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We need to start teaching cybersecurity in elementary school - World Economic Forum
In this era of rapid technological advancement, children need to immerse themselves in technology at a young age in order to start learning the skills they will use throughout their lives. But they also need to be warned about the risks that accompany all those cool smartphone and computer applications. All too often, that isn’t happening.
children  security  it  computing  education 
20 days ago by terry
When speakers are all ears: Understanding when smart speakers mistakenly record conversations – Mon(IoT)r Research Group
The main goals of our research are to detect if, how, when, and why smart speakers are unexpectedly recording audio from their environment (we call this activation). We are also interested in whether there are trends based on certain non-wake words, type of conversation, location, and other factors.
iot  voice  computing  smart  google  amazon  alexa  television 
4 weeks ago by terry
How your laptop ruined your life – The Atlantic
As laptops have kept improving, and Wi-Fi has continued to reach ever further into the crevices of American life, however, the reality of laptops’ potential stopped looking quite so rosy. Instead of liberating white-collar and “knowledge” workers from their office, laptops turned many people’s whole life into an office. Smartphones might require you to read an after-hours email or check in on the office-communication platform Slack before you started your commute, but portable computers gave workers 24-hour access to the sophisticated, expensive applications—Salesforce CRM, Oracle ERP, Adobe Photoshop—that made their full range of duties possible.
business  technology  computing 
6 weeks ago by terry
Why laptops could be facing the end of the line – The Conversation
Research shows that PC and laptop ownership, usage and importance have declined over the past three years, replaced largely by smartphones. A survey of internet users found just 15% thought their laptop was their most important device for accessing the internet, down from 30% in 2015, while 66% thought their smartphone was most important, up from 32%.

This has led some commentators to predict the slow death of the laptop because of young people’s preference for and greater familiarity with the devices in their pocket. But a survey by UK regulator Ofcom in 2017 also found there has also been a record rise in older people using smartphones and tablets.
computing  phones 
7 weeks ago by terry
Did HAL Commit Murder? – The MIT Press Reader
As with each viewing, I discovered or appreciated new details. But three iconic scenes — HAL’s silent murder of astronaut Frank Poole in the vacuum of outer space, HAL’s silent medical murder of the three hibernating crewmen, and the poignant sorrowful “death” of HAL — prompted deeper reflection, this time about the ethical conundrums of murder by a machine and of a machine. In the past few years experimental autonomous cars have led to the death of pedestrians and passengers alike. AI-powered bots, meanwhile, are infecting networks and influencing national elections. Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Sam Harris, and many other leading AI researchers have sounded the alarm: Unchecked, they say, AI may progress beyond our control and pose significant dangers to society.
ai  ethics  computing  robots 
10 weeks ago by terry
Oh crumbs! Hope of an end to food in keyboards – The Times
Forget about fingerprint readers, retinal displays or edge-to-edge screens. There is one innovation that computer users have been waiting for since the first office worker decided to eat at their desk, and it could soon be here: crumb-proof keyboards.
apple  computing  food 
10 weeks ago by terry
Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google – The Register
Kapor in 1982 had forecast first-year sales for 1-2-3 of $3 to $4m based on the performance of Personal Software, which had made $12m annually and had shipped 300,000 copies of VisiCalc. 1-2-3 made $53m in year one, selling at $495 per a copy on a PC bundle of the day that was priced $5,000 - which included a printer and monitor. “We had no idea - nobody had put out software like that before,” Kapor said of his sales estimates.
spreadsheet  computing 
11 weeks ago by terry
Microsoft apocalypse-proofs open source code in an Arctic cave - Bloomberg
This is the Arctic World Archive, the seed vault’s much less sexy cousin. Friedman unlocks the container door with a simple door key and, inside, deposits much of the world’s open source software code. Servers and flash drives aren’t durable enough for this purpose, so the data is encoded on what look like old-school movie reels, each weighing a few pounds and stored in a white plastic container about the size of a pizza box. It’s basically microfilm. With the help of a magnifying glass, you—or, say, a band of End Times survivors—can see the data, be it pictures, text, or lines of code.
archives  recordsmanagement  computing  backup 
november 2019 by terry
What would happen if the internet went down ... forever?
Sweat starts to form on your brow—although that’s because your Nest thermostat isn’t working. Your smart TV is on the fritz. Your connected refrigerator’s display monitor won’t work. And when you frantically dart across the street to ask the neighbors if they can get online, the series of anomalies that have characterized your morning suddenly don’t seem so anomalous.

