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Impervious

Posted by cadsmith on August 30, 2010

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Sustainability issues grow as large urban centers add a million people, or or up to about 5%, per year. Social responses to acts of nature need to be tempered in order to prevent environmental disasters. Demand increases for tech solutions. Automation extends to robotics and space.

Recent links (about 23):

ai “The Age of Assistants”: The View From Inside SRI

augmented-reality “What Mountain is That?” New App Takes AR Outside the City Limits

disaster

Database | EM-DAT

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

Death to Humans! Visions of the Apocalypse in Movies and Literature: Scientific American

email HOW TO: Undo “Send” in Gmail

emotion EmoRate

events Online Event Registration – Sell Tickets Online with Eventbrite

robotics IEEE Spectrum: Cyborg Fly Pilots Robot Through Obstacle Course

security David Ignatius – Pentagon’s cybersecurity plans have a Cold War chill

smartgrid IEEE Spectrum: $25 Billion European Smart Grid Market by 2020

space BBC News – Alien hunters ‘should look for artificial intelligence’

ui Make: Online : Multitouch robot swarm controller

urban

World’s Fastest-Growing Megalopolis Hides in Fog | Raw File

Reinventing the City to Combat Climate Change

visualization David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com

Book reviews:

Urban Risk Reduction: An Asian Perspective, Shaw et al, 2009

Urbanization is outpacing general population growth in Asia. Case studies are described for localities and types of environmental disaster. Urban issues range from household, community, city, region, to nation. Lifestyles create hazards which induce, or worsen natural, events. The culture can be built on safety and resilience. Action planning may require assistance of specialized agencies. Pilot cities demonstrate projects such as local resource organization, citizen empowerment, and smaller units and chain of command. Lessons are learned from disaster recovery. A management information system was useful in at least one case. The decision-making pyramid includes global, national, city, building, and individual. Environmental issues include air and water pollution, waste and sewage, noise, land use, drainage and transport congestion, slums, flood and other common issues such as disease, fire, or crime. Strategies are sensitive to survival, peace, innovation from tradition, and sustainability. The disaster management cycle has its own information and communication issues in each phase, non, before, during and after. Risk reduction involves knowledge, perception, deepening, preparedness and dissemination. Surveys measure public awareness. Frameworks are provided by Millennium Development Goal, Hyogo Framework for Action, and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. There are eighteen chapters, two parts, twenty-four authors.

Disaster Risk Management Systems Analysis: A Guide Book, Baas, 2008

This book has a toolset for the characterization and strengthening of DRM at the international, national, province/district/municipality, community and institution layers. A framework enumerates initiatives for each of the periods for disaster risk reduction, response, and recovery. Preparedness links both development, through mitigation and prevention, and humanitarian assistance, through relief and recovery. Another framework for sustainable livelihoods indicates which households are most vulnerable. There is a list of key questions for leaders. A form is shown to document the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across levels. There are six modules, two annexes and many figures, relational maps, and checklists. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the web.

Ecological Engineering: Principles and Practices, Patrick C. Kangas, 2004

Humans stress natural ecosystems through simplification of species and metabolic shifts. Research in emergent ecosystems includes agriculture, urban, and coastal or estuarine. Since prediction is limited, engineering epistemology requires building improvement based on design and test. Future directions include ecological nanotech, terraforming, biosensors, ecosensors, universal pollution treatment, and aquaculture. Technoecosystems maintain a balance between living and hardware systems. Since the laboratory includes the environment, the hacker code of ethics applies to ecological engineering. Treatment reduces costs of pollution. Ecological economics adds measures of emergy or embodied energy, natural capital, sustainability, carrying capacity and many types of ecosystem services to improve life-support value. Sold waste management discusses landfills, composting, and industrial ecology. The energy value of the waste is the same as that used to make the product. Wetlands are used for wastewater treatment by spiraling. An identical decay equation for decomposition evolved in parallel, linking design intuitions for both biodegradation in ecology and wastewater engineering. Restoration ecology connects to succession and is explained for salt marshes, artificial reefs, and educational exhibits. Microcosmology includes living models and replication issues. Soil bioengineering is shown for urban imperviousness, stormwater management bioretention and agricultural erosion control. This realm includes beavers, coastal vegetation and self-building machines. Biodiversity is increased by exotic species. The food web describes feeding interactions. The series of multiple states in catastrophe theory is used to explain invasion. Control theory ranges from machine analogies to biotech. Circuit symbols are used for ecosystem models. H T Odum coined a lot of the names of new ecosystems. Principles include energy signature, self-organization and preadaptation. There are nine chapters

Building Safer Cities: The Future of Disaster Risk, edited by Kreimer et al, 2003

