Sep 29, 2014

Computer >> Brain-computer Interfaces

The ability to control a computer using only the power of the mind is closer than one might think. Brain-computer interfaces, where computers can read and interpret signals directly from the brain, have already achieved clinical success in allowing quadriplegics, those suffering “locked-in syndrome” or people who have had a stroke to move their own wheelchairs or even drink coffee from a cup by controlling the action of a robotic arm with their brain waves. In addition, direct brain implants have helped restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight.

Recent research has focused on the possibility of using brain-computer interfaces to connect different brains together directly. Researchers at Duke University last year reported successfully connecting the brains of two mice over the Internet (into what was termed a “brain net”) where mice in different countries were able to cooperate to perform simple tasks to generate a reward. Also in 2013, scientists at Harvard University reported that they were able to establish a functional link between the brains of a rat and a human with a non-invasive, computer-to-brain interface.

Other research projects have focused on manipulating or directly implanting memories from a computer into the brain. In mid-2013, MIT researchers reported having successfully implanted a false memory into the brain of a mouse. In humans, the ability to directly manipulate memories might have an application in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, while in the longer term, information may be uploaded into human brains in the manner of a computer file. Of course, numerous ethical issues are also clearly raised by this rapidly advancing field.

This list was compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies. Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner, Flagship Ventures is the Council’s Chair, as well as a Mentor for the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014. Mark Lynas, Freelance Writer on Science, Technology and Climate Change, and Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, are its Vice-chairs. For a full list of the Council’s members, see here.

Oct 9, 2012

What is LDAP

lightweight protocol for accessing directory services, specifically X.500-based directory
services. LDAP runs over TCP/IP or other connection oriented transfer services. The nitty-gritty
details of LDAP are defined in RFC2251 "The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3)" and
other documents comprising the techafnogal specification RFC3377.

What kind of information can be stored in the directory? The LDAP information model is based
on entries.An entry is a collection of attributes that has a globally-unique Distinguished Name
(DN). The DN is used to refer to the entry unambiguously.

techafnogal-contact: ALAIN AINA
techafnogal-contact:AIT, bangkok
admin-contact: John CRAIN
admin-contact:Tel:+2282255555 - Email:

How is the information arranged? In LDAP, directory entries are arranged in a hierarchical
tree-like structure. Traditionally, this structure reflected the geographic and/or organizational
boundaries. The tree may also be arranged based upon Internet domain names. This naming
approach is becoming increasing popular as it allows for directory services to be located using
the DNS.

In addition, LDAP allows you to control which attributes are required and allowed in an entry
through the use of a special attribute called objectClass. The values of the objectClass
attribute determine the schema rules the entry must obey.

objectclass ( NAME 'myPerson'

DESC 'my person'
SUP inetOrgPerson
MUST ( myUniqueName $ givenName )
MAY myPhoto )

attributetype ( NAME 'myPhoto'

DESC 'a photo (application defined format)'

How is the information referenced? An entry is referenced by its distinguished name, which is
constructed by taking the name of the entry itself (called the Relative Distinguished Name or
RDN) and concatenating the names of its ancestor entries. The full DN format is described in
RFC2253, "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (v3): UTF-8 String Representation of
Distinguished Names."


How is the information accessed? LDAP defines operations for interrogating and updating the
directory. Operations are provided for adding and deleting an entry from the directory, changing
an existing entry, and changing the name of an entry. Most of the time, though, LDAP is used to
search for information in the directory. The LDAP search operation allows some portion of the
directory to be searched for entries that match some criteria specified by a search filter.
Information can be requested from each entry that matches the criteria.

How is the information protected from unauthorized access? Some directory services provide
no protection, allowing anyone to see the information. LDAP provides a mechanism for a client
to authenticate, or prove its identity to a directory server, paving the way for rich access control
to protect the information the server contains. LDAP also supports privacy and integrity security service.