The internet isn’t just down. It’s gone. Stopped. Kaput. No more. May God have mercy on our Instagram influencers.
internet  computing  technology  future 
november 2019 by terry
Data compression
1867: Chicago Tribune publisher Joseph Medill argues for eliminating excess letters from the English language, like dropping the “e” in “favorite.” ...

1934: Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick, Medill’s grandson, institutes compressed spelling rules; some stick (“analog,” “canceled”), some don’t (“hocky,” “doctrin”).
language  computing 
october 2019 by terry
Generative art by Thomas Lin Pedersen
I’m a generative artist focusing mainly on exploring the beauty of dynamic systems. For me, the sweet spot of generative art lies in creating a system that you know well enough to set it up for success, but is so complex that you still get surprised when you see the result. The more I become familiar with a system I’ve developed, the more it feels like a (slightly unpredictable) brush to paint with.
art  generative  computing 
october 2019 by terry
Cybernetics is essentially the theory of how dynamic systems—factories, ecosystems, artificial intelligence, human relationships—change, learn, and adapt based on information, and for what purpose. Perhaps the best definition is the subtitle to Wiener’s book on the subject: “Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.”
october 2019 by terry
Turing Test: why it still matters
We’re entering the age of artificial intelligence. And as AI programs gets better and better at acting like humans, we will increasingly be faced with the question of whether there’s really anything that special about our own intelligence, or if we are just machines of a different kind. Could everything we know and do one day be reproduced by a complicated enough computer program installed in a complicated enough robot?
ai  robots  computing 
october 2019 by terry
The stockmarket is now run by computers, algorithms and passive managers
The execution of orders on the stockmarket is now dominated by algorithmic traders. Fewer trades are conducted on the rowdy floor of the nyse and more on quietly purring computer servers in New Jersey. According to Deutsche Bank, 90% of equity-futures trades and 80% of cash-equity trades are executed by algorithms without any human input. Equity-derivative markets are also dominated by electronic execution according to Larry Tabb of the Tabb Group, a research firm.
ai  algorithms  commerce  economics  computing 
october 2019 by terry
1. (humorous) Acronym of problem in chair, not in computer; states that the problem was not in the computer but was instead caused by the user operating it.
language  humour  it  computing 
september 2019 by terry
Here's why the internet will always have enough space for all our devices
So why am I fairly relaxed about all this? The internet addresses that are running out are “version 4” addresses. Their use increased significantly when the internet was becoming popular for ordinary users from the mid-1990s onwards. But experts recognised over 15 years ago that a better addressing system was needed. The newest one we have is version 6. As you will recall, version 4 addresses are 32 digits long. Version 6 has 128. That gives two to the power of 128 combinations, or 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses. This equals 340 undecillion potential addresses – a magnificently large number.
internet  computing 
september 2019 by terry
The generative portraiture of Espen Kluge
I love Kluge’s description of his organic coding process for creating art. It flies in the face of the popular misconception that programming art is somehow a linear process, when in actuality, it is almost always circuitous.

When I asked Kluge if he is still surprised by the outputs he is getting, he replied:

