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The following are abstracts of a couple of talks I have held in previous years. They represent subjects that are of special interest to me. They were prepared during my physics studies at Göteborg University and at Chalmers University of Technology.



Radon - Ädel men farlig
( Radon - Noble but dangerous)


Detalj från Karlsruher Nuklidkarte


Under Vetenskapsfestivalen den 20 maj 2006 fick jag förmånen att få tala om radon inför intresserade åskådare på Vasaområdet, Chalmers.

Den halva av föredraget som jag höll handlade om bakgunden till att vi har radon i naturen och med vilka åtgärder vi kan reducera koncentrationen av radon i vår inomhusluft. Professor Eva Forssell-Aronsson från Radiofysik på GU talade om alfa-strålningen från radon och verkan den har på oss.



Machines & Consciousness;
Will machines ever be conscious?


Figure: fMRI can add function to structure of brain, Columbia university


This talk was prepared for a Complex Systems Seminar during October 2005.

The question is if machines will become conscious. In the last ten years, a lot of new knowledge in neurology has made it possible to start developing models for consciousness, which is necessary if one wants to build such machines. Nevertheless, it will probably take decades before higher levels can be reached, and there is still no evidence that self-awareness, as we know from the highest developed species, will ever be possible to mimic.



The Sixth Sense; On Human Augmentation


Figure: Senses from
About.com: Biology


During the course of Humanoid Robotics in May 2005, I chose this subject as a project topic.

By tradition, we are said to have only five senses and sometimes we say that the sensing of other stimuli must be done by some intriguing sixth sense. However, we have more than five senses and science still finds new ones.



Building Electronics with Molecules


Figure from Spektrum der Wissenschaft - Spezial: Nanotechnologie


This talk was held during the Atomic and Molecular Physics course in May 2003.

In future, let us say in 10 to 15 years, nanoelectronics will make it possible to build discrete components out of only one or two molecules. This will for example make the computers smaller, faster and less energy consuming.




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