Monday, June 30, 2014

Housing complex built in a day

Nice - they even kept all the trees in place!

Kudos to Winnipeg's Winkler Construction :)

Housing complex built in a day
Moose Jaw Times Herald

Those liv­ing on South Hill may have been shocked to see a fin­ished apart­ment build­ing in their neigh­bour­hood that wasn't there that morn­ing when they left for work.
Sun­flower Manor was put to­gether in a day, like Lego blocks, stacked on top of more...

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How to take back control from spies and their networks

Interesting - a precedent for redefining the notion of agency to include algorithms (much like corporations in the past).
But in fact this misconception – that algorithms are not “agents” in the way that humans are – runs through the surveillance debate like the legend in a stick of Blackpool rock.

Just over a year ago, after Edward Snowden’s revelations first hit the headlines, I participated in a debate at the Frontline Club with Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary who is now MP for Kensington and Chelsea and chairman of the... [article]  (The New Review, Sun, 29 Jun 2014, Page 19)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pie in the sky: Russian chain the first to offer pizza delivery by drone

How long must we wait?

Pie in the sky: Russian chain the first to offer pizza delivery by drone

The Phnom Penh Post

A RUSSIAN fast food chain claims to have taken a slice out of the competition by becoming the first to offer pizza delivery by drone.

Dodo Pizza in the northern Russian city of Syktyvkar posted a video online over the weekend showing the more...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Who's the Gatekeeper of News?

This just in

THERE was a time when journalists were the gatekeepers of news. According to lecturer/social media advocate and former journalist Niki Cheong, everyone is their own gatekeeper now.
“The way we receive news is based on an algorithm we create for... [article ] (Star2, Tue, 24 Jun 2014, Page 2)

Monday, June 23, 2014

On the cutting edge

Laurie Anderson, that brings back memories.


Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg collects cigarette butts, wads of chewed gum and strands of hair she finds in public places, analyzes the DNA and uses it to create sculptured faces that, she hopes, resemble the original owners.
If this creeps you out... [article] (The Dallas Morning News, Sun, 22 Jun 2014, Page 6E)

Friday, June 20, 2014

This app spots errors, identifies reliable news

So, we now have (A) software to generate the news articles AND (B) software to review the articles.

The next logical step could be to combine these so the software in (A) writes better articles...


Washington: A new fact-checking app can catch ‘glitches’ in online news and highlight the most reliable stories for you to read.

Trooclick is a browser plugin, developed by a team in Paris, that alerts you if an article you are reading contains... [article

(The Times of India (Mumbai edition), Tue, 17 Jun 2014, Page 11)

IBM’s Watson growing up

Always nice to catch up on Watson, even if it's just a media blip.

Intelligent Augmentation [IA] > Artificial Intelligence [AI] :) Nice one, Dr. Banavar.


At IBM’s laboratories, the researchers emphasize that their mission in developing “cognitive” computing technology is to build systems that can learn from and interact with people rather than try to replace them. Guruduth S. Banavar, Ph.D., director of... [article] (The Progress-Index, Fri, 20 Jun 2014, Page B8)



The Progress-Index
Jun 20 2014

Ever since the computer scientist John McCarthy coined the term artificial intelligence in 1955, the field has gone through cycles of boundless optimism and sobering disillusion. Yet until recently, the supercomputer was the go-to operator of more...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

‘Book lady’ wins Snicket prize

A New Orleans-based librarian known as “the book lady” has won the inaugural Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity. Laurence Copel will receive $3,000 in prize money for her dedication to the community. Her efforts include... article (The Day, Sun, 15 Jun 2014, Page E4).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rise of smart machines should mean a better life for all

Capitalism is a process of creative destruction, as the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter famously put it. Lumbering, seemingly unassailable corporate giants eventually wither, elbowed aside by fresher, hungrier startups, modern technologies disrupt... [article] (The New Zealand Herald, Thu, 12 Jun 2014, Page B17).

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Scholar hits on recipe to train robots

An endless video loop of cooking shows could hold the key to robots that can unstack a dishwasher and play Lego with the kids, a New Zealand student of robotics says.

Fulbright scholar Sam CorbettDavies has begun a PhD in artificial intelligence at... [article].

(The New Zealand Herald, Tue, 03 Jun 2014, Page A9)