Karen Landis, Killer Apps In The Gigabit Age
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Karen Landis, Killer Apps In The Gigabit Age
New report: The age of gigabit connectivity is dawning. How will it change our lives and societies? Experts weigh in.
Physical telepresence: shape capture and display for embodied, computer-mediated remote collaboration.
Using a combination of advanced dual cameras, radar sensors, and the latest blind-spot technology (Mercedes refers to the system as “Highway Pilot”), the Future Truck 2025 analyzes the road to get a sense of surrounding traffic and terrain. The “highway” part of that is critical; a driver is still required to get the truck onto the interstate and successfully merge into traffic.
"Until we discover matter to energy conversion, this might be the closest we can get.” - Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck
‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’ | TIMEBut when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing.
I think there are some general and important deeper issues around technical systems and their application we need take into account when applying technology to greater social systems like e g cities. Technological systems that solve problems by becoming more integrated by excluding and replacing humans makes the greater system more, closed, vulnerable and stupid, while technical systems that encourage and support human collaboration and ingenuity make the greater system more intelligent and adaptable. If we use technical systems to support systems in right way we can maintain the properties that makes systems like cities and ecosystems different from almost all other systems: the ability to adapt and internally rewire themselves from within. When we destroy that property by stupidly rationalizing by building integrated and excluding technical solutions we degrade them and make the inherently unscalable, inefficient and inadaptable. A situation which is extremely dangerous in the longer term.
From this standpoint the sharing economy is an important rewiring of our social systems to withstand the technification of society which the traditional IT-systems approach and the old capitalist logic is leading to.
It’s not a far-fetched idea that we could all be wearing cameras one day. How will we handle privacy then? A new study gives hope: Even your average college kid doesn’t want to be a glasshole.
A non-profit is offering a $15 million dollar prize to the private technology company that can develop a free, open-source scaleable software that children around the world can use to teach themselves reading and math.
4 Wearables That Give You Superpowers
This is the one I want the most, Snapchat IRL.
It’s a necklace that senses the IR light emitted by cameras during their autofocus sequence. And in response, it fires back a blinding counter-flash to protect your anonymity. No smartphone is even needed. It’s a completely standalone-ready device.
WHERE do we get this fastcodesign!?
With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones — and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone — mobile phones have become second-nature for most people.
What’s coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens, but through gestures in the space around the phone. Some smartphones are starting to incorporate 3-D gesture sensing based on cameras, for example, but cameras consume significant battery power and require a clear view of the user’s hands.
UW engineers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that could soon contribute to this growing field by letting users “train” their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone.
Ah, the internet. It lets us do so many things: from ordering pizza to browsing endless cat pictures and now… telepathy?
A study by a group of international scientists published in PLOS One found a brain could transmit a message to another brain through internet channels, and as if that weren’t enough — they did it across continents.
Md. college will let applicants submit two-minute shorts, without sending test scores or high school transcripts.
Fraunhofer IIS presents world’s first emotion detection app on Google Glass
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS has adapted its SHORE™ real-time face detection and analysis software to work with Google Glass:
Fraunhofer IIS presents a real-time* face tracker on Google Glass that can read people’s emotions. At the same time it also estimates age and gender of persons in front of Glass’ camera. Privacy is important: everything happens inside Glass – no image leaves the device. Detection is anonymous – no facial recognition. The app is based on SHORE, Fraunhofer’s proprietary software library for real-time facial detection and analysis. Emotion analysis on wearable devices has endless applications. E.g. it can be used in aids for people suffering from ASD (autism spectrum disorders) or for visually impaired.
(* low frame rate shown in the video is due to a bottleneck in the technique used to mirror Glass’ display on a computer monitor.)
Since 2012, we have been gathering data on how US college students acquire course materials. Our annual survey of more than 1,000 students shows steady growth in the textbook-rental market. In our 2012 survey, 10 percent of all assigned textbooks were rented. Some 30 percent of textbooks were purchased new, and about 45 percent were bought used. (The remaining 15 percent includes basic e-book sales and books that were shared, borrowed, or pirated.) One year later, the proportion of rented textbooks had doubled to about 20 percent, compared with 30 percent bought new and 40 percent bought used. And in our 2014 survey, the rental share was 25 percent, compared with 30 percent for new and 35 percent for used (Exhibit 1, above).