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The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I. - The Atlantic - Pocket
“This is an active area of research,” Reagan says, “and there are a lot of hard problems yet to be solved. In addition to the plot, structure, and emotional arc, to write great stories, a computer will need to create characters and dialogue that are compelling and meaningful.”
story  storytelling  AI  computers  narrative  creativity  design  fiction 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
From Ballistics to Programming - IEEE Spectrum
But there were no recruiting posters for one group of women whose work was absolutely essential to the war effort. Instead, they were recruited mainly by letters sent to colleges by the War Department. These were women being recruited not for their impressive biceps but for their prowess in math and engineering.
Their work was classified at the time, and that probably contributed to the fact that it has been almost entirely overlooked for more than 60 years now. Another reason, though, is that whatever light was shone on this corner of the war effort depicted these women as clerks, though in fact by the mid-1940s they had become the world’s first computer programmers.
women  wwii  programming  computers  technology  war  feminism  mathematics 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
S.F. Gate: Stanford Laptop Orchestra makes music with Macs
"One of the basic questions we're asking is, What are computers good at doing and what are people good at?"

"Computers are great at producing sounds - anything we can write an algorithm for, we can hear. They don't get tired, they have a lot of processing power, and they're easily networked.

"People, on the other hand, are adaptable. They're social. The notions of expressiveness and intention more readily applicable to people.

"You pull all these elements together, and then you see where the intersection is."
music  computers  technology  mac  macbook  apple  creativity  improvisation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Marketing: This Dad Is Glad He Bought an IPad - Advertising Age - Digital: Columns
The big "a-ha" here is in how this new piece of technology has shifted my daily playbook of interaction with my children. Not in heavy or overbearing "punt to technology" doses, but via meaningful and highly participatory steps. In a weird way, I'm as pumped about the exploratory as the kids, and that can only lead to more exciting destinations. A bigger and more vibrant screen, combined with portability that trumps the bulky laptop, and we have a device that's vastly easier for groups –- especially families –- to gather around and consume content.

So there you have it. Dad is glad –- not mad or sad –- he bought an iPad.
ipad  apple  media  online  mobile  parenting  children  computers  technology 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Dan Grover » Toward a Grand Unified Theory of n00bs
So there are a lot of ways regular people are different from programmers, and in ways much more nuanced than simple "computer literacy." How do we solve the problems caused by these differences?
social  technology  education  humor  design  computers  software  attention 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Hate reading text online? There IS a better way... |
Programmers and publishers of online text: Please deliver us a long-overdue future in which we read – and write – in columns that move progressively sideways. After all, that's exactly the effect we create when we read an old-fashioned book and turn the page.
reading  technology  software  writing  words  language  computers  mobile 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Computerworld: Apple immune to Windows 7 impact, analyst says
"I analyzed the impact of the last four Windows launches and found no negative correlation between them and Mac sales," said Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech. "In fact, [Microsoft's launches] almost act like a delayed accelerant on Mac sales."

After comparing Mac sales with the launches of Windows 98 in June 1998, Windows 2000 (February 2000), Windows XP (October 2001) and Vista (January 2007), Marshall found that in all but the case of Windows 2000, Mac sales either increased or stayed steady.
apple  mac  macbook  windows  computers  technology  marketing 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Computerworld: Google leak points to imminent iMac, MacBook refresh
Stephen Baker, an analyst with retail research firm NPD Group, echoed those comments today. "I think we'll see a $799 MacBook and a $999 MacBook in the next few days," Baker said Monday. "I can't see how Apple wouldn't go there."

Apple's current low-end notebook is the white-cased MacBook, which lists for $999, and is slightly discounted online by others, such as Amazon, which sells the laptop for $978.

Apple frequently introduces new products or tweaked existing lines on Tuesdays, something that has fueled speculation that the company could unveil new iMac, Mac Mini and MacBook models as soon as tomorrow.
apple  macbook  computers  imac  google  marketing  europe 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Thwarting Thieves by Disguising Your Laptop -
A company in Spain has created a bag that might deter thefts of laptop computers. When it’s wrapped up in the pouch, the computer looks like the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Or El País, La Vanguardia, La Gazzetta dello Sport or other newspapers. After all, who’s going to steal a newspaper?
technology  fashion  computers  europe  business  journalism  newspapers 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Not every cloud has a silver lining: Cory Doctorow | Technology | The Guardian
It's easy to think of some extremely specialised collaborative environments that benefit from cloud computing– we used a Google spreadsheet to plan our wedding list and a Google calendar to coordinate with my parents in Canada – but if you were designing these applications to provide maximum utility for their users (instead of maximum business-model for their developers), they'd just be a place where encrypted bits of state information was held for periodic access by powerful PCs that did the bulk of their calculations locally.

