Posts filed under “Technology”
The government’s use of drones is creating more terrorists (d’oh!) and destroying the privacy – and perhaps liberty – of Americans. Drones can be scary in their precision … and so small as to be rendered invisible. But drones are also being deployed for much more mundane purposes by common folks and creative entrepreneurs. Drones…Read More
The Irrelevance of Microsoft Source: (Benedict Evans) Benedict Evans writes up this very interesting analysis that sums up the entire Ballmer era of Microsoft (MSFT). From most of the 1990s and 2000s, the vast majority of connected devices had Microsoft operating systems. Even as late as 2009, their share of connected devices were still…Read More
I don’t why this trip to Canada is casing me such problems, but I keep running into difficulties: • iPhone won’t dial out. Sometimes after 30 seconds I can make a connection. Most of the time, nada. • Word Press wont let me access back end of blog. It might be WiFi related — wouldn’t…Read More
This diagram of the organizational chart of various companies is from Nick Wingfield’s NYT tech column today, Microsoft Overhauls, the Apple Way. I find it both hilarious AND insightful: click for larger graghic BonkersWorld Source: Microsoft Overhauls, the Apple Way NICK WINGFIELD NYT, July 11, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/technology/microsoft-revamps-structure-and-management.html
The future is here:
In a jaw-dropping feat of engineering, electronics turn a person’s thoughts into commands for a robot. Using a brain-computer interface technology pioneered by University of Minnesota biomedical engineering professor Bin He, several young people have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring.
The technology may someday allow people robbed of speech and mobility by neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs, or other devices. And it’s completely noninvasive: Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of an EEG cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.
A report on the technology has been published in the Journal of Neural Engineering: http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/10/4/046003/article
This is from 1 year ago, and is suddenly very relevant:
Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.