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With the continuing rise of energy costs, it’s no surprise that companies continue to develop innovative products that are not only environmentally friendly but also have the future potential to be friendly to our wallets. One excellent example of this would have to be the Solar Ivy . Solar Ivy and its parent company, SMIT, have developed a series of small solar cells which are imprinted with conductive ink to resemble the look of natural ivy. Solar Ivy uses a combination of solar technology as well as piezoelectrics and is designed to be placed on the outside of commercial or residential buildings.
General questions Q. What is this research about? We studied the consequences and implications of the convergence of three technologies: face recognition, cloud computing, and online social networks. Specifically, we investigated whether the combination of publicly available Web 2.0 data and off-the-shelf face recognition software may allow large-scale, automated, end-user individual re-identification. We identified strangers online (across different online services: Experiment 1), offline (in the physical world: Experiment 2), and then inferred additional, sensitive information about them, combining face recognition and data mining, thus blending together online and offline data (Experiment 3).
We’ve seen hacks for the Kinect from the very start, and even some that suggested one like this might be possible: a Kinect being moved around like a camera, recording the depth of everything it sees and building up a full-3D map of the room and every object in it. They call it KinectFusion , and it’s really quite fascinating to watch. I’ve re-hosted the video here, since the original is a bit cramped and not everyone wants to download the whole thing. The position of the camera is constantly tracked by monitoring the depth of known objects in its view, and with that information known, the 3D data recorded can be given absolute measurements, producing a static map of the room.
Just when you thought that people had squeezed the last drop of creativity out of Microsoft's Kinect, something like this comes along. It's a stuffed monkey with a robotic skeleton that can mimic the movements of the person standing in front of it. "Monkey Business" is an art installation of sorts created by Jan M.
Internet users across the world have been warned that if they have the “Alureon/ DNS Changer bot” virus on their computers, they will lose their Internet connections. The virus “spoofs” popular websites in an attempt to steal personal information. The software found its way into thousands of computers worldwide last year. [...]
Here are five free software to facebook photos or albums . Ever felt it inconvenient in downloading pictures from facebook, the largest social networking site? Let’s explore easy ways of downloading photos from facebook with free Facebook photo downloaders.
Back when we reviewed HP's webOS slate, we said it might be worth your time if it cost $100 less. Well guess what? It does, or will, this weekend. This is a fleeting discount, however, with the slab sale starting tomorrow and ending Sunday. But at $400 and $500 for the 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively, it might just be worth the asking price.
First published Fri Mar 19, 2004; substantive revision Tue Sep 22, 2009 The Chinese Room argument, devised by John Searle, is an argument against the possibility of true artificial intelligence. The argument centers on a thought experiment in which someone who knows only English sits alone in a room following English instructions for manipulating strings of Chinese characters, such that to those outside the room it appears as if someone in the room understands Chinese. The argument is intended to show that while suitably programmed computers may appear to converse in natural language, they are not capable of understanding language, even in principle. Searle argues that the thought experiment underscores the fact that computers merely use syntactic rules to manipulate symbol strings, but have no understanding of meaning or semantics.
Advanced Defense Technology Centre Engineer Fumiyuki Sato displays his spherical observation drone in Tokyo. Sato has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground. A Japanese defence researcher has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground.
1.Back Track Today we’re going to run down, step-by-step, how to crack a Wi-Fi network with WEP security turned on. Dozens of tutorials on how to crack WEP are already all over the internet using this method.
Australian group builds single atom transistor using an STM. See all of the most popular videos from Singularity University. Ray Kurzweil's Q&A about the Singularity The Future of 3D Printing (which illustrates what a low-resolution nanofactory looks like) from Singularity University . Ralph Merkle's Introduction to Molecular Nanotechnology from Singularity University . Just give me the FAQ
Security Watch Island Hopping: The Infectious Allure of Vendor Swag Jesper M. Johansson The technique of island hopping—penetrating a network through a weak link and then hopping around systems within that network—has been around for years.
Bob has been given two keys. One of Bob's keys is called a Public Key, the other is called a Private Key. Bob's Public key is available to anyone who needs it, but he keeps his Private Key to himself.
MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images In addition to the grim truth of another 11,000 jobs lost and 400 retail fronts closing, the news of the Borders failure marks the end of another chapter in how classical music is distributed, sold and enjoyed. Virgin and Tower Records have long since given up the ghost. And as Barnes & Noble and Borders both morphed from being booksellers to books/music/tchotchkes/coffee chains, they were the two remaining national outlets that took up at least a bit of the slack, even though their classical offerings were never particularly deep or broad. Borders was never another Tower: You wouldn't encounter clerks who could reel off their objections to the Penguin Guide 's picks, share a moment of mutual discovery with another giddy fan, or glimpse a renowned musician or two browsing the racks , but it still was a store that acknowledged classical music exists.
Big News Network (ANI) Friday 5th August, 2011 Social networks like Facebook and Twitter often suggest people you may know based on your existing 'friends'. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a new way of predicting which people may become friends on social network sites - based on the type of places they visit. Their surprise finding is that going to the same gym or school or working in the same office can be more likely to bring people together than having the same friends. That may seem obvious but it has important implications for websites like Facebook or LinkedIn.