Actual and new types of disasters are discussed, e.g. due to rapid urbanization or climate change. Impact and preparedness affect several geographic scales of security, environmental and human, including economics. politics, and society. There are several major worldviews. The main concerns are globalization, environment, social vulnerability, and protecting infrastructure. The various methods of balancing costs of risks include privatization, government taxation and globalization. Africa often suffers export losses, which leads to tens of thousands of youth mortalities, when other countries have disasters. Hazard reduction involves robust design, flexible and adaptable systems, reversal of vulnerability trends, and societal preparedness. Coastal zone classifications include protect, retreat and accommodate. Resilience measures how much disturbance can be absorbed, and the capability for self-reorganization. Regional analysis, management and action are required for flooding. Study approaches include scenarios and consequences. The fact that life support networks, e.g. utilities, affect eachother as external technological causes has not been taken into account traditionally. Critical infrastructure includes telecom, power, energy, storage, transportation, water, financial, emergency services, and government. Buildings can be retrofit using new tech for earthquakes risk. These were papers for a conference of international financial institutions. There are four parts, twenty chapters, twenty-six authors. They may develop literacy for the terminology. Most chapters have conclusions or recommendations. The web had PDFs and Google books has full content.

Counting Heads, David Marusek, 2005

This novel is a scifi cyberpunk mystery. There are three parts, forty-five chapters, and an epilogue. Chapters are numbered, e.g. up to 1.3 or 2.29. Part 3 adds days of the week to the titles up to Friday 3.13. It begins in first person for part 1 which was originally a short story. The year is 2092. There are a pair of main characters. Tech includes nanotech, clones, robotic insects, friendly AIs, wearable valet processors. holopresence conferences, and high velocity surface travel. HomCom is the initial antagonist. There is a realistic world. The rest of the parts are told in third person after forty years have passed. The point of view changes among several main characters. The antagonist may be an AI. A glossary would be appropriate. The title refers to heads for which the body can be replaced. A sequel was published, Mind Over Ship.

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Area Than Light

Posted by cadsmith on August 23, 2010

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The real world gets a game layer, iris scanning, risks, relief, aquabatics and solar sails.  See new AI, telepresence and climate control videos. Smartphones support sign language, and publishing does augmented reality. Economists seek new values amid a network of cities. Machine learning gets a prediction API. Semantic web and simulation get faster. Cyberpunk titles get reviewed.

Original scifi Streetseekers and mystery Casadrome added to previous Last of the Humans. Also from Amazon.

Recent links (about 23):

ai

YouTube – Eliezer Yudkowsky – The Challenge of Friendly AI (1/3)

YouTube – Peter Molyneux demos Milo, the virtual boy

augmented-reality Can Augmented Reality Help Save the Print Publishing Industry?

books Global Catastrophic Risks, edited by Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic, 2008

crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing Disaster Relief

economics America’s Lost Decade(s) – Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review

games YouTube – Seth Priebatsch: Building the game layer on top of the world

internet Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: The Fear-Based Psychology of the “Internet Kill Switch”

machinelearning Google Prediction API – Google Code

mobile Better Than FaceTime? Researchers Test New Mobile Technology for Deaf

nanotech YouTube – The Weather Machine: Nano-Enabled Climate Control for the Earth – 1

ocean Innespace

optical Technology Review: Blogs: Mims’s Bits: Using Einstein’s Relativity to Speed up Supercomputer Simulations 10,000%

satellite NASA – Sailing Among the Stars

scifi

Infoquake, David Lewis Edelman, 2006

Halting State, by Charles Stross, 2007

The Mirrored Heavens, David J. Williams, 2008

search The Future of Internet Search – Project Syndicate

security Iris Scanners Create the Most Secure City in the World. Welcome, Big Brother | Fast Company

semantic-web Dr Dobbs – Semantic Web Bottleneck

social-networks Flowr. Real-time Collaboration, knowledge exchange and smart information flow.

telepresence YouTube – John Delaney: Wiring an interactive ocean

urban Beyond City Limits – By Parag Khanna | Foreign Policy

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In Turn Troth

Posted by cadsmith on August 17, 2010

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The internet wants to be the answer. It has tied together all of the testimonials and provided search to find sources, and rankings to reveal the best. Women can review unbiased medical advice, and patients all of their records. It can reshape itself from smartphones if needed. Show sensors tell people what to hear. Robotics reports progress in batteries, walking, emotions and space travel. The brain is almost mapped. Beyond scifi, the imagination is also scenic, intriguing and mysterious.

