OK, so how lazy can we get?

In general I try not to judge what others do, but I was so struck by this invention that I had to turn up the contrast on how lazy some of us have become. I can certainly understand how this system, which required significant R&D investment, would be useful for the disabled, but the suggestion of use by those with fully capable bodies strikes me as ludicrous. Check out the link below.

Brain Powered Laziness Gizmo

http://www.cepro.com/article/scientists_unveil_thought_controlled_smart_home_system/K5

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Scientists Unveil ‘Thought-Controlled’ Smart Home System
Brain-Computer Interface uses electrodes attached to the scalp to read the mind of the user to activate lights, turn channels and open doors.
06.01.2009 — Scientists in London are close to perfecting a smart home system that is controlled by the user’s thoughts.

The Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) uses electrodes attached to the scalp that allow the user to turn lights off and on, change the channel on the TV or open a door “by just thinking about it,” according to Science Daily.

g.tec, an Austrian medical engineering company, developed the (BCI) to assist the disabled. But it could have applications for the general population. g.tec teamed with several international universities to test the BCI technology in a smart home created in virtual reality.

“[The virtual smart home] has a kitchen, bathroom, living room … everything a normal home would have,” says g.tec CEO Christoph Guger. “People are able to move through [the virtual smart home] just by thinking about where they wanted to go.”

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Let me now contrast that to the typical workouts done by some of the 50 athletes over 50 that I interviewed for my upcoming book “50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us How to Live a Strong, Healthy Life.”  You can become a facebook fan at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Don-McGrath-Author-of-50-Athletes-Over-50-Books/227125064913?ref=ts
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Sandy Scott

 

Sandy Scott (69 years young):

Monday        73.35 miles – moderate

Tuesday        35.6 easy spin ride, afternoon:  weight training: chest, shoulders, triceps, abdominals

Wednesday    35.04 miles – interval training – half mile repeats at maximum effort

Thursday        76.45 miles at a comfortable pace

Friday            35.28 miles – easy spin ride, Afternoon: weight training:  back & biceps

Saturday        76.19 Very fast group ride

Sunday            32.92 Easy recovery ride

Total mileage for the week:    368.83

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Jane Welzel (4rth from Left) and Friends

 

Jane Welzel (54):

Monday:  easy 30 minute run

Tuesday: morning 3-4 miles, pm track workout (see attachment)

Wednesday:  7-8 mile run

Thursday:  7-8 mile run

Friday: trail run, 8-10 mile run

Saturday: 6-8 mile run

Sunday: 12-15 miles on trails

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Who do you want to be in the new decade?

Happy New Decade!

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2 responses to “OK, so how lazy can we get?

  1. Great photos Don! What diets are these athletes on that keeps them so lean?

    • Thanks Randy. Their diets vary quite a bit, and most don’t think about it much. They do tend to be on a diet high in fruits and vegetables, they avoid red meat for teh most part, and they burn thousands of extra calories a week in their workouts. Many take vitamins and a few use protein shakes and other supplements. I think though, that diet is secondary. The fact that they spend on average seven hours a week working out, has their engine running hot and yields a strong, fit, healthy body.

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