A doctor I interviewed for this story told me something that stuck with me. He said for every person with dementia he treats, he finds himself caring for two patients. That’s how hard it can be to be a caregiver for someone with dementia.

The doctor is Bruce Miller. He directs the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. According to Miller, 50 percent of caregivers develop a major depressive illness because of the caregiving. “The caregiver is so overburdened that they don’t know what to do next,” he says. “This adds a huge burden to the medical system.”

This burden is going increase dramatically in the coming decade. By 2025, 7 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease, according to one recent estimate. Millions more will suffer from other types of dementia.

Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

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Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor

Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort. But we are much more than just a physical machine, driven also by emotion, which is something wearable companies are beginning to measure and give insight into with the use of sensors such as the GSR.

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Sometimes, we think we’re being funny when we criticize someone or make a joke at someone’s expense. We think it’s no big deal because we do it all the time, and generally nothing bad ever happens from it. Sometimes, we get attention for it, and that feels good. Besides, people do the same things to us, so we’re not doing anything worse than anyone else, right?

Wrong.

On Magick, Technology, Philosophy, and Pop-Culture

Those are my main areas of interest. It may not sound like a whole lot, but you’d honestly be surprised at the kind of mileage you can get out of recombining them and applying them as lenses through which to look at the world.

Hello. I’m Damien Williams, known by many of you as Wolven. Klint did a pretty fantastic job of introducing me, last time, so I’m not going to rehash any of that. What I want to do, right now, is to point you at a few places where you can get a decent sense for the kinds of plans I have for what we’re going to be doing, around here.

First, there is, of course, the Mindful Cyborgs interview I did with Klint.

Then there’s my presentation from Magick.Codes.

My Master’s Thesis.

My article “Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood.

And this atemporal conversation between myself and M1K3y, over at the Cosmic Anthropology Podcast.

What I want to be doing here is taking the time to engage in conversations with multiple thinkers about philosophical, religious, political, and occult perspectives on our science fictional present, and posting the audio, video, or transcriptions of either of those. I want to do this with some major frequency, but that requires the time and space to do so.

Which brings me to my next point: A discussion of an overarching framework of where A Future Worth Thinking About and Technoccult are headed. “Protected: Thinking About the Worth of the Future: Logistics.”

To be frank, it’s a money conversation. As I say, there, “I know we’re usually encouraged to not discuss anything as gauche as cash, in Western Society, but since we’re somehow still using a system of psychologically transferred and collectively-agreed-upon value to determine who gets to eat food, I say fuck it. Let’s talk it out.”

So please take a look, there, then tell your friends.

The Technoccult Tumblr is here.

Twitter handles are @Wolven and @Techn0ccult

The Perfunctory Facebook Page is here.

You can sign up for the newsletter here.

And as always, the Patreon is here.

That’s enough, for now. I need to go get back to work on some more substantive posts. See you next time. And thanks.

+rehabstudio imagines the future of shoes

Love your favorite pair of sneakers but wish they had a hint of yellow to make your outfit pop? Well there may soon be an app for that. London-based technology studio +rehabstudio has conceptualized a smart sneaker that uses conductive and reactive textiles to change the design and colors of a shoe making it “the sneaker you buy once but that acts like a million different pairs”.

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Nuclear spintronic technologies advances via practical material at room temperature

By Carla Reiter -

An electronics technology that uses the “spin” - or magnetization - of atomic nuclei to store and process information promises huge gains in performance over today’s electron-based devices. But getting there is proving challenging.
Now researchers at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering (IME) have made a crucial step toward nuclear spintronic technologies. They have gotten nuclear spins to line themselves up in a consistent, controllable way, and they have done it using a high-performance material that is practical, convenient, and inexpensive.

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Ref:  Optical Polarization of Nuclear Spins in Silicon Carbine.  Physical Review Letters (2015) | http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247603