Futuristic Bubble Car Takes Us for a Ride at CES Ride along with us inside GM's EN-V (Electric Networked Vehicle), a tiny two-seater with a 40-mile range that whisked us around a hotel ballroom in smooth, quiet comfort. The little two-seater, employing the same balancing-act technology as the Segway scooter, sheds the two-wheeled scooter's nerdy Mall Cop image for a Pac-Man-esque bubble design. It was a hoot to take this egg-shaped hotrod for a spin inside a controlled environment, but we're not quite sure how it would do on the mean streets of the real world — say, pitted against a giant SUV. But so what? Interview: Julien Genestoux - Founder of Superfeedr SuperFeedr is proving to be one of the game changers in the feed industry. With it’s real-time Feed updates, Julien Genestoux is trying to change the way RSS works. In fact, if you have not heard of it yet, but unknowingly you may also be using it when you use Google Reader, Tumblr, Posterous, FriendFeed, etc. In spite of the fact that the company was started by a sole individual, Julien, it has earned quite a lot of accolades and appreciation from the tech world.
Semantic API Semantic API analyzes a webpage on-the-fly and extracts key concepts from it. The API can also perform semantic analysis of a set of webpages as a whole. The API powers our own tools, including SenseBot and OpinionCrawl. Semantic API is deployed in a computing cloud. This gives it virtually unlimited scaling capabilities to support client applications. The API supports SOAP and REST protocols (HTTP GET or POST).
The Navy's Megawatt Laser Weapon Takes a Big Leap Forward with Powerful New Electron Injector It's unclear which is the bigger news coming out of the Office of Naval Research; the fact that the Navy's Free Electron Laser (FEL) program has demonstrated an injector capable of producing the necessary electrons to fuel a megawatt-class laser beam, or the fact that a next-generation future weapon under development by the military is months ahead of schedule. Both are good news for the Navy, which might begin lasing threats out of the sky sooner than it anticipated. Development of the FEL program has been a large undertaking for the Navy, which has invested at least $163 million in a new kind of variable-wavelength laser weapon that should be effective at sea, where moisture and aerosols in the air can severely limit the effectiveness at lasers at certain wavelengths. The FEL itself isn't new—it was invented decades ago—but fielding a high energy beam is something else entirely. FYI, more on the FEL via the ONR below.
Text Analysis API - Pricing Q. Do you offer a free plan? Yes, you can register for the free plan here. Q. How and when can I upgrade my plan? You can upgrade your plan at anytime. spirit - server energy maintenance - How New Software Can Help Save The Planet A software that can drastically reduce CO2 emissions (and energetic costs) on computers all over the world has been developed by Portuguese scientists and is freely available to anyone interested. The program is called SPIRIT and is the first automated system capable of turning the computers of a server on and off according to need to prevent the energetic waste of idle units. In the last year, just in the 200 computers of the Interdisciplinary Complex of Lisbon University, the software saved energy equivalent to 5 tons of CO2 emissions. And its potential is huge like Carlos Reis and Jorge Pacheco, the two scientists behind the project, explain: “ used worldwide SPIRIT could result in yearly savings equivalent to the energy produced by a 1000 MW Nuclear Power Station, or, in other words, a reduction of about 5 million tons of CO2 emissions every year” (the emissions of 6.5 millions London-NY flights (2)). And it’s here that the new software SPIRIT steps in. So how can SPIRIT help?
15 Useful Web Apps for Designers There are lots of web apps these days and they are very popular because of time-saving and productivity benefits. Web apps work on almost all platforms and you can access them from any device. You don’t need to install anything and you can save lots of time in this way. In this compilation, I’ve picked 15 useful web apps for web and graphic designers, developers and other creatives who want to save time and achieve more. Hope you’ll become more productive with these handy apps. Sentiment, Entity Extraction & Classification Classification by Taxonomy Documentation Classifies a piece of text or an URL according to a pre-defined taxonomy, such as IPTC SubjectCodes or IAB QAG. IPTC News Codes - International standard for categorizing news contentIAB QAG - The Interactive Advertising Bureau’s quality guidelines for classifying ads Input URL Semantic Labeling Documentation Selects which label best represents a piece of text or URL based on semantic similarity.
The A.I. Revolution Is On Today’s A.I. bears little resemblance to its initial conception. The field’s trailblazers believed success lay in mimicking the logic-based reasoning that human brains were thought to use. Photo: Dwight Eschliman; Illustration: Zee Rogér Diapers.com warehouses are a bit of a jumble. Boxes of pacifiers sit above crates of onesies, which rest next to cartons of baby food. In a seeming abdication of logic, similar items are placed across the room from one another. 7 unique and creative uses for Google+ - TNW Google Because of its simultaneously private and public approach to sharing information, Google+ is an extremely malleable platform, and as it continues to grow, there will be no end to the creative and unique uses for the site. Facebook and Twitter are much more than social networks, and Google+ with its unique method of sharing information can be whatever you want it to be. In fact, Google+ not only potentially threatens public social networks already in existence, it does away with the need for private social network tools such as Yammer, because you can selectively share information with specific groups of people. Other than being a social network, Google+ has the potential to become a journal or blog, an educational tool and even a podcasting tool.
Summarizer - Algorithm by nlp - Algorithmia No algorithm description given Table of Content Introduction Examples Credits Introduction Automatic summarization is the process of reducing a text document with a computer program in order to create a summary that retains the most important points of the original document. This algorithm takes in large blocks of unstructured text, and extracts key topic sentences based on frequency of topics and key terms. Input: (Required): Large block of text. (Optional) : Number of sentences (default=3) Output: Summarized block of text. Examples Example 1.
Tom Beddard Grows Fractals Into Works of Art You may not know what fractals are, mathematically speaking, but you know what they look like: tangled, crenelated forms bending and burbling in on themselves into infinity in a geometric, yet weirdly organic way. Generating fractal images is more like exploration than design -- and Tom Beddard explores an entire "fractal planet" in the video below. Beddard completed a PhD in laser physics before moving into web development and design. "I'm interested in how equations and formulas can be used to create interesting, unpredictable imagery," he tells Co.Design.
U.S. City & County Web Data API 1. Summary This geographic names data set provides a “mashup” of URLs for official city and county government web sites and city and county location data from the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). GNIS data includes incorporated places, census designated areas, unincorporated places, counties, and populated places. The API is RESTful and output formats are available in XML and JSON.
Nanotube-Tethered Flying Wind Turbines Could Harvest Energy At 30,000 Feet Future airborne wind turbines could spin with greater gusto in the faster winds found at high altitudes, and send power back to Earth via nanotube tether cables. Swarms of energy-harvesting kites, whirling blimps or balloons could stay aloft for a year, and could be reeled in during storms or for maintenance. This vision, outlined by a researcher at NASA, recently sparked the first federally funded research effort into airborne wind farms. In a bureaucratic infinite loop you just have to love, it's a study of what it would take to actually study the value of these ideas. NASA aerospace engineer Mark Moore says it's worth examining how flying wind farms would work, and how tethered turbines would affect airspace, for instance. Each wind turbine could have a two-mile protected no-fly zone, causing headaches for airliners and unmanned aircraft of the future.