Oh, yeah, I wouldn’t have the motivation to do this at all if I wasn’t surprised every time. It’s a pleasure every time I get close to something I like. I don’t have a good drawing hand. This is something I use to be my drawing hand. Sometimes the lines and shapes can be really beautiful, and I don’t think I could calculate that. It’s impossible for me to have these things in my head before I start. I would like to think this is true for all generative artists. It is a very playful process.
art  generative  computing 
august 2019 by terry
Art of GeoCities
Artwork excavated from archived GeoCities pages (1994–2009). A tribute to the lost days of unrefined self-expression on the Internet.
internet  art  computing 
july 2019 by terry
How can I remove Google from my life?
Google started by taking over the search engine market. It now dominates smartphone operating systems (Android), browsers (Chrome), web-based email (Gmail), online video (YouTube) and maps. It is also challenging in other areas with its own cloud platform, an online office suite, Chromebooks, Waze, Nest and so on. Google is far advanced in driverless cars (Waymo) and artificial intelligence (DeepMind). Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
google  computing  phones 
july 2019 by terry
Update faker
Ever since the launch of updatefaker.com we've been flooded with positive feedback both online and in real life. And everyone who's ever fallen victim to update faker will never leave their PC unattended again, which certainly is a good thing. You never know what bad things people are up to. This website is literally one of the least bad things that can happen to an unattended PC.
computers  computing  security  humour 
june 2019 by terry
17 shift key shortcuts you should remember in Windows
Here are a few Shift key hacks you can use to boost your productivity in Windows 10.
computing  keyboards  microsoft 
june 2019 by terry
Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike
In a memo issued Wednesday officially announcing the existence of MAlt, Emmanuel Ormancey, system architect at CERN, said Microsoft recently rescinded CERN's academic designation. Following the conclusion of its previous contract with the software giant in March 2019, CERN was presented with a new contract based on user numbers that increased its licensing costs more than tenfold.
cern  microsoft  technology  computing  science 
june 2019 by terry
£18.5 million to boost diversity in AI tech roles and innovation in online training for adults
Up to 2,500 people will have the opportunity to retrain and become experts in data science and artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to a £13.5 million investment to fund new degree and Masters conversion courses and scholarships at UK academic institutions over the next three years.

£5 million is also being invested to encourage technology companies to develop cutting-edge solutions, utilising AI and automation, to improve the quality of online learning for adults.
education  universities  he  training  ai  technology  computing 
june 2019 by terry
Adults' media use and attitudes - Ofcom
The annual adults’ media use and attitudes report provides research that looks at media use, attitudes and understanding, and how these change over time. The report also includes a particular focus on those who tend not to participate digitally.
technology  gadgets  computing  internet  society 
june 2019 by terry
Generative art gets its due
Generative art, once perceived as the domain of a small number of “computer nerds,” is now the artform best poised to capture what sets our generation apart from those that came before us - ubiquitous computing. As children of the digital revolution, computing has become our greatest shared experience. Like it or not, we are all now computer nerds, inseparable from the many devices through which we mediate our worlds.
art  ai  technology  computing  photography 
april 2019 by terry
Turing Award 2018: Nobel Prize of computing given to ‘godfathers of AI’
Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun — sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’ — have been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning. The techniques the trio developed in the 1990s and 2000s enabled huge breakthroughs in tasks like computer vision and speech recognition. Their work underpins the current proliferation of AI technologies, from self-driving cars to automated medical diagnoses.
ai  science  computing 
march 2019 by terry
Virtual computing
After Akoto’s story went viral last March, Microsoft flew him to Singapore for an educators’ exchange and pledged to send him a device from a business partner. He’s also received desktops and books from a computer training school in Accra and a laptop from a doctoral student at the University of Leeds.
computing  education  africa 
march 2019 by terry
From self-harm to terrorism, online recommendations cast a deadly shadow
The sad truth about the internet is that it holds up a mirror to human nature and some of what we see reflected in it is pretty repulsive. (One of the videos reportedly used in training sessions for Facebook moderators in Arizona, for example, shows a man being murdered. “Someone is stabbing him, dozens of times, while he screams and begs for his life.”) The social media companies, which like to portray their mission as enabling people to express themselves (“Broadcast yourself” was an early motto of YouTube, for example), protest that they can hardly be blamed if people are horrible, express themselves in unacceptable ways and generally foul the online nest.

Their reliance on recommendation engines rather undermines this comforting narrative. As Gerrard and Gillespie point out: “Social media platforms not only host this troubling content, they end up recommending it to the people most vulnerable to it. And recommendation is a different animal than mere availability.”

