you can hold it right there. that's impressive. oh! right off the screen! 'ok, so it looks like we can move a cube around a screen, 'but we want to control a two-ton taxi. 'we thought it might be safer to start smaller.' ooh! i want to be that one! ok. 'the computer guys have linked our headsets up to two toy cars 'for a race of mind against mind, car against car.' what we've done for you is linked a radio-controlled car to your brain headset. what we've done for you is linked a radio-controlled car to your brain headset. what we've done for you is linked a radio-controlled car to your brain headset. 'if i've managed to train my brain to think "push" clearly enough, the car will follow. 'but are our brains up to the challenge?' on your marks, get set, go. 'i'm desperately trying to think "forwards" but the cube and car have other ideas. 'meanwhile, jem pushes his mental accelerator and shoots off! 'under pressure, focusing on the right thought is incredibly difficult.' wa-hey! 'even for jem.' push! push! go on! the reason why this is so difficult is because i have to hold just one thought in my head so certain areas of my brain have electrical activity and others don't. then that single thought has to be the one that controls the taxi. then that single thought has to be the one that controls the taxi. then that single thought has to be the one that controls the taxi. oh, he's spun! he's spun! 'because so far our brains don't quite seem to be up to the job.' there now appear to be four minds in this competition - mine, dallas' and both cars have a mind of their own! we don't stand a chance at this stage. dallas, focus. oh, jem, it's not looking good. how come the cube was working well, but the car was going backwards? what happened was a huge extra level of complexity! it's designed to work by shifting a graphic around, but trying to take that into the real world was a bit difficult. do you think he was any good? no! you'll have to do better, jem! given what you've seen, how do you rate my chances of being able to radio control a full-size taxi and mind control it?
Entry #2
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:35:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:35:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:35:00 UTC
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Can You Train Your Brain? Bang Goes the Theory Special
BBC1LDN (BBC1LON)International Programming, DMA: 0
Apr 21 2010 8:35PM UTC
Programming Type: Science Network Series
i kind of hoped that we could prove that all this money that we've spent on these games is wasted. i kind of hoped that we could prove that all this money that we've spent on these games is wasted. it's a good job they don't because our tests suggest here is no evidence they improve cognitive function. who is going to tell the chimp? so, if brain training games aren't the answer, then what is? coming up, we've got a whole range of things to boost your brain's performance temporarily... and something that could really improve your memory long-term. two, one, stop! 'but for now, it's back to my and dallas's attempt to train our brains 'to control a two-tonne london taxi through thought alone, 'something no brain training game has ever been rash enough to promise. 'something no brain training game has ever been rash enough to promise. 'something no brain training game has ever been rash enough to promise. i can do it. when i'm on my own and i'm relaxed and everything's going well, it seems to work fine. 'i'm going to exercise my brain with some serious problem solving - 'how to remote-control a full-sized taxi. 'now, driving a car when you're in it is difficult enough. 'the pedals, steering wheel and gears all need to be operated simultaneously. 'the first problem is to find a way to work all these with some kind of crude driving robot.' let's see how that works. 'first up, acceleration. this will involve some lateral thinking and a bit of car cannibalisation.' this is the motor from an electric window winder unit, so we put a bit of voltage to here and that goes..."vrmmm-vrmmm", forwards and backwards. so we put a bit of voltage to here and that goes..."vrmmm-vrmmm", forwards and backwards. so we put a bit of voltage to here and that goes..."vrmmm-vrmmm", forwards and backwards. the problem is we've got to get that voltage from a mind control unit, but this is the first stage in the plan. 'yes, it might look a bit heath robinson, but this is a lot more fun than a brain training game. 'the next problem to exercise my grey matter is steering. 'i'm hoping this drill is going to do the job.' ok, now to find out if this actually works. i'm going to turn on the car to get the power steering running. so, a little bit left, a little bit right. 'i also fit a mechanical drive for the gears and a pneumatic ram for the brakes 'and connect all these to a standard remote control unit. 'now for the next test. 'can i control brakes, steering, acceleration and gears simultaneously 'can i control brakes, steering, acceleration and gears simultaneously 'can i control brakes, steering, acceleration and gears simultaneously
Entry #3
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:52:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:52:00 UTC
BBC1LDN 2010-04-21 20:52:00 UTC
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Can You Train Your Brain? Bang Goes the Theory Special
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Apr 21 2010 8:52PM UTC
Programming Type: Science Network Series
'research last year showed that taking up moderate exercise for six months 'research last year showed that taking up moderate exercise for six months a huge increase in connections in those brain cells. it's making connections like these that help you forge new memories, learn new skills and find new ways of solving problems. i can't fight it any longer. i've got to go to the gym. 'liz may be going to the gym, but we're off to the race track 'to exercise our brains in a very different way. 'dallas and i have been training our brains with just one goal in mind - 'to control two london taxis by thought alone. 'not only that, we'll be racing head to head.' dallas and i are here at santa pod raceway where we're going to attempt to take motor sport to a whole new level. we're going to drive our brains to their limit with two races - speed and manoeuvrability. and the only way we will be able to get this to work and the only way we will be able to get this to work and the only way we will be able to get this to work dallas sighs 'this is a truly brain-busting operation. 'this is a truly brain-busting operation. 'this is a truly brain-busting operation. 'will our brains be up to the challenge?' go! 'yes, i've done it - the first ever brain-controlled taxi!' how come my car's not moving at all? 'but my focus wanders. dallas isn't even off the starting block.' my car's rubbish! right! on the computer, it's moving. there must be something wrong with the car. 'we rewire the system and start again. 'at last, dallas focuses his brain... 'at last, dallas focuses his brain... 'at last, dallas focuses his brain... wahey! whoo-hoo-hoo! 'he takes his eye off the game.' "i am your father." 'in his excitement, he's lost his concentration.' oh, you utter... bleep 'so i ramp up my neurons and take full advantage to close in on his tail. 'at last, after weeks of training, 'the power of my brain transformed into two litres of throbbing diesel. 'all those days of finally focusing the brain have paid off.' oh, brake, brake! ohh! oh! 'almost.' brainy enough to build a car, but clearly not to drive it. what happened next? 'with one cab down and determined to get my steering sussed, 'with one cab down and determined to get my steering sussed, 'with one cab down and determined to get my steering sussed, 'with one cab down and determined to get my steering sussed, 'with one cab down and determined to get my steering sussed, 'the brain is capable of some truly incredible things.' it amazes me how my brain has re-adapted itself. 'and it seems if we can enhance the connections between our brain cells, 'we can improve our brain's performance.' amazing! can i get a printout to show the boys? 'our huge scientific experiment may have shown that brain training games aren't the answer, 'but there are some simple things we can do to stimulate our brain's performance in the short term.' very good. 'and ways to improve our memory long-term. 'our brains are amazing and understanding how they work can help each of us 'to realise our full potential.' a big thank you to our gorgeous audience for keeping us company and taking part.
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