background preloader

IT (Humanist Approach)

Facebook Twitter


Science Fiction. In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” two children play in their “nursery,” a sort of home holodeck where they can conjure up any scene in which to play. Bradbury always had a wonderfully clunky sort of technobabble; in this case, as the father tells the mother, “it’s all dimensional superreactionary, supersensitive color film and mental tape film behind glass screens. It’s all odorophonics and sonics, Lydia. Here’s my handkerchief.” Naturally, the nursery never shipped. It’s not a real thing, and there’s no mental tape film in 3M’s labs. Most concept devices, like last week’s eye-mounted display from Google, are works of imagination, and are usually good or bad concepts according to how well they manage the aspect of practicality.

What was “The Veldt” about? There’s no reason to suggest that Google’s Project Glass video is any different from the many concept videos we’ve seen in the past. How business taught scientists about big data — Cloud Computing News. Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others. Wikidata, the first new project to emerge from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006, is now beginning development.

Wikipedia’s Next Big Thing: Wikidata, A Machine-Readable, User-Editable Database Funded By Google, Paul Allen And Others

The organization, known best for its user-edited encyclopedia of knowledge Wikipedia, recently announced the new project at February’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin, describing Wikidata as new effort to provide a database of knowledge that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike. There have been other attempts at creating a semantic database built from Wikipedia’s data before – for example, DBpedia, a community effort to extract structured content from Wikipedia and make it available online.

The difference is that, with Wikidata, the data won’t just be made available, it will also be made editable by anyone. The project’s goal in developing a semantic, machine-readable database doesn’t just help push the web forward, it also helps Wikipedia itself. Below, an early concept for Wikidata: Dr. How federal money will spur a new breed of big data — Cloud Computing News. The Cloud Will Cure Cancer. Editor’s note: Mark Kaganovich is founder of SolveBio and a doctoral candidate in genetics at Stanford University.

The Cloud Will Cure Cancer

Follow him on Twitter @markkaganovich. Much ink has been spilled on the huge leaps in communications, social networking, and commerce that have resulted from impressive gains in IT and processing power over the last 30 years. However, relatively little has been said about how computing power is about to impact our lives in the biggest way yet: Health.

Two things are happening in parallel: technology to collect biological data is taking off and computing is becoming massively scalable. The combination of the two is about to revolutionize health care. Understanding disease and how to treat it requires a deep knowledge of human biology and what goes wrong in diseased cells. New technology is changing research A major challenge thus far has been the difficulty in gaining access to clinical data. Correlation in the cloud Cancer research = Big Bio [image from Moneyball] Arthur C. Clarke talks about Web Work, Internet and Social in 1974 — Broadband News and Analysis. Information technology. Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data,[1] often in the context of a business or other enterprise.[2] The term is commonly used as a synonym for computers and computer networks, but it also encompasses other information distribution technologies such as television and telephones.

Information technology

Several industries are associated with information technology, including computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, e-commerce and computer services.[3][a] Humans have been storing, retrieving, manipulating and communicating information since the Sumerians in Mesopotamia developed writing in about 3000 BC,[5] but the term information technology in its modern sense first appeared in a 1958 article published in the Harvard Business Review; authors Harold J. Leavitt and Thomas L. Whisler commented that "the new technology does not yet have a single established name. The Tricorder project - Science Tricorder Mark 2. The Science Tricorder Mark 2 was a wonderful adventure of discovery to develop.

the Tricorder project - Science Tricorder Mark 2

It's my pleasure to be able to share it with you. To introduce you to the Tricorder project, I'd like to begin with a story from the development of the very first Tricorder that I built. The first educational discoveries with the Tricorder came only moments after completing it, and walking about the workshop to "see what can't be seen". Upon holding the Tricorder near a power adapter plugged into the wall, you could see the oscillating magnetic fields on the magnetometer visualization. There they were, slowly bouncing back and forth, right in front of you. More educational discoveries came quickly — from finding all the heat leaks from different building materials in my graduate student apartment in a century home, to how much humidity is exhaled in a breath.

Again, it is my pleasure to be able to share this with you. Sensors Avago ADJD-S311-CR999 Colour RGBC Sensor 10-bit resolution per channel Hardware.