Spot on. And there’s a growing body of evidence to support this. In areas such as self-harm, misinformation, terrorist recruitment or conspiracy theories, social media platforms don’t just make this content easy to find – their recommendation engines help to amplify it.
technology  computing  society  youtube 
march 2019 by terry
A programmable 8-bit computer created using traditional embroidery techniques and materials
The Embroidered Computer by Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak doesn’t look like what you might expect when you think of a computer. Instead, the work looks like an elegantly embroidered textile, complete with glass and magnetic beads and a meandering pattern of copper wire. The materials have conductive properties which are arranged in specific patterns to create electronic functions. Gold pieces on top of the magnetic beads flip depending on the program, switching sides as different signals are channeled through the embroidered work.
art  craft  computing  design 
february 2019 by terry
How to access a remote computer using Google Remote Desktop
If both you and your troubled relative use the Chrome browser (or own a Chromebook), you can use the Chrome Remote app to easily gain temporary control of their computer to either fix the issue or show them what to do. It’s available for PCs, Macs, Linux systems, and Chromebooks; there are also separate apps for iOS and Android.
computing  google  software 
january 2019 by terry
Dance lessons
The quicksort computer sorting algorithm demonstrated with Hungarian folk dance, from Romania’s Sapientia University.
video  computing  dance 
january 2019 by terry
Americans want to regulate AI but don’t trust anyone to do it
These are important lessons for policymakers and technologists to consider in the discussion on how best to advance and regulate AI, says Allan Dafoe, director of the center and coauthor of the report. “There isn’t currently a consensus in favor of developing advanced AI, or that it’s going to be good for humanity,” he says. “That kind of perception could lead to the development of AI being perceived as illegitimate or cause political backlashes against the development of AI.”


More than 8 in 10 Americans believe that AI and robotics should be managed carefully. That is easier said than done because they also don’t trust any one entity to pick up that mantle. Among the different options presented from among federal and international agencies, companies, nonprofits, and universities, none received more than 50% of the respondents’ trust to develop and manage AI responsibly. The US military and university researchers did, however, receive the most trust for developing the technology, while tech companies and nonprofits received more trust than government actors for regulating it.
ai  technology  computing  regulation  via:joeo10 
january 2019 by terry
The end of the beginning — Benedict Evans
The internet began as an open, ‘permissionless’, decentralized network, but then we got (and indeed needed) new centralised networks on top, and so we’ve spent a lot of the past decade talking about search and social. Machine learning and crypto give new and often decentralized, permissionless fundamental layers for looking at meaning, intent and preference, and for attaching value to those.
future  internet  computing 
november 2018 by terry
The next Great (Digital) Extinction
As our modern dinosaurs crash down around us, I sometimes wonder what kind of humans will eventually walk out of this epic transformation. Trump and the populism that’s rampaging around the world today, marked by xenophobia, racism, sexism, and rising inequality, is greatly amplified by the forces the GDE has unleashed. For someone like me who saw the power of connection build a vibrant, technologically meshed ecosystem distinguished by peace, love, and understanding, the polarization and hatred empowered by the internet today is like watching your baby turning into the little girl in The Exorcist.
technology  internet  computing  culture  society 
november 2018 by terry
Digital notepad 'feels like real paper'
A Norwegian start-up is developing a digital paper tablet it hopes will appeal to "paper people". The device - called ReMarkable - can be written on using a stylus and is textured to feel like real paper.
computing  paper  e-readers  gadgets 
november 2018 by terry
reMarkable, the paper tablet
reMarkable - the only digital device that feels like paper. A tool for note-taking, reading and reviewing documents. No social media, e-mail or notifications. No distractions, just you and your thoughts.
computing  paper  e-readers  gadgets 
november 2018 by terry
reMarkable Folio - Original sleeve for the reMarkable
1 new from £79.00
* reMarkable Folio is designed to protect your reMarkable and Marker
* reMarkable Folio is made from durable wool felt.
* Over 75% of reMarkable's customers order a folio with their reMarkable
paper  computing  e-readers  gadgets 
november 2018 by terry
reMarkable - The Paper Tablet - 10.3" Digital Notepad and E-reader, Ultra low Latency Glare-free Touchscreen
1 new from £549.00 1 used from £400.00
* The reMarkable paper tablet - a digital device for writing, reading & sketching that feels like paper.
* Here to replace your notebooks, printouts and documents. A groundbreaking device that changes how people work.
* No other tablet in the world gives you an experience so close to paper as reMarkable.
* Super low latency, 226 DPI CANVAS display. You've never experienced anything like the CANVAS display.
* In the box: reMarkable, Marker, 8 extra Marker tips and charging cable. Original reMarkable Folio (sleeve) NOT included.
paper  computing  e-readers  gadgets 
november 2018 by terry
Google Drive first looks
Part productivity suite and part syncing and online storage service, Google Drive also provides excellent collaborative office-suite functionality.
google  computing  cloud 
november 2018 by terry
How Tetris became the world's favourite computer game
With the iron curtain still firmly in place, Moscow did not have anything resembling a computer industry and software was not for sale. "The idea of receiving money for the programme seemed really strange and ridiculous at that time. So somehow Tetris was copied from my computer and from floppy disk to floppy disk - it just spread like wildfire," says Mr Pajitnov.

