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Click listeners test 'filter bubble' 14 July 2011Last updated at 14:22 By Gareth Mitchell Presenter, Click on BBC World Service Click listeners shared their search results through the show's Facebook page. How personalised is the web? That's the question that Click listeners all over the world have been helping us answer. The worry is that we are cosseted in an information cocoon based on personalised results from search engines, automated recommendations from online bookstores and social networks that feed us gossip and news only from our innermost circle of friends. On Click radio a few weeks ago, we interviewed Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You. Mr Pariser is concerned that there is an illusion of objectivity in Google search results, when in fact they are filtered according to what we are most likely to click on when we browse the all important front page of results. Our Facebook group was soon deluged with screen grabs. Results
Why the Impossible Happens More Often [Translations: Japanese] I’ve had to persuade myself to believe in the impossible more often. In the past several decades I’ve encountered a series of ideas that I was conditioned to think were impossibilities, but which turned out to be good practical ideas. For instance, I had my doubts about the online flea market called eBay when it first came out. I thought the idea of an encyclopedia that anyone could change at any time to be a non-starter, a hopeless romantic idea with no chance of working. Twenty years ago if I had been paid to convince an audience of reasonable, educated people that in 20 years time we’d have street and satellite maps for the entire world on our personal hand held phone devices — for free — and with street views for many cities — I would not be able to do it. These supposed impossibilities keep happening with increased frequency. This list goes on, old impossibilities appearing as new possibilities daily. In a word: emergence.
www.valvesoftware.com/company/Valve_Handbook_LowRes.pdf Pourquoi nous finirons par renoncer à nos bibliothèques J'ai eu un choc en achetant Les Inrocks cette semaine. J'y ai découvert à l'intérieur un CD. Autrement dit un compact disc, un objet étrange, une sorte de playlist Spotify IRL (in real life). J'ai sorti l'objet de son plastique puis j'ai fixé mon iPad avec circonspection avant de réaliser qu'il y avait une application pour tout, sauf pour lire un CD. Après une dizaine d'années de tâtonnement, le combat est gagné. Avec les années 2010 commence la deuxième grande phase de dématérialisation culturelle. Un bon du trésor grec > un CD Face au livre numérique, les réactions sont les mêmes qu'il y a 10 ans pour la musique: «OK, c'est super d'avoir un livre en numérique, c'est magique les pages qui tournent toutes seules. Au début des années 2000, nous avions ce même fétichisme avec le disque, avant de l'abandonner progressivement sans même nous en rendre compte. Aujourd'hui, pour rien au monde, je ne jetterais mes livres. Le piratage, la solution? Retrouver l'aura du livre Vincent Glad
The robot that reads your mind to train itself 25 October 2010Last updated at 01:02 By Lakshmi Sandhana Technology journalist Rajesh Rao is a man who believes that the best type of robotic helper is one who can read your mind. In fact, he's more than just an advocate of mind-controlled robots; he believes in training them through the power of thought alone. His team at the Neural Systems Laboratory, University of Washington, hopes to take brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to the next level by attempting to teach robots new skills directly via brain signals. Robotic surrogates that offer paralyzed people the freedom to explore their environment, manipulate objects or simply fetch things has been the holy grail of BCI research for a long time. Dr Rao's team began by programming a humanoid robot with simple behaviours which users could then select with a wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) cap that picked up their brain activity. Skill set "What if the user wants the robot to do something new?" On-the-job training
The Jig Is Up: Time to Get Past Facebook and Invent a New Future - Alexis Madrigal - Technology After five years pursuing the social-local-mobile dream, we need a fresh paradigm for technology startups. Finnish teenagers performing digital ennui in 1996 2006. Reuters. We're there. "The third generation of data and voice communications -- the convergence of mobile phones and the Internet, high-speed wireless data access, intelligent networks, and pervasive computing -- will shape how we work, shop, pay bills, flirt, keep appointments, conduct wars, keep up with our children, and write poetry in the next century." That's Steve Silberman reporting for Wired in 1999, which was 13 years ago, if you're keeping count. I can take a photo of a check and deposit it in my bank account, then turn around and find a new book through a Twitter link and buy it, all while being surveilled by a drone in Afghanistan and keeping track of how many steps I've walked. The question is, as it has always been: now what? Decades ago, the answer was, "Build the Internet." That paradigm has run its course.
Exception Handling in ASP.NET MVC Index Introduction Exception handling is a serious matter in any application, whether it's web or desktop. In ASP.NET applications, error handling is done mostly in two ways: at local level using try-catch blocks and at global level using application events. In this article, we will learn about the HandleError filter and discuss about the different exception handling mechanisms that will fit to an MVC application. HandleError Attribute Exception filters The exception filters are attributes that can be applied over an action or a controller or even at a global level. All the exception filters implements the IExceptionFilter interface. Listing 1. The HandleErrorAttribute is the default implementation of the IExceptionFilter. Listing 2. What the HandleError filter does? The HandleError filter handles the exceptions that are raised by the controller actions, filters and views, it returns a custom view named Error which is placed in the Shared folder. Error View Listing 3. Listing 4. Listing 5.
Daring Fireball When algorithms control the world 23 August 2011Last updated at 01:42 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Algorithms are spreading their influence around the globe If you were expecting some kind of warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again. There will be no soothing HAL 9000-type voice informing us that our human services are now surplus to requirements. In reality, our electronic overlords are already taking control, and they are doing it in a far more subtle way than science fiction would have us believe. Their weapon of choice - the algorithm. Behind every smart web service is some even smarter web code. It is these invisible computations that increasingly control how we interact with our electronic world. At last month's TEDGlobal conference, algorithm expert Kevin Slavin delivered one of the tech show's most "sit up and take notice" speeches where he warned that the "maths that computers use to decide stuff" was infiltrating every aspect of our lives. "We've rendered something illegible.