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Instrument Fiero

Posted by cadsmith on March 7, 2011


A/B testing supported by Optimizely and SumoOptimize. Firefox 4 Beta announced. RStudio is an IDE for R.

Intendix produces brain computer speller. Mogwee app is for mobile social group chat. Battery made from aerogel. Geotrio posts video tours. Senate maps wireless spectrum.

Security avatar questions travellers. Geminoid is a realistic android. Robotics react to human emotions and play basketball. There were twenty recent links.

Book Reviews:

Reality is Broken: why games make us better and how they can change the world, McGonigal, 2011. Video

The author looks at trends in collaboration and augmented reality. Games provide a satisfying and social way to accomplish tasks and improve skills using positive emotional activation. They show how to tackle unnecessary obstacles. One of the goals is to develop massively multiplayer foresight. This is expected to be a 68 billion dollar industry in 2012. Ten instances of global epic scale efforts are detailed for health, climate, peace, and economics. There are three parts for fourteen chapters. Book site.

The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, Morozov, 2011. Video

The internet, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, are used to promote democracy and activism, but are also a means of surveillance, censorship and propaganda by authoritarian governments. Cases are shown in China, Iran, and Russia. There are eleven chapters.

Climatopolis, Kahn, 2010

Sixty percent of the population will be urban by 2030. Carbon dioxide will cause air temperatures to rise. The author is an economist and optimistically expects a successful capitalist response from many innovations. There are several lessons. Each city will respond differently. There will be migration, rebuilding and booms in the aftermaths. Government activism increases risk-taking, taxes go up and corruption degrades quality. Climate models vary on predictions of rates and amounts of sea level rise which will impact coastlines. The scenarios for NYC, LA and China are looked at in depth. There are nine chapters. Also see synopses here and here.

Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of computer Science: Concepts and Principles, Vallverdú, 2010

The papers show summaries of multiple opinions on research topics such as information, biological computing, quantum mechanics, robotics, and security.

There are five sections for twenty-two chapters by thirty-two contributors in addition to the editor. Also on Safari.


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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.

Book Reviews:

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 August 30, 2010


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


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


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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Last Resort

Posted by cadsmith on August 10, 2010


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


Fluther: Tap the Collective

architecture: International Architecture Database


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


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


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


Collaborative Analysis of Competing Hypotheses, available soon under GPL


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


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

reading: The Monkey Cage: Social Highlighting


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


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


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


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.


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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New Role Net

Posted by cadsmith on April 2, 2010


As users assemble goal-directed means to acquire answers, reviews, skills and experts, they explore new tools and interfaces beyond the jurisdiction of the administrative status quo. A transform of these activities can show the likelihood that a prospective model will endure based on advantages, availability, usability, quality, and cost savings, for example. Some will be customizable. Recognition and reputation systems may eventually be built-in.  Recent bookmarks for testing context can be highlighted. Test-driven development (TDD) is applied to embedded systems and opensource testopia to management. Labmeeting networks results. Wolframalpha simplifies pocket math. Cacoo supports social diagrams. Skipfish evaluates security. Ruby for rails lists best practices. Ncomputing embeds cloud desktop. Stickybits augments physical tags and RFIDs can be printed. Heads up devices include Emotiv, Cyberglove, Sensics, Looktel and thought to text. Freelancer and Cloudcrowd hawk their wheres.

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency and Participation in Practice, edited by Lathrop and Ruma, 2010. If the truth be known, governments have found scaling to be very difficult. The theme is actually about risk. By definition, the results cannot long follow a set gameplan. Scope and speed are significant. The 34 articles and more authors are stimulating. It is hard to define open administration. Add potential results such as infinite congress, powerless proxies, or resistance to notion of evolution. Web2.0 may not be sufficient to inform the architecture or its defenses, if not creating more bureaucratic network branches for the usual government departments. Case studies are discussed, many in terms of web sites. This is a challenge to model verifiably since it may be more complex than the internet, eg for effect on democracy. Can wonder how much of a role each of several dozen forms of government may have, how tolerant they are, or who will be the people to take equivalent positions and present dire warnings, perhaps including an uberclass of network lobbyists. If party colors are used, the center of change becomes where the palette is most varying. Unexpected effects can be further outlined, such as a balance of power online opposite to realword due to generational shift. Terms differ, eg absentee may be obsolete. Acronyms seem longer at 5 characters or more. There are differences between opensource, crowdsource and open data. Questions remain as to how open other functions must be. New methods of preparing people are necessary. A lot of popular buzzwords show up, eg sustainable participative efficient realtime transparent collaborative interoperable accountable webservice marketplace. Yet another killer app is expected to succeed government internet web search. Secrecy and privacy need to adapt. The signal event that (in)validates this approach needs to be defined with respect to finance, legislation and security for citizenry, business, and environment. Also need to see how intelligently it handles local politics, partisanship, global policy, propaganda, big corporate contributions, marketing manipulation, fundamentalism, costs or censorship. Reading the interactive news may become interesting when that itself changes system conditions