Tetris was passed between computer users the length and breadth of the Soviet Union and before long the government noticed that it had begun affecting productivity in the workplace. In order to combat the problem they created an early form of spyware, which was installed on state computers to corrupt both Tetris and the floppy disk it originated from the moment the game was opened.
videogames  games  computing 
november 2018 by terry
Computer says no: why making AIs fair, accountable and transparent is crucial
Most AIs are made by private companies who do not let outsiders see how they work. Moreover, many AIs employ such complex neural networks that even their designers cannot explain how they arrive at answers. The decisions are delivered from a “black box” and must essentially be taken on trust. That may not matter if the AI is recommending the next series of Game of Thrones. But the stakes are higher if the AI is driving a car, diagnosing illness, or holding sway over a person’s job or prison sentence.
ai  science  computing  ethics  law 
november 2018 by terry
100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it
Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s first proposal to CERN outlining what he originally called the “WorldWideWeb” (one word). Since then, Berners-Lee has had a few regrets about what’s become a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, and who knows what the future holds. Below you’ll find our somewhat arbitrary idea of the virtual destinations that mattered most, ranked and curated by the Gizmodo staff and illustrated with screenshots that exemplify their history, as we’ve played, shared, fought, and meme’d our way into the current millennium.
computing  history  internet  web  timbernerslee 
october 2018 by terry
What is the internet? 13 key questions answered
How will the whole world get online? A major challenge is to get affordable internet to poor, rural regions. With an eye on expanding markets, US tech firms hope to make inroads. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, scrapped plans for solar powered drones and is now focusing on high-altitude balloons to provide the internet from the edge of space. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and a company called OneWeb have their own plans to bring internet access to everyone in the world via constellations of microsatellites.
internet  technology  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Quantum computers will break the encryption that protects the internet
When Dr Shor made his discovery such computers were the stuff of science fiction. But in 2001 researchers at ibm announced that they had built one, programmed it with Shor’s algorithm, and used it to work out that the prime factors of 15 are three and five. This machine was about the most primitive quantum computer imaginable. But there has been steady progress since. Alibaba, Alphabet (Google’s parent), ibm, Microsoft and the like are vying to build commercial versions, and the governments of America and China, in particular, are sponsoring research into the matter.
computing  encryption 
october 2018 by terry
On its 30th anniversary, IRC evokes memories of the internet's early days
I used IRC in the early 1990s, when there were all kinds of fun things to do. There was a server with a bot that played Boggle. I was the know-it-all music snob who got kicked out of a chat channel someone set up at Woodstock ’94. I created keyboard macros that spewed out ASCII art. I skipped Mike Tyson’s pay-per-view boxing match in 2006 to watch someone describe it on IRC.

<jon12345> lewis connects again
<jon12345> arg
<jon12345> on the ropes
<CaZtRo> tyson is DOWN
<DaNNe_> no!
<DaNNe_> why ..
internet  history  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives
There was a moment of silence, and then something odd happened. The channel went blank. The list of users disappeared, and NetCruiser politely played the Windows alert chime through the speakers. At the bottom of the IRC window, a new message now stood alone: "You have been kicked from channel #descent for the following reason: f*** off newbie". I guess the Internet of 1995 wasn't that different from the Internet of 2018.
internet  history  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Winamp is coming back as an all-in-one music player
First released in 1997, Winamp was a popular freeware media player famous for its utilitarian music playback and its wealth of incredible community-made skins. It was acquired by AOL in 2002, then sold to Radionomy in 2014. The last time Winamp was updated was in 2013, so news that a revival is coming should be welcomed by longtime fans of the app.
computing  gadgets  music 
october 2018 by terry
Chromebook Data Science
Chromebook Data Science (CBDS) is a free online educational to help anyone who can read, write, and use a computer to move into data science, the number one rated job. It is a sequence of 12 MOOCs offered by faculty members in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health.
data  science  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Chromebook Data Science - a free online data science program for anyone with a web browser
oday I’m excited to announce the first part of our new system, a new set of massive online open courses called Chromebook Data Science. These MOOCs are for anyone from high schoolers on up to get into data science. If you can read and follow instructions you can learn data science from these courses!
The reason they are called Chromebook Data Science is because philosophically our goal was that anyone with a Chromebook could do the courses. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection. The courses all take advantage of RStudio Cloud so that all course work can be completed entirely in a web browser. No need to install software or have the latest MacBook Computer.
data  science  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Chromebook Data Science
Getting into data science typically requires that you have access to a decent computer or server. You also usually need to install software. Chromebook Data Science, a set of online sources from the Johns Hopkins Data Science Lab, lets people learn with just a Chromebook and an internet connection.
computing  data  science 
october 2018 by terry
Well, well, well: Google dropped its bid for the $10B Pentagon cloud project
Google’s announcement comes just months after the company decided not to re-up its contract with a Pentagon AI program, when protests broke out from employees who didn’t think Google should be in “the business of war.” [...]

