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 23, 2011
Mobile is hot as Google’s priority this year, app market of 25B in several years, Bubbly has voice tweets, and PLX XWave is a brain monitor. Tablets replace Wintel. Travel includes an all-automated hotel. Vending machines recognize faces. Philosophy promotes testing. Accessibility can be validated using A-Prompt and Cynthia Says. TestFlight can be used for IOS betas. Security has warnings about attack toolkits, non-Windows systems, printers, resumes, and smartphone seizure, though it may have over-hyped cyberwar. Remote guide dogs announced. Robotics features a comedian and window cleaner. DIY gets alerts from physical mailbox. Internet TV offered by Roku. 3D digitization is exploited for medical visualization. FEMA is looking to adapt to social media. Touch Press displays data dynamically in books. Qwiki searches for information experiences. Firefox 4 released in beta. There were 37 recent links.
Design Driven Testing: Test Smarter, Not Harder, Stephens and Rosenberg, 2010
DDT goals are to fulfill requirements, validate design and verify code. The tests are derived and refactored from the code. This is contrasted to test driven-design. The authors have implemented a process using UML dubbed ICONIX. A conceptual design is positioned midway between the use cases and detailed design. Ten-step lists are each outlined for TDD, DDT, unit, controller, scenarios, requirements, antipatterns, design, integration and algorithm testing. Sequence diagrams are shown throughout. Mock objects and services are used, and unit tests included in builds. There is some discussion of automation, but metrics are not detailed. The style of the book uses allegorical narratives based on satires of alice in wonderland and the temple of doom. This includes some poetry. There are twelve chapters and an appendix from original presentation on subject of use cases. Tips interspersed in the text, as well as inline notes or footnotes that link to other sources. Code samples demonstrate the techniques for a mobile Palm Pilot mapplet to do travel GIS hotel search for a web site.
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Posted by cadsmith on December 12, 2010
MakerBot has a 3D printer. Holograms are used for animation. Samsung offers 3D memory modules. Archaeology model shows an underground village. ChromeDeck is a browser app for Twitter. InteraXon mentally commands computers. New tool for scientific visualization. Drone navigates flight using terrain. Video of robotic strawberry picker. There is a contest for Cosmological Lensing analysis. Crowdsortium catalogs best practices. List of good data blogs. Google adds an eBookstore. OpenLeaks is new clearinghouse for curated secrets. There is a call for US technology investment by China. Shift has beta fashion site. Bacteria are used for computer circuits. Plants exhibit swarm intelligence. Collisions are expected between spacecraft and junk. Twenty-one recent links added.
Integrating Usability Engineering for Designing the Web Experience: Methodologies and Principles, Spiliotopoulos and others, 2010
This book includes website usability cases, practices and theory. Quality factors are accessibility and user interfaces. Methods use development steps, questionnaires, scenarios, inspections and testing. Examples are shown for 3D apps, ecommerce, learning management systems, and marketing. Utilities are discussed such as literacy tools, screen-readers for blindness, and captions for deafness. It lists some of the regulatory guidelines. There are three parts for eighteen sections.
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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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