Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late ’60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001’s HAL or Star Trek’s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, “machines that behaved like people, even people gone mad, were all the rage back then.” He would tag along to his father’s job at the library, overwhelmed by the information, and daydream about “the sci-fi theme of a dying or threatened civilization that saves itself by finding a trove of knowledge.” What if you could collect all the world’s information in a single computer mind, one capable of intelligent thought, and be able to communicate in simple human language?
TEXT SIZE 2013-09-27 A new online magazine service and mobile app coming to Canada offers access to an ‘all-you-can-read’ offering similar to streaming movie subscriptions. Rogers Media has entered into an exclusive partnership with U.S. via Pocket
There’s something very odd about a world in which it’s easier to imagine a futuristic technology that doesn’t exist outside of lab tests than to envision expansion of a technology that’s in wide use around the world. How did we reach a state in America where highly speculative technologies, backed by private companies, are seen as a plausible future while routine, ordinary technologies backed by governments are seen as unrealistic and impossible?
Entertaining Talk from Eirik Solheim about Drones, 3D Printed Drones and Micro Quadcopters. Abstract from boingboing:
Joly sez, “Experts, activists, and makers from all over the world gathered last weekend for the first ever Drone and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) in NYC. One theme was miniaturization. Smaller UAVs are more agile, and less dangerous, although, as of now, they still suffer from the same FAA restrictions as their larger cousins. Another popular feature was FPV (First Person View) where flyers drive their drones via remote displays. One spectacular demo that combined both was from Eirik Solheim of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation who flew a 25 gram 3D printed $169 Micro Quadcopter out the stage’s backdoor and into the backstage passages of the venue, and back.
Computer vision R&D startup Obvious Engineering has released Seene, an iPhone app that aims to be a “3D Instagram” by using depth capture technology to let you create photos with a parallax effect. Keep Reading —>
From the introduction of the 2nd report of the Shift Index:
Exponential improvement in core digital technologies is fueling exponential innovation. The cost-performance of three core digital technology building blocks—computing power, storage, and bandwidth—has been improving at an exponential rate for many years. As the rate of improvement accelerates, we are experiencing rapid advances in the innovations built on top of these core “exponential” technologies. The current pace of technological advance is unprecedented in history and shows no signs of stabilizing as other historical technological innovations, such as electricity, eventually did.
In May 2013, another impact from disruption hit the automobile industry. The 100-year-old industry, born of another series of disruptions—the assembly line and electricity—faces change on an unprecedented scale. The disruptor: Tesla Motors. The impact: Tesla’s market value surpassing that of Fiat, Europe’s fourth-largest automaker.1 Tesla Motors, barely 10 years old and with only one model in full production, rode the wave of exponential technology improvement to become more valuable than a company dating back to the turn of the twentieth century with operations in 40 countries and a commercial presence in 140 countries.