Only Google could turn down a $10B job
google  computing  ai  cloud 
october 2018 by terry
Do decentralised web programs use as much energy as cloud-based services?
The distributed web is being promoted by people I admire, including web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle and Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker. It also has a valid reason to exist: people really should own and control their own data, not just labour as unpaid serfs for surveillance capitalism. However, most people follow the line of least resistance, so the web is not going to change overnight.

Services like Graphite are worth considering if you need both encryption and the ability to share secure files online, though there are other ways to do this, such as Boxcryptor and Whisply. DWeb apps will need to become easier to use and mobile before they can reach a mass market.

But I can’t see any savings in energy consumption compared with just using a cloud service.
computing  internet  cloud  blockchain  web  timbernerslee 
october 2018 by terry
Lots and lots of control panels
This blog collects examples of control panels, analog and digital. The site’s tagline reads “in praise of dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs”.
design  interface  machinery  computing 
october 2018 by terry
Yahoo Japan is shutting down its website hosting service GeoCities
The company said in a statement that it was hard to encapsulate in one word the reason for the shut down, but that profitability and technological issues were primary factors. It added that it was full of “regret” for the fate of the immense amount of information that would be lost as a result of the service’s closure. [...]

The fact that GeoCities survived in Japan for so long speaks to the country’s idiosyncratic nature online. Despite the fact that Yahoo—which purchased GeoCities in 1999 for almost $4 billion at the peak of the dot.com boom—has fallen into irrelevance in much of the world, the company continues to be the dominant news portal in Japan. It still commands a sizeable market share in search, though it has steadily ceded its position to Google over the years.
internet  computing  web  history  japan 
october 2018 by terry
Machine learning confronts the elephant in the room
Then the researchers introduced something incongruous into the scene: an image of an elephant in semiprofile. The neural network started getting its pixels crossed. In some trials, the elephant led the neural network to misidentify the chair as a couch. In others, the system overlooked objects, like a row of books, that it had correctly detected in earlier trials. These errors occurred even when the elephant was far from the mistaken objects.

Snafus like those extrapolate in unsettling ways to autonomous driving. A computer can’t drive a car if it might go blind to a pedestrian just because a second earlier it passed a turkey on the side of the road.
ai  computing  vision 
september 2018 by terry
Bots and the future of automated accountability
Bots are actually fairly well-suited to accountability journalism. They can tirelessly monitor evolving sets of data, where there is data to observe—and the vigil over their subjects never falters. They can then draw the public’s attention to inconsistencies or potential misbehavior based on that monitoring, sending alerts for unexpected observations and continuously publishing updates, simultaneously reminding the powerful they are being observed.
computing  journalism  socialmedia 
september 2018 by terry
The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm
Despite their forays into the world of art, creating unexciting text such as ad-copy is where generative systems will have the biggest impact in the short term. Software will produce millions of words and images that millions of people will see – and be influenced by – every day. And if they do the job well enough, we will never even notice the difference.
computing  language  writing  advertising 
september 2018 by terry
This AI is bad at drawing but will try anyways
This bird is less, um, recognizable. When the GAN has to draw *anything* I ask for, there’s just too much to keep track of - the problem’s too broad, and the algorithm spreads itself too thin. It doesn’t just have trouble with birds. A GAN that’s been trained just on celebrity faces will tend to produce photorealistic portraits. But this one, however…

