Posted by cadsmith on December 26, 2010
Mechanical Turk provides pool of internet beta testers. Mass High Tech has feed on startups. Google converts wave to shared spaces. Electronic authentication built into banknotes. Smart grid gets smarter. Hydrogen and oxygen produced using solar energy. Bruce Sterling discusses Wikileaks. Surveillance on police. New Year’s security trends. Software requests made by sysadmins. EditPad has online text editor. Delicious does semantic analysis. Groupon trains journalists. Local gifts shown on eBay. Wall St. computers trade on news. Numenta AI apps discussed. Pen provides biofeedback. Developer makes prosthetic tentacle. Gostai Jazz telebot. Eclipse Phase has posthuman game. New ScienceFiction.com site. New Zealand put UFO data online. The Last of the Humans 2010 second edition technothriller about the rise and fall of machine-controlled civilization on Earth was revised and expanded to eight chapters on Amazon and Scribd. Twenty-three links added. (Photo: Boeing X-45 )
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Posted by cadsmith on November 28, 2010
The internet-of-things will use a mobile embedded SIM chip. Notebook apps include Simplenote, Org-Mode and alternatives. Aviary added an HTML5 Photo Editor. Formstack eases editing. Mastermind allows hands-free game play. Search considers serendipity. Feds aim for cloud option. Trusted Secure Computing is presented in Europe. API usage is clarified. Kaggle aggregates datamining competitors. Data Compression is based on a card trick.
The health industry expects more networks, bots, ad artifacts. Biotech reviews ramifications of ID implants. A mobile camera drone has bird’s eye view. Bots rescue the battle-ridden. Communities reevaluate economics. Futurist Bill Gates discusses progress. Nanoparticles have environmental impact. Journalism uses more social media. Philosophy uses field experiments. AI attends to when computers will take over and Numenta hierarchical temporal memory. Human Enhancement: Bioliberation shown on video.
There were about twenty-eight recent links.
Data Analysis with Open Source Tools, Philipp K. Janert, 2010
This book discusses how to make models and mine data. The author provides caveats that that appearances often override data, decision makers use data for support rather than reasoning, ethics outweigh data, and many things cannot be measured yet. Realtime means right this minute rather than up to date. Data is cleaned prior to analysis. There are a couple of dozen software tools discussed. It uses math examples rather than code, for data analysis and calculus, and has a statistics refresher. There are interesting styles of plots. Some case studies are detailed. Each chapter has workshop exercises, an intermezzo for related topics, and further reading. There are four parts, eighteen chapters and three appendices. The reader interested in data filtering might need additional sources beyond the time series presented here.
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris, 2010
This book proposes that science can address moral absolutes. If right and good relate to human and animal wll-being, then there are answers. The title is an analogy to a texture that has peaks for well-being and depths for suffering. Mental experience and values can be measured. Facts of the world can be assembled into knowledge. There can then be rational argument that results in the highest amount of well-being. This is an interesting discussion also presented in video lectures. There are five chapters which also include belief, religion and the future of happiness. There is heavy emphasis on topics related to brain science and structures and neuroimaging. The author likens the method to medicine or economics yet, while these are considered sciences, they are subject to significant errors, so there is also a need to understand how to improve the practice of the principles. The reader may also wonder if the brain will be the best processor for these types of decisions. The Monty Hall problem is discussed as a demonstration of the wisdom of switching, but this seems to be neutralized if contestants are split half on one side and half on the other so both would be better off switching.
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Posted by cadsmith on November 14, 2010
The internet remains a magnet for progress as it offers automated sports analysis, contextual intelligence, faster 32nm processor, datamining source code, a database of things, a social browser, social books, and a spaceship sim. Robotics is used as a home guard and actress. Sustainability makes a grand challenge. Comp sci invites philosophy. There are A/R glasses, hybrid Eurocopter, and floating city.
Good ideas are likely those that connect to eachother. Upon investigation of many events, myths had to be debunked. The author defines seven patterns of innovation and how they relate, including the Adjacent Possible, Liquid Networks, The Slow Hunch, Serendipity, Error, Exaptation, Platforms. A four quadrant diagram is used to classify breakthroughs as market, non-market, individual, or network. An appendix lists the major innovations of the previous six centuries.
Recent links (of about twenty-four):
FORA.tv – Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From
YouTube – Authors@Google: John C. Médaille
YouTube – The Neuropsychology of Self Control – and its Implications for AI [UKH+] (1/8)
YouTube – Eric Berlow: How complexity leads to simplicity
YouTube – Authors@Google: Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers on Collaborative Consumption
YouTube – Taking movies beyond Avatar – for under £100
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Posted by cadsmith on February 22, 2008
“Game Testing All in One”, Schultz & others, 2005, 511pp describes how software testing techniques can be applied to games. After a humorous introduction orients the reader to the differences between gamer and tester approaches (e.g. rules 1 & 2 taken from Hitchhiker’s Guide, & X-Files or Ice-Nine, respectively), the authors reveal their knowledge of some popular titles as well as methods for improving the user’s experience. Book chapters have exercises answered in appendices. The contents demonstrate how to dissect a game for testing, and drive the software and hardware components in both well-defined and ad-hoc fashions. Testers get to know the games inside out and often spend weeks working through the various phases until release. Beta, online and multiplayer testing are also covered. Automation tools are used (since the game AI usually isn’t responsible for the testing part, too). Document, form and test flow diagram templates are detailed in an appendix. There are links to some commercial and public-domain tools to support the effort, e.g. documentation in a wiki.
Testing of mobile devices is covered in a recent webcast. Equipment costs can be lowered using combined analyzer and generator components local to a test station or connected using web-enabled LXI and IEEE 1588 timing.
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