The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, Thomas H. Greco Jr., 2009. The author seeks to promote democracy and the egalitarian decentralization of elitist power through networks of local control which complement global usefulness. A sustainable exchange replaces money. This outweighs the political contest between capitalism and socialism, leads more toward cooperation than competition, and improves the standard of living and quality of life. He is influenced by writings of E. C. Riegel. His anecdotal style is meant to be understood by readers and the historical details and quotes are consistently embellished by philosophical and ethical considerations. There are twenty chapters, an epilogue, and two appendices.
He predicts web-based personal and commercial trading units comprised of marketplace, social network, payments via direct credit clearing, and an objective measure of value like a composite commodity standard. This would combine the convenience of Paypal and the credit of Visa. (If one substitutes the internet for web, then networks also include things like mobile phones, media players, or tablet devices.) Communities can then map their territories and buy local over imports, allow mutual credit clearing for payment, establish currency from “trusted issuers”, localize, and normalize an accounting unit. Prosper.com is an example of peer-to-peer lending.
History of finance is reviewed. Government is a dispenser of privilege and banking holds the strings. The “great monetary transformation” was from commodity to credit. Wars have been supported by central banking since the creation of the Bank of England which enabled credit and victory over Napoleon in 1815. The development of American government and banking is dramatically rendered, eg Andrew Jackson’s veto of Nicholas Biddle’s Second Bank of the US. The Federal Reserve emerged in 1913. Central banking is now internationally rooted in a new world order which outranks national sovereignty. Growth has been based on exponentially rising debt from private and government spending which created the crises that are becoming more frequent, e.g. inflation or the recent subprime mortgage default

The Caryatids, Bruce Sterling, 2009. In 2065, between an orbital sanctum and future space habitats, classical planet-based civilization is supported, as the title suggests, by the figuresque architectural columns of outlaw engineer clones of a Balkan war criminal, an Aryan Atlas-like brother and four sisters. They have risen to leadership of the major world domains. Amid the Acquis ln Mljet island, everyware, a senseweb of social software, monitors the brains and attentions of exoskeleton-equipped communal laborers and sensors. Earthquakes in LA arouse the Dispensation’s mil-entertainment complex global net’s’ autonomous emergency crews, while users view celebrities like paparazzi through homemade cams and plan the Next Web. Like a dragon, the Great Wall eyes Jiuquan, the city around China’s space center as military plot official immortality, while the political department extends to the far reaches.
Fashioned as a triptych, the novel balances coincidences along three generations, three competing political parties, and the lives of the clones in three different parts. A Synchronist philosophy combines Extinction 6.0, the climate crisis, and an “event heap” of a supervolcano and unstable sun in a decaying universe. The reader follows the expressions, gestures and emotions of the participants while, like an epic symphonist scratching for survival, the author paints a future composed of Beethoven on the bulldozer; a Mongolian Mozart and a touch of thrash metal. Contrasts are juxtaposed including mines and graves, politically agnostic religion, transparency and vanishing. He refers obliquely to writings of Austen, Poe, Lovecraft, and Stevenson.
Sound and color infuse the stories of the industrial Vera, theatrical Radmila, heroine of the state Red Sonja, Biserka’s incarnation of the goddess Artemis, and the sensitive executive George.

Wireless, Charles Stross, 2009 The author really enjoys writing short stories according to his intro. Meant for the hard scifi genre, the subjects cover a full range of themes including aliens, space opera, time travel, robotics, internet, secret weapons, and singularity, with an added devil’s bargain. Most of the entries have an afterword for the reasons that they were penned. His writing influences for these were H. P. Lovecraft, P. G. Wodehouse’s humor, Gardner Dozois’ commission on the theme of a million A.D., and co-blogger Cory Doctorow. Bob Howard appears from The Laundry spy series. Carl Sagan and Yuri Gagarin populate alternate Soviet history. The author expects the reader to have read some of the works online, though his site does not accept payments which he requests be made to the publishers who do the promoting. Three of the nine titles can be read in entirety at http://www.antipope.org/charlie, Unwirer, A Colder War and Down on the Farm. All of the selections were previously published between 1998-2008 except the novella Palimpsest. Missile Gap won a Locus in 2006. That year also saw a Hugo for The Concrete Jungle and another Locus for Accelerando, both not in this volume, but available on the website.

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