That's how I use Amazon's S3 cloud storage: not as an unreliable and slow hard drive, but as a store for encrypted backups of my critical files, which are written to S3 using the JungleDisk tool. This is cheaper and better than anything I could do for myself by way of offsite secure backup, but I'm not going to be working off S3 any time soon.
amazon  computers  internet  work  data  information  backup  technology  online 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
We get our breaking news from blogs, we make spotty long-distance calls on Skype, we watch video on small computer screens rather than TVs, and more and more of us are carrying around dinky, low-power netbook computers that are just good enough to meet our surfing and emailing needs. The low end has never been riding higher.
marketing  business  technology  economics  video  publishing  society  photography  computers  email  news  media  journalism 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why 2010 Will Be the Year of the Tablet | Gadget Lab |
The challenge for Dell and Intel is unlikely to be the creation of the product, but rather cementing negotiations with content partners. The companies will find it difficult convincing large newspaper companies to convert from being an advertisement-based business to a fee-based business. However, they might be more open to the idea if Dell and Intel keep their tablet at a low cost.
computers  newspapers  business  technology  mobile 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Digital Life » Blog Archive » Know Your Mac—Easily Make Your Very Own Wi-Fi Hub
On your ethernet connected Mac, go to System Preferences. Select Sharing. Next select Internet Sharing. Change your option to share from Ethernet from the drop down menu. Click Airport option and then give the nifty network you just made a name and password. Lastly, turn on Internet sharing. That’s it! Enjoy!
mac  wifi  internet  diy  computers  apple 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brandweek: Study: TV Is Still King
Contrary to popular belief, younger consumers are not the biggest consumers of media. The biggest consumers of media are those in the 45-54 age group, dubbed the "digital boomer." The digital boomer, which on average has a daily screen time of 9 1/2 hours, watches a lot of TV, but also spends a lot of time on the computer. Screen time for all other age groups, including the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups, is 8 1/2 hours.
television  media  research  computers  aging 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ubuntu and Its Leader Set Sights on the Mainstream -
“I want to find out what it’s like to have a gigabit connection to the home,” he said. “It is not because I need to watch porn in high-definition but because I want to see what you do differently.”
linux  code  business  news  technology  nytimes  google  innovation  opensource  software  microsoft  computers  programming 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Farber's Interesting People: Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge
High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera. The private companies that mail out the tickets often do not bother to verify whether vehicle registration information for the accused vehicle matches the photographed vehicle. [...]
law  crime  transportation  cars  business  maryland  photography  computers 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Link by Link - This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix -
“You can draw something that appeals to 1 percent of the audience — 1 percent of United States, that is three million people, that is more readers than small cartoons can have.”
comics  humor  internet  nytimes  creativity  diy  art  code  computers  language 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Are we closer to a 'Matrix'-style world? - Frontiers-
“We are, as humans, just trained to look at faces. In a virtual environment, where you use a computer-generated figure that doesn’t look quite right, it’s a distraction from the action of the movie.”
science  marketing  technology  computers  cinema  games  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Coding Horror: Programmers Don't Read Books -- But You Should
"If you feel compelled to clean house on your bookshelf every five years, trust me on this, you're buying the wrong programming books."
computers  learning  library  programming  reading  software  toread  books  blogs  code 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
FindLaw's Writ - Dean: Barack Obama's Smart Speech "A More Perfect Union" Did It Reveal Him To Be Too Intellectual To Be President?
"Computers have made it rather simple to determine the intelligence or grade level of a speech by measuring it with the Flesch-Kincaid test, which is found on the Tools/Options menu of Microsoft Word."
obama  elections  information  story  writing  c  computers  english  politics  race 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
They Told You Not To Reply - Security Fix
AFAIK, the most trouble I've gotten from owning has been a few fake M_S___e IDs
security  news  humor  email  computers  technology  web 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
jwz - PSA: backups
"Option 1: Learn not to care about your data. Don't save any old email, use a film camera, and only listen to physical CDs and not MP3s. If you have no posessions, you have nothing to lose."
mac  macosx  osx  reference  security  humor  computers 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge

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