Recent links (twenty-two):

answers

Sprouter
Swingly | It’s time you got some answers.

books The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer, Sandra Scofield, 2007

cloud

Exploring How to Build a Cloud With Smartphones – ReadWriteCloud
IBM’s Cloud Computing Coming to a Hospital Near You
4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance – ReadWriteCloud

cognitive Reverse-Engineering of Human Brain Likely by 2030, Expert Predicts | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

fiction Foreign Influence, Brad Thor, 2010

manufacturing Global Guerrillas: RESILIENT COMMUNITY: Forget Afghanistan, These are Needed in Detroit etc.

medical ChickRx: Expert Info on Sex, Fitness, Relationships, Dermatology, and Health

ranking

FindTheBest.com | Find. Compare. Decide.
The Best Top 10, Top 100 & More Lists: List Making is Easy at Ranker | Ranker – A World of Lists

rfid Sensors On Broadway: Live Performances Enhanced by RFID

robotics

Boston-Power heads to the moon – Boston Business Journal
A Robot Capable of Developing Bonds and Showing Emotions
IEEE Spectrum: Iran’s Humanoid Robot Surena 2 Walks, Stands on One Leg (Video)
Robot to escort on space shuttle mission: NASA – International Business Times

scifi

Kraken, China Mieville, 2010
Terminal World, Alastair Reynolds, 2010
The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, 2010

startup Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Montreal

writing How to Write a Damn Good Mystery, James N Frey, 2004

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Last Resort

Posted by cadsmith on August 10, 2010

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Society seems to be in the midst of another big shuffle. Part of it is seasonal, but there are major ideological shifts as previous institutions shed the characters that embodied them. Despite oft-repeated scripts, new contacts made online or in person are superficial and find it difficult to pierce the compartmentalization of previous history or biography quickly enough. Discontinuities in authority may occur. Risk mitigation strategies then need review. A tag or stereotype invites examination.

Recent links (about sixty): grouped using Bookmarks2LiveWriter which plugs into the windows live writer app and downloads delicious bookmarks for a date range, which can then be sorted by leading tag. Manually edited to skip newline for single entries.

agile: Tasktop Agile Planner

ajax: Dr Dobbs – Open Source Community Paves Way for Developers to Improve Internet Access for the Aging, Disabled

animation: the macula

answers

MathOverflow
Fluther: Tap the Collective

architecture: International Architecture Database

blog

Anthologize
Who’s in the Blogosphere? / Flowtown (@flowtown)

books

Defending the Undefendable, Walter Block, 2008
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark, 2006

business: rule.fm | let your work flow…

drawing: News: deviantART Muro: It’s Time to Draw!

ebooks: calibre – E-book management

education: Bill Gates: Forget university, the web is the future for education – Tech Products & Geek News | Geek.com

hardware: UCLA Professor Warns of Hardware Hackers – International Business Times

IT

IDS Readies Data Centers on Ships « Data Center Knowledge
A sneak preview of enterprise IT in 2020 – Computerworld Blogs

media: Renewed Interest in Financing Original Web Shows – NYTimes.com

mobile: Yes I am Precious

opensource

Par4All
Collaborative Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, available soon under GPL

optical

Young Engineer Uses Webcam, Laser to Build Budget 3-D Scanner | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
Technology Review: Computing at the Speed of Light
Medical Daily: Purple light means go, ultraviolet light means stop

phone: http://apps.facebook.com/vonage-talkfree/

photography: Computer Scientists Build Pedestrian Remover

publishing: B.V. Larson Official Author’s site

quantum

Scientists provide a new angle on quantum cryptography
Physicists develop model that pushes limits of quantum theory

reading: The Monkey Cage: Social Highlighting

robotics

IEEE Spectrum: Engineers Turn Robot Arm into Formula 1 Simulator
The University of Utah: Mechanical Engineering:
Remote controlled, multi-tasking climbing machine
Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: A Strange New Take on Telepresence

scifi

The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross, 2010
Mech, B. V. Larson, 2010
Containment, Cantrell, 2009
Living Digitally: Fiction by Christian Cantrell

security: Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images | Privacy Inc. – CNET News

singularity: Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence | AI

space: Sharpest Image Yet of Massive Galaxy Collision | Wired Science | Wired.com

storytelling: Storytelling Part 1: Change of Storytelling on Vimeo

technology: More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, Ramez Naam, 2005

test

6 Ways Eye Tracking Is Changing the Web
Injecting Errors for Fun and Profit – ACM Queue
Dr Dobbs – Time and Testing: The Biggest Developer Headaches

translation: Translation and undo smartquotes in documents – Official Google Docs Blog

ui: Dolphin uses iPad as way to communicate with humans – Boing Boing

use-case: Advanced Use Case Modeling: Software Systems, Armour and Miller, 2000

video

LoiLo inc
Light Reading – Service Provider IT – Verizon Tailors Video to Criminal Justice – Telecom News Analysis

wave: Official Google Blog: Update on Google Wave

web: Domain Names & Web Hosting : 1&1 Internet Inc.

writing

Poynter Online – Writing Tools
The Soulmen | We Got It! Ulysses 2.0
Welcome – Ommwriter
The Organized Writer
17 Fantastic Apps Made Especially for Writers | tripwire magazine

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