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Archived Audio Interviews GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.

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Future Scenarios What Will The Internet Look Like In 10 Years? The Internet Society engaged in a scenario planning exercise to reveal plausible courses of events that could impact the health of the Internet in the future. While obviously not intended to be a definitive overview of the landscape or all potential issues, we believe the results are interesting and, we hope, thought-provoking. We are sharing them in the hope that they will inspire thought about possibilities for the future development of the Internet, and involvement in helping to make that happen in the best possible way. Future Scenario Resources

Eight great gadgets for college dorms It's almost time for college students to begin fall classes, so I thought it would be good to compile a list of gadgets for college dorms and apartments. The obvious ones, like smartphones, laptops, iPads and calculators aren't listed here because I went for the fun and unique gadgets instead. Take a look and let me know if you've found something cool that should be included. (Scroll to the bottom to see a video that demonstrates the gadgets.)

Beyond Pink and Blue: A Look at Gender Colors It goes beyond culture. There is science behind the gender-relationships when it comes to colors. A study by John Hallock compares the color preferences among various demographics and takes into account information collected from 22 countries. Our friends at KissMetrics put together this informative infographic that tears down the gender barriers to reveal what really goes on in visualizations. Click any portion to enlarge. Colors by Gender Happy Healthy Home 2011 We worked on R&D activities in tech related to home health and presented a unique use of Kinect technology for benefit of health and fall monitoring at Home. The project is called “HealthBuzz” HealthBuzz is a Home Health Monitoring system on cloud. The project facilitates elderly people to live independently with proper health observation.

Soren Gordhamer: How To Be a Jerk on Twitter (and Gain 1,278,457 It is not easy to be a jerk on Twitter, but with the right strategy, approach, and perseverance, it is possible. Don't believe the crap out there from people like Kevin Rose on how to gain Twitter followers. I mean, he has what, like 1,169,154 followers. Who the hell does he think he is to be talking about this? Mashable also has their list of Twitter advice. Internet Traffic is now 51% Non-Human So you thought the Internet was made by and for people? Think again. A study by Incapsula, a provider of cloud-based security for web sites (mind you where this data comes from), concludes that 51% of all Internet traffic is generated by non-human sources such as hacking software, scrapers and automated spam mechanisms. While 20% of the 51% non-human traffic is’ good’, the 31% majority of this non-human traffic is potentially malicious. The study is based on data collected from 1,000 websites that utilize Incapsula’s services, and it determined that just 49% of Web traffic is human browsing. 20% is benign non-human search engine traffic, but 31% of all Internet traffic is tied to malicious activities. 19% is from ” ‘spies’ collecting competitive intelligence,” 5% is from automated hacking tools seeking out vulnerabilities, 5% is from scrapers and 2% is from content spammers.

China's '3D Fast Bus' Straddles the Road So Cars Can Drive Under Photos: Chinanews Too Expensive to Go Under? Go Over... What if there was a way to get most of the benefits of a subway, but without the costs of digging up all those tunnels? The Chinese company Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. thinks it might be able to do just that with a concept it calls the 3D Fast Bus (which has also been called the straddling bus), and kind of giant bus/train that straddles the street and allows cars to drive right under it. Eight Types of Hecklers and the Comedians Who Shut Them Up In the 2007 documentary Heckler, Joe Rogan says that “the number one thing about hecklers is 100% of them are douchebags.” A stand-up comedian’s act depends on the audience reaction by nature, but when someone attempts to derail the performer’s work, well, that’s something a douchebag would do. Still, heckling creates exciting moments of discomfort for the audience, and hecklers have instigated some great moments in comedy (Bryson Turner’s comeback) as well as some terrible moments (Michael Richards incident). Whether the outcome is funny, awkward, or awful, the eternal battle between heckler and stand-up is always fun to watch. Here are eight kinds of hecklers, and fifteen different ways of dealing with them.

Fall monitoring systems add to seniors’ independence A new monitoring system being developed by Professor Marjorie Skubic of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and her interdisciplinary team at the University of Missouri could help older adults avoid falls before they happen and alert health care professionals when they do. Major injuries resulting from falls often lead to rapid decline in other aspects of the quality of life for older adults. Preventing and reacting to falls can be a challenge to health care providers, even in retirement centers. When an older person chooses to stay at home, monitoring their movements has been difficult without a serious breach of privacy, like live video cameras, or extremely costly, like a live-in nurse.

Most Tweets Produce Zero Replies or Retweets [STUDY] Sysomos, maker of social media analysis tools, looked at 1.2 billion tweets over a two-month period to analyze what happens after we publish our tweets to Twitter. Its research shows that 71% of all tweets produce no reaction — in the form of replies or retweets — which suggests that an overwhelming majority of our tweets fall on deaf ears. Sysomos findings also highlight that retweets are especially hard to come by — only 6% of all tweets produce a retweet (the other 23% solicit replies). The remarkably low percentage of retweets happening on Twitter might be encouraging news for those of us who feel like Twitter outcasts because we don't get retweeted often; clearly, we are not in the minority. Delving deeper into the research, we see that most replies and retweets happen in the first hour after a tweet has been published. 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets happen within that all-imporant first-hour window.

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