“What if we tried to make a different kind of computer, one that didn’t demand your attention, that didn’t try to absorb you in interaction, that merely displayed beautiful things from the Internet?” - This Kickstarter darling reached its goal within 30 minutes. Here’s how it will change the art world.
The organisations that are looking to invent, and dominate the next era of computing are, at their heart, based on advertising revenue, and in the process of owning the future, these companies and their device-based competitors will treat the personal information of consumers as a prized commodity.
Who remembered that we’d gotten it wrong so many times?
Once the U.S. planted a flag on the moon, it was easy to forget the trials and tribulations of the space race. But did you know that the United States and Soviet Union combined for eight failed missions to the moon within a single year? Eventually, the U.S. got the Pioneer 4 (their fifth attempt) to do a successful flyby in 1959. The Soviet Union followed a few months later by topping us big time—they actually landed with their Luna 2, a probe that looks straight out of 1960s sci-fi television. It’s a story that you can follow in this pair of infographics created by Margot Trudell as part of her OCAD graduate thesis.
JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot
#TIL that Kickstarter videos are an - almost independent - subcategory of corporate flat-pack futures. And this one is their new leader. It’s too cute to be true. So let’s wait for the first delivered batch. Nevertheless, the team makes an excellent impression. I hope they don’t neglect the IoT-discussion about data protection & surveillance.
JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…
WHAT JIBO CAN DO
See Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.
Hear 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.
Speak Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.
Learn Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.
Help Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.
RelateCommunicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.
INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE
Assistant Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.
Messenger Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.
Photographer Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
Avatar See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.
FUN & SUPPORTIVE
Storyteller Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.
CompanionPhysical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.
Submitted by Manuvstheworld:
Fanfiction, Graphs, and PageRank
On a website called fanfiction.net, users write millions of stories about their favorite stories. They have diverse opinions about them. They love some stories, and hate others. The opinions are noisy, and it’s hard to see the big picture.
With tools from mathematics and some helpful software, however, we can visualize the underlying structure.
In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on fanfiction.net. We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top fanfiction.net users.
If you’re not interested in the details, you can skip to the following:
And of course, you might skim below to see the pretty pictures!
I recently started watching a television show called Numbers, and this interesting use of mathematics to create cool and useful software reminds me of that show.