Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving
Simply put, insurance companies and government regulators won't allow these kinds of systems to come into play any time soon due to good old risk aversion. Until cars can drive themselves reliably and the operator is downgraded to passenger...this kind of system simply is not well received outside of the circles of auto manufacturers and computer companies looking for something different.
With the number of jurisdictions that are bringing in laws against distracted driving, I think this is already a dead point. The auto companies can be investing their research monies better than this.
Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?
Quote from article:
"It takes about 20 transistors to implement a synapse. Clearly, building the silicon equivalent of 220 trillion synapses is not an easy problem to solve."
-- That's nice if you want to model the entire brain but why would you? How much of the brain is geared toward bodily functions that one would not necessarily need to model? If you exclude the required synapses dedicated to those functions you can focus on a smaller subset that would be easier to build and operate...no?
Another thought is when building a brain model...who's? Not all brains are built equal...almost every brain related health story I read online speaks of neurological issues in the brain...what are the odds of building these into any model of a brain? It can get expensive correcting the circuitry to improve and correct these? Which leads me to wonder...what does a flawless brain look like exactly?
On the Advent of Controversial Video Games
I suspect that a lot of the creators/publishers of games that fit into the questionable mold don't really care about what other people or organizations think about their creation. They measure their ability to produce and sell a game based upon market opportunity/demand, differentiation from other products, and what has or has not already been ruled on by the courts.
You can bet that if the combination adds up to profit and manageable risk, titles will be published. Now if there is enough backlash that it becomes unprofitable or too risky, then they get cancelled. I doubt there is very much gray area here.
Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities
The real value of geocities was not in the actual content it contained (although some of the content was simply awesome), but rather how it encouraged a lot of individuals to start publishing content onto the web via a personal home page. Both the skills learned and the desire to get oneself "one the Internet" that geocities (and its kin websites) provided were launchpads into the web we know now.
Hawking Expecting To Make Full Recovery
I am very glad to hear that he is recovering from the immediate health concerns. Despite his age combined with his Lou Gehrig's disease, he potentially has so much more to offer the scientific world specifically and humanity in general. His mind is clear and simply, utterly amazing.
It should be said that through his book, A Brief History of Time, that he has encourage many people otherwise ignorant of science to not only better understand our universe but to do so with enjoyment and sometimes passion. It is not too often that a scientist can elicit that level of societal consciousness.
It would be a shame for him to become fully incapacitated or die and eliminate the greatest modern looking-glass into the world of physics and science.
Microsoft To Add A Black Box To Windows
From an corporate perspective I would expect that most corporations would automatically set this feature to disabled. Most corporations have privacy policies in place to cover information being sent outside the company. Additionally, to meet these privacy policies, it would take time to sanitize the information going out to Microsoft. Can you see many managers allocating time for their employees to sanitize the information to send to Microsoft? Its not a revenue generating activity. Thus, we can conclude that most corporations will simply disable the "feature".
Home users and small home offices are the ones most likely to leave the functionality on and/or use the feature. This often simply comes from a lack of understanding of the feature and its implications. As previously mentioned, uninformed users will often just click OK to attempt to continue on with their work. They don't want the interruption but often don't know enough to turn it off and so click through the dialog boxes thoughtlessly.
Draw your own conclusions on the value of this feature to end users and to Microsoft. 'nuf said!