New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'
Apple doesn't push the arrow until the wood breaks. They take the pointy end, aim and ship (RealDevelopers). SteveJobs didn't want the iPhone to merely fix our gaze but service our needs. Siri could break the paradigm and shift its focus off the screen back onto our needs. Steve saw that, that opened up an entire handheld services market and Apple would own the abstract layer between services and customer through Siri.
Apple didn't drop the ball on Siri. Siri hit a threshold, limit or criticality beyond which Five9's reliability eroded. They had to build infrastructure, to host Siri demand. The marketplace would help test and build a Siri strong enough to bridge the paradigm. Its not there yet.
Developers ship and Viv stands at the pinnacle of dreams while Siri is shipping daily.
Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?
The real position in play is abstraction over the GRID and selling it back as a viable business model. EV's are transitional technologies on the way to the future. Tesla cars are proof-of-concepts that a future can work without petroleum dependancy. They spotlight those millions of tailpipe emissions which only electric and hydrogen eliminate.
Power markets refuse to invest in the capture of smokestack emissions at source so the exercise Tesla is running remains retail only. When hydrogen competes with electric fuel cells that day will mark petroleum's last tailpipe gasp. Then emissions at the smokestack are all that's left to capture then.
Tesla will be there and in position to sell you power for your business, home or car in whatever form required from an eco-conscious GRID that puts the cost of capture into the end product and puts producer's responsibility back onto the consumer end user.
Are New Technologies Undermining the Laws of War?
On point, concise, factual and directly focused on First Principles. Of course this post is rated -1. That's why you need to read the (-) comments first!
BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo
Lawyers earn and no better way is there than to churn. In the interest of protecting a client, its a quick action to take because they can. Just because they could doesn't mean they should. SO this could be a legal action outside the sphere of Blackberry just doing what they do - churn to earn.
OR Blackberry in its desperation could be attacking all comers to its last remaining properties. It's interesting that there exists professionals for whom Blackberry remains an essential AND want to integrate other devices adding keyboard functionality. But this device looked like it was too much of a ' kludge' for my personal tastes. I chose not to pursue the $100 case for iPhone with keyboard.
AND I think that threshold barrier to purchase is reason enough that Blackberry have no case of patent infringement since keyboards have been around for awhile now. Adding a bluetooth keyboard case for iPhone doesn't equate to a Blackberry phone.
CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways
Europeans remark how comfortable and pleasant an experience driving in the U.S. at night. H.I.D. bright headlight illumination dominates there and people have no US-style incandescent headlamps which they prefer because it makes night vision so much more effective when driving against oncoming traffic.
GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses
Refuse to honor your debt to society who bailed your assets out of imminent bankruptcy.
Capitalism failed. Repeat. No lessons were learned. The U.S. economy post-captialism is run by failures.
Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users
In a post-capitalist economy, this is the 1% new power version of racial profiling. Think of it as a form of denial of services. You'll never see what the 1% does much less enjoy. Knowledge is power and denying information denies access to all but the 1% who matter.
Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?
That's right. EV, electric vehicles, are an industry solution to meeting NHTSA and EPA regulations that cars meet standards for GHG. Manufacturer's cars don't pass the standard, states close the door on their market. Its a bright, shiny doorstop. GM's EV-1 is the EV gold standard which the world deserves but obsoletes an entire petroleum industry in the process. So they had to crush every single example for posterity sake.
Hydrogen the technology wasn't ready, economically or infrastructure-wise for the 21st century. The zero emissions platform for the future is evolving slowly, infrastructure first. In the meantime, EV and HEV, keep the doors open for the manufacturers.
Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future
On first principles this is bullshit. The public have been struggling to get antibiotics put back in the medicine bottle where it belongs. No one wants this stuff loosed. We struggle to get it our food paying premium prices for organic, antibiotic-free meats. We struggle to find it in the grocery isle to keep antibiotics out of products like our dish soap. This political bullshit right here on Slashdot in our face as the ' public' made us do it. Its the ' public' responsibility. Fuck off I say to BigPharma exactly the way BigTobacco. A moron understands the negative ramifications of antibiotic use. Stand up, push back and blow back JonQPublic.
Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'
At that instant, US citizen's protected rights are constitutionally violated by a deliberate government action.
Turning off the Internet kills your microphone, news print and mail in one swift blow. That silences voice.
US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials
I thought this country was secured by constitutional right to privacy from registering individual book reading/buying.
Google Chrome 31 Is Out: Web Payments, Portable Native Client
Chrome now operates as an unregistered vehicle transporting executable code handing off to server farms who knows what...surely not - YOU
Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It
Bitcoin was advertized as the virtual currency NOT stored in one place with NO detrimental reliances upon any ONE server, person or gov't. WTF?
Silent Circle, Lavabit Unite For 'Dark Mail' Encrypted Email Project
/. please update, iteratively over time. Thank you.
Toyota's Killer Firmware
Point to a world where consumers hold liability and responsibility for their car, their ECU and their braking behavior even though unintended acceleration is at fault.
Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?
Stalled in the Mojave desert 106F in the heat of the day, a 2011 VW decided all three keys were ' not in range'. Two hours later I reached water, tow truck and ride 67 miles to civilization. It remains to this day whether the memory was wiped clean from extra-terrestial sunspot activity, fault ECU or programmed to lock-out the car at specified date/mileage.
Lexus' judgement renders the ECU behavior to be the vehicle ' owner' responsibility in California. So there's definitely a need to get tools, connections and programs on our cellphones to view logs at the very least. Programmer's are paid to build functionality. The liability unfortunately seems to rest with the end users.
The Neuroscience of Happiness
Having what you want
Wanting what you have
MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US
NSA tapped the firehose ( internet meta-style) getting all EU data. I'd be one pissed EU citizen.
Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool "SecureDrop" Launched
Secure for the whistleblower to talk to the journo anonymously. If they drop signed chats over the proverbial wall hoping the chat finds its way to the proper recipient in the system. The system knows...hence the trust is in the system.
Any questions how that ends?
Team Austria Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon With Their Net-Zero LISI House
Anyone have an inside scoop why this design with curtain surround excelled over conventional architecture?
See plans and specs here: http://1.usa.gov/1fuSR3W
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