In fact, it does a horrifying job with humans because it can never quite seem to get the number of orifices correct.
ai  art  humour  computing  drawings 
august 2018 by terry
How the shared family computer protected us from our worst selves
Long before phone addiction panic gripped the masses and before screen time became a facet of our wellness and digital detoxes, there was one good and wise piece of technology that served our families. Maybe it was in the family room or in the kitchen. It could have been a Mac or PC. Chances are it had a totally mesmerizing screensaver. It was the shared family desktop.
computing  culture  technology 
august 2018 by terry
London’s Design Museum announces 2017 exhibition programme
“‘Designed in California’ is the new ‘Made in Italy’. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine the state’s current global reach,” says the museum. The exhibition will follow the culture of California taking in everything from LSD to skateboards and iPhones. “This ambitious survey brings together political posters, personal computers and self-driving cars but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. The exhibition reveals how this culture of design and technology has made us all Californians.”
apple  computing  design  gui  icons  mac  technology  typography  ui 
july 2018 by terry
The sketchbook of Susan Kare, the artist who gave computing a human face
There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing creator — who still makes a point of surfing in the ocean several mornings a week — they radiated good vibes. To creative innovators in the ’80s who didn’t see themselves as computer geeks, Kare’s icons said: Stop stressing out about technology. Go ahead, dive in!
technology  design  gui  ui  mac  apple  icons  computing  typography 
july 2018 by terry
James Bridle on why technology is creating a new dark age
The p-hacking problem is one of many high-tech parables in James Bridle’s book New Dark Age, which will be released in the US tomorrow. Bridle is already well-known for his creative critiques of modern technology, including the 2012 drone-tracking project Dronestagram, a salt circle that traps self-driving cars, and last year’s influential essay about creepy YouTube kids’ videos. New Dark Age integrates these critiques into a larger argument about the dangers of trusting computers to explain (and, increasingly, run) the world. As Bridle writes, “We know more and more about the world, while being less and less able to do anything about it.”

But however grim a new dark age sounds, Bridle explains in an interview with The Verge that his vision isn’t a purely negative one, and his book is a call to study not what computers are telling us, but how and why they’re doing it.
future  technology  computing  internet 
july 2018 by terry
Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years
The Verge revealed last week that Microsoft wants to create a “new and disruptive” dual-screen device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what’s considered PC and mobile. Codenamed Andromeda, Microsoft’s project has been in development for at least two years and is designed to be a pocketable Surface device. Last week, Microsoft’s Surface chief, Panos Panay, appeared to tease just such a machine, built in collaboration with LG Display. We’re on the cusp of seeing the release of a folding, tablet-like device that Microsoft has actually been dreaming of for almost a decade.
microsoft  technology  future  gadgets  computing 
july 2018 by terry
Microsoft obsesses over giant displays and super thin tablets in future vision video
While everyone is busy flicking and swiping content from one device to another to get work done in the future, it’s nice to see there’s still a few keyboards laying around. Microsoft also shows off a concept tablet that’s shaped like a book, complete with a stylus. The tablet features a bendable display that folds out into a bigger device. If such a tablet will exist within the next 10 years then I want to pre-order one right now.
microsoft  technology  future  gadgets  computing 
july 2018 by terry
Keyboard with only the letters of the alphabet and a space bar
The pain27 is an open source keyboard project to make an easily usable, yet completely and utterly unusable qwerty keyboard with all the letters of the english alphabet, a spacebar, and nothing else.
gadgets  computing 
june 2018 by terry
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution: Part 1 - Wait But Why
The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading. It hit me pretty quickly that what’s happening in the world of AI is not just an important topic, but by far THE most important topic for our future. So I wanted to learn as much as I could about it, and once I did that, I wanted to make sure I wrote a post that really explained this whole situation and why it matters so much.
ai  computing 
june 2018 by terry
Why Blockchain is hard
Blockchain is used way too much as a buzzword to sell a lot of useless snake oil. The faster we get rid of the hype, the better off long-term we’ll all be.
bitcoin  computing 
may 2018 by terry
Floppy disk coasters
It's been a long time since I used a floppy disk as a coaster, and I'm not sure I could find one now if I needed to. There's something unsettling, though, about these silicone floppy discs [Amazon] intended for use as coasters: they're convincing at a distance, are otherwise just little slabs of silicone, but are more expensive than the complex mechanical media whose superficial appearance they crudely imitate.

