Posted by cadsmith on February 28, 2011
Intel has BIOS implementation test suite. YouEye performs eye-tracking during tests. Aspiritech testers apply Asperger’s. Microsoft uses controlled experiments for business. Landing page tests listed.
Interactive Fabrication does realtime 3D. Hololabs has a 3D augmented reality editor. NMQ has 3D radar mosaic.
Robot subs used for longer term periods. Demolition robot slices concrete. Self-aware robot models body, thoughts and theory of mind. Stochastic robots put themselves together and take others apart. Cheetah-Bot made for pursuit. Robot marathon completed. Segway solowheel is self-balancing. Snakebot reaches heart.
Atomic antennae do quantum transmission on chip. Organic microprocessor announced. Phononic produces advanced thermoelectric devices. Millimeter-scale computer chips are prototyped.
OpenMesh provides internet-less routing. Brain-computer interface does multi-tasking. Swype eases mobile text input. OnSwipe self-publishes for tablets. HelloFax does transmits online. Batteries do self-repair. Solar caps put on landfills.
CapLinked has private investing platform. Seismic Warning Systems alert before earthquakes. Disaster relief model handles chaos. Video monitor automatically detects life jackets.
The End of Discovery, Russell Stannard, 2010
This book is about philosophy of science. The argument is that basic science has found things that are fundamentally unknowable. The description of the state-of-the-art is accompanied by questions that show the current limits. The nature of consciousness and free will is brought up initially. Others deal with what things are, their causes, proof, measurement, observations, past occurrences, and how to select between theories. Figures are used to understandably illustrate complex propositions and a few equations. There are thirteen chapters.
The End of the Long Summer, Dianne Dumanoski, 2009
This is a lyrical treatment of many environmental ideas. The basic thesis is that a future based on climate change and global warming cannot be avoided. The ozone hole was a demonstration of industrial civilization’s side-effects and the fact that nature is unpredictable. Humans have learned to dance to the music, however business cannot proceed as usual. Shift is volatile and rapid. The destiny is not set since there are choices. Technofix is a temptation, for example geoengineering, but the proper values include life, resiliency, diversity and survivability in contrast to survivalism. There can be overconnectedness as in hypercoherence. Humanities’ place is on Earth. Conservationists hope that people will be able to still enjoy animals several millennia from now. The best statement may be Carson’s Silent Spring. This is a Massachusetts author. There are nine chapters.
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Posted by cadsmith on January 30, 2011
Data deluge includes new terms. State unites in Sputnik Moment prioritizing tech innovation. All-Seeing Eye test results in contention. Egyptian election revolt disconnects media excepting network surveillance. Cyber police activated in Iran. Facebook handles hacks from Tunisia. Bluetooth is useful to insurgents. Mobile phones are to be tested in space. Android 3.0 SDK announced. Digital docs use steganography. Universal memory seeks to replace flash and DRAM. Alternative energy may take about three more decades. Robot hands become more robust. Cloud bots get smarter. Visual microscopy automated. Autom supports weight reduction. There were twenty recent links.
The Next Decade, George Friedman, 2010
This book looks at the near future of US foreign relations in terms of a realignment of the balance of power through actions of the President as Commander-in-Chief. There are two themes, the unintended empire, and whether it can be managed to allow the republic to survive. The US global military supports economic policy. Its President is always engaged in the art of war. This will move beyond recent fear of rising oil prices and Jihadist war and establish surrogates in each region. While democracy, human rights and social progress are still important, strategy becomes more of a concern than ideology. The issues are economic, geopolitical, demographic and technological. There is an aging population, contracting workforce, and lack of water. The state, in the form of the DoD, is more powerful than the market for long-term investment. On the American contents, Cuba is likely to be a target of influence, Latin America will include Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. The latter’s violence and corruption will be resisted at the border and cartels are expected to be in control there, while US hypocrisy will scapegoat members of its government staff during investigations. Canada is stable. In Asia, Korea, Australia and Singapore balance Chinese splintering and Japanese assertiveness. India surges economically, but is not a threat to China, and is balanced by Pakistan to keep its expenditures on Army and Air. In Europe, Brits’ interests are closer to US, and Poland is important to containment since Germany dominates economically, backed by France allied with Russian military which seeks to balance US with radical Islam. Denmark blocks Baltic sea exits. NATO is irrelevant. In the Middle East, US withdraws from Iraq, distances from Israel, and has detente with Iran. Sunni Turkey eventually rises and is important to Russian containment in Balkans and Caucasus. There are fourteen chapters.
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Posted by cadsmith on January 16, 2011
Automated testing improves usability. Ten ways good and bad hackers operate. PQ Labs SDK can handle 32-finger touchscreen. Stack Exchange has an answers community. Newsle filters friends in the news. DIY combines real and animated video. PixelOptics automatically focuses eyewear. Drones used for construction. Scooba robotic washer updated. Growbots learn on their own. New consumer bots shown at CES 2011. Vanishing commons and means of dissent point to global elite. Wall Street has its own code. Political implications of networking hint at Machiavelli 2.0. JFK Library now digital. Mass. Workforce Training has grants. Globalization may be superceded by the Walled Wide Web. Universal Electronic Card implemented in Russia. Bulgarian cybercrime expert missing. Tunisian cyberattacks linked to government. Superstreet routing has smoother, safer traffic. Snowmobiles are fitted for all-weather racing. Fruit Flies do computation. 34,000-Year-Old Organism found alive. There were 25 recent links.