Anyway, I ordered a set of 4.
computing  humour 
may 2018 by terry
Fluid dynamics: how a wall of lava lamps helps encrypt 10% of the internet
And these top-secret cryptographic devices are not hidden behind lock and key, but publicly on view. In fact, additional disturbances from human proximity can add more randomness to the equation. In the end, it’s a surprisingly low-tech solution, but it mixes things up and ultimately does the job.
internet  security  cryptography  technology  computing 
january 2018 by terry
Umberto Eco: "How to Travel with a Salmon"
I tried to explain, but the clerk, with a betel-blackened smile, assured me that this was what the computer said. I asked for a lawyer, and they brought me an avocado. Now my publisher is furious and thinks I’m a chronic freeloader. The salmon is inedible. My children insist I cut down on my drinking.
books  umbertoeco  humour  computing 
november 2017 by terry
Now in HD: the Earth’s turbulent core
Taking a deep dive into our planet’s turbulent core 3000 kilometers below surface level, geophysicists have emerged with high-definition 3D simulations showing the hidden mechanisms that govern the Earth’s magnetic field.
science  computing  visualisation 
july 2017 by terry
The beeping, gargling history of gaming’s most iconic sounds
The bouncy beeps of Pac-Man. The percussive build-up in Legend of Zelda. The effusive gibberish of The Sims. The sounds in videogames tell us to speed up, start over, and of course, to keep playing. But how does one set of beeps so effectively tell you you've gained power, while another indicates your character has died? And how, exactly, does someone create the sound of the Dark Knight punching the Joker in the face? The answer: Genius sound design.
videogames  computing  music  sounds  history 
june 2017 by terry
Software Library: Macintosh : Internet Archive
A collection of emulated software for the early Macintosh computer, created by Apple as the successor to the Apple II series. Simple, powerful and a new path in computing, the Macintosh's graphics-based operating system changed the face of computing permanently.
apple  computing  history  mac  technology 
june 2017 by terry
Early Macintosh emulation comes to the Archive
After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of home computing in 1984.
apple  computing  history  mac  technology 
june 2017 by terry
What it's like to use an original Macintosh in 2017
But this observation, made back in 1982 about machines that were quite different from the ones we use today, also got me thinking about how technology collides with people’s perceptions of time as we look back at it years later. Once-miraculous systems seem impossibly slow. They make contemporary software—and the hardware like smartphones running that software—seem newly extraordinary. Watching a 35-year-old program do what it was designed to do is also an implicit reminder that the best tools we have today will, before too long, seem absurd in their limitations.
history  mac  apple  computing  technology 
june 2017 by terry
Mossberg: The disappearing computer
Some of you who’ve gotten this far are already recoiling at the idea of ambient computing. You’re focused on the prospects for invasion of privacy, for monetizing even more of your life, for government snooping and for even worse hacking than exists today. If the FBI can threaten a huge company like Apple over an iPhone passcode, what are your odds of protecting your future tech-dependent environment from government intrusion? If British hospitals have to shut down due to a ransomware attack, can online crooks lock you out of your house, office or car?
technology  computing  iot  ai 
may 2017 by terry
Electric Sheep at the Internet Archive
Electric Sheep is a distributed computing project for animating and evolving fractal flames, which are in turn distributed to the networked computers, which display them as a screensaver.
computing  history  art  technology  libraries  archives 
may 2017 by terry
Japanese white collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence
Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent.
ai  computing  robots 
january 2017 by terry
How AI is revolutionising the role of the literary critic
Such ‘computational folkloristics’ raise a big question: what can algorithms tell us about the stories we love to read? Any proposed answer seems to point to as many uncertainties as it resolves, especially as AI technologies grow in power. Can literature really be sliced up into computable bits of ‘information’, or is there something about the experience of reading that is irreducible? Could AI enhance literary interpretation, or will it alter the field of literary criticism beyond recognition? And could algorithms ever derive meaning from books in the way humans do, or even produce literature themselves?
ai  literature  computing  books 
december 2016 by terry
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