Fundamentals of Information Systems Security, Kim and Solomon, 2010
Chapter 7 has testing recommendations. The goal is mitigation of risks due to threats and vulnerabilities. Security testing paths include reconnaissance, network mapping, and testing of vulnerability and penetration. Scans show vulnerable services that require a patch. Configuration hardening turns off unnecessary services. Covert testers act like hostiles. Intrusion detection systems may be network or host-based. A Security Information and Event Management system organizes log files. Benchmarks include ISO 27002, NIST SP 800, ITIL, COBIT, COSO. The Disaster Recovery Plan can be tested using checklist, structured walkthrough, simulation, parallel or full-interruption. A security gap analysis compares what the system has and what it needs. The book has 3 parts, 15 chapters having quizzes, and 4 appendices. There is a comprehensive glossary of key terms, and a list of references. The rest of the book has preparation for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner.
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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 September 4, 2010
The border between environment and society is blurring. Natural scarcity may not be reflected in prices because of temporary subsidies, but economics is adjusting to new equations based on population, climate and urbanization. Science is directed to reveal all of the parameters and relationships. Development looks at reuse and hazard reduction. Biotech has a global market base. Computation puts the expanding data into perspective. Technological determinism adds network archaeology. Society learns how to respond constructively to challenging events.
Recent links (about 30):
academic Welcome | MIT150 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology 150th anniversary
biotech The BioBricks Foundation
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing, Evan Marshall, 2001
Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Albert Zuckerman, 1994
Dynamic Characters, Nancy Kress, 1998
climate Climate Change: A Software Grand Challenge | Serendipity
computer Dr Dobbs – IBM Claims World’s Fastest Microprocessor
disaster World Natural Hazards Website | Natural Disaster Management | Disaster Agency Hawaii – PDC
Technology Review: Robotic Storm Tracker Gets a Big Test with Earl
Weather conditions tie fires in Russia to floods in Pakistan | Environment & Development | Deutsche Welle | 01.09.2010
The Deepening Crisis: Scientific American
Hurricane Earl Weakens to Category 3 Storm – WSJ.com
Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster, Keith Smith, 2004
YouTube – Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development
mathematics Impossible Soccer Kick Leads to New Physics Equation | Playbook
mobile Mobile App Helps Emergency Crews Assess Damage During Disasters
network Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: The New Science of Network Archaeology
Moving Tales – Bringing Stories to Life on your iPad
IEEE Spectrum: NASA Ready to Send Humanoid Robot to Space
Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors’ blog: Robots Take Out the Trash
science ScienceDirect – Home
semantic The Semantic Puzzle | Why SKOS thesauri matter – the next generation of semantic technologies
sports IBM at the US Open – Analyzing Every Volley, Serve and Overhead Smash – ReadWriteCloud
statistics The Big Data Explosion and the Demand for the Statistical Tools to Analyze It – ReadWriteCloud
telepresence IEEE Spectrum: Telepresence: A Manifesto
How Can Los Angeles Adapt to Coming Climate Change?: Scientific American
Augmented Reality Coming to DC Bus Stops Today (Photo)
video New Microscope Enables Real-Time 3-D Movies of Developing Embryos [Slide Show]: Scientific American
Biology Is Technology, Robert H. Carlson, 2010
This is a study of the economics of biology. It reviews the trajectory of technology, biotech, genetic engineering and industrial projections. Gene-sequencing already has international sites and a critical mass is evolving for a growth in synthetic parts exchange. Opensource is creating a participative market. Current applications include biobricks, iGEM, biofuels, and instant vaccines among many others. The turning point is that the human has become a product which redefines the producers and consumers themselves and increases the complexity of behaviors. Limits on innovation concerning rights and patents are discussed. There are risks of runaway effects which need to be better understood and monitored where possible. The opening questions about what biology is, and what biological engineering will be, are ongoing. Readers interested in bioinformatics would need additional sources.
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Posted by cadsmith on August 9, 2009
IT might have a future where it can strategically edit a map of this century based on actual and projected conditions. Various types of networks interact to realize scenarios. Each continent has players. Population growth changes demographics. Ideally can preserve civilization commons such as health, rights, law and trade. Dependencies include at least energy, natural resources, transportation and communication. Disruptions to states lead to realignments in treaties and rivalries. Downing big guardians can result in various melees, so there may be attempts to order conflicts to preserve security, lower intensity and defuse escalation, though these still have to deal with surprise attacks and arms dealers. Issues of national security may be construed as threat to species whether from war (conventional, WMD, guerrilla, cyber, nano), climate warming, pandemics or natural disasters. New powers may emerge, e.g. Turkey, Poland, Mexico and Brazil. Politics range across democratic, socialist, communist, religious, martial and possibly growing sympathy among distributed small groups. Complex human emotions often seem two-sided, e.g. fear/greed, mortality/sex, or group-power/free-will. Simultaneously, science offers prospects of augmented physiology, cloning, smarter machines, robotics, and conquering space. Waiting on reality transport protocol.
Topics of interest include network support by Allen 2009, software test by Davis 2009, survival fiction by Forstchen 2009, hardware design verification by Fujita 2007 and Martin 2007, and hardware testability by Wang 2006.
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