Augmented reality is still waiting on its “killer app,” but a new demo from Toronto designer Adam Pickard shows off a use-case we could likely all get on board with: turning paper Ikea manuals into animated demonstrations. For anyone who has ever looked, with growing bafflement, at the blueprints for assembling their coffee table or […]
Happy Saturday, everyone! While many things in the world are very bad today, if you were on the Internet last night, you probably caught wind of a pretty cool historic moment in college basketball: UMBC — University of Maryland, Baltimore County — knocked off the overall number one seed in the annual NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament in an absolute landslide.
So, naturally, I absolutely had to find the tech angle here, and if you owned a smartphone, you probably saw a series of extremely excellent tweets from UMBC’s twitter account, which went absolutely ballistic last night. So, we wanted to recognize the other star of the show: UMBC’s twitter account. You probably would too if, as a 21-point underdog, beat what most consider the best team in the country. Most tweet compilations are not great, but this one is very great.
University of Virginia was absolutely crushed during the second half of the game after dominating the world of college basketball for the entire regular season and throughout the conference tournament on the way to the overall number one seed — a system in place where teams are placed in the tournament based on favorable matchups as a reward for their performance. The system is still ripe for upsets, and there have been a lot this year, but this one is arguably one of the biggest upsets of all time.
So, without further ado:
Alarming bucket of truth, that one. We’ll end with this one:
Happy March Madness, all! May fortune favor (the rest) of your brackets.
When I heard the 60th annual Grammy Awards show was going to feature artificial intelligence, I immediately thought “this is a marketing ploy.” But then I found out IBM’s Watson was the AI in question. Watson, you see, doesn’t have a problem rolling up its non-existent sleeves and doing some good old fashioned hard work. Don’t expect a silly robot rolling around doing a human impersonation on the red carpet, IBM’s machines show up to solve problems and optimize workflows. And while that isn’t very sexy – hard work seldom is – it’s incredibly important. The chances are pretty good you’ve…
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The iOS App Store might not offer as many apps and games as the Android Play Store but when it comes to quality – the App Store has everyone else beat. Every year brings a new batch of the finest iOS games and 2017 is no exception. Here are the top 5 iOS games 2017 that are definitely worth all of the praise they’ve gotten from fans and critics. Press the right arrow to begin.
Despite the essential features that Safari offers, there are a number of important features that are missing. Fortunately, Safari supports third-party extensions which add extra functionality to the browser so that you get the additional features that you want.
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It’s easy to dismiss Oculus Go. Not unlike Gear VR or Daydream, Go offers the world yet another headset that’s stripped of everything that makes VR so promising. It’s not attention grabbing, certainly isn’t sexy, and it doesn’t offer anything others don’t, at least not experience-wise. Anyone that’s tried a smartphone-based VR experience can tell you, it’s pretty damn cool… for about 10 minutes. But stripping the mid-level headset of its leash, a smartphone, is a huge step forward for Oculus, and the VR industry as a whole. While enthusiasts dream about 4k resolution (in each eye), and processing power that…
How did we get here?
IT’S THE AGE OF THE INDIVIDUAL
It’s all about you, your brand, you’re on your own and it’s your obligation to establish your status. Used to be you were a member of the faceless masses. Now you’re defined online yet retain your anonymity, since in a world of competing identities no one stands out, and when someone does, you wonder why you can’t be them. But the truth is there are great swaths of people who are unaware of your hero, seemingly no one dominates, there’s no backbone to our culture, it’s a swarming mass of unconnected dots, so you just retreat to your mobile and post away about your life, believing it will lend definition, but it doesn’t.
MASTERY IS IMPOSSIBLE
You used to know every album, every TV show, every movie. Now there’s so much it’s incomprehensible. Everybody’s talking about their favorites and you feel left out. You want to dig deep and feel a member of the club but who has time to see 13 episodes of this and 39 of that. Meanwhile, those who have not gotten the memo keep telling you they know what’s going on and you’re inadequate when the truth is no one knows and they’re inadequate too.
POSSESSIONS HAVE LOST THEIR MEANING
This is something the older generations cannot accept, just like their forebears could not accept the tumult of the sixties, when the baby boomers disconnected from them. Used to be you were defined by what you owned, that determined status. Now youngsters want to own little and have everything on demand, they want to be foot loose and fancy free. If you’re rooted to your big home and your fancy car you’re over the hill. Especially when they release a new version of everything soon and what you own is obsolete. That’s right, you installed a 5.1 or 9.1 or 13.1 (no that doesn’t exist yet, but it will!) system in your house and then find out it’s obsolete because it’s not voice-controlled and your TV is too small and only 1080 and you get overwhelmed and accept where you are. The hamsters run the wheel trying to keep up, but nobody can keep up. It’s really about you and your circle, your own little life, but that would remove you from competition, and life is a sweepstakes, where you’re ranked by your credit score, your Instagram followers, and if you’re on Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat too, you’ve got no time to spare, social media is a videogame, even more powerful and addictive than anything emanating from a console, the goal is to post and post until your statistics triumph but just when you’ve climbed the mountain they change the game with a new platform and you have to start scoring again. It’s tedious, and it doesn’t keep you warm at night.
ONLINE STATISTICS ARE FAKED
This is the conundrum. You judge someone by their numbers but are they real?
Bill Clinton made it legitimate. Everybody lies to get out of a hole. So you do too. Lawyers took a hit during Watergate and the profession has never regained its status. Truth is for pussies, wimps, everybody’s trumpeting falsehoods, it’s a cultural cancer. And the person standing up for the truth is more interested in the personal accolades than the cause.
YOU’VE GOT TO SERVE SOMEBODY
No one is disentangled. Bob Dylan had it right. Lisa Bloom is defending Harvey Weinstein whom she has a deal with, because being a lawyer is not enough, you have to be rich and famous and part of the entertainment club.
IF YOU’RE NOT WORKING ON YOUR STATUS, YOU’RE LOSING IT
You’ve got to be in front of the public every damn day or you’re forgotten. Take a couple of years off to lick your wounds and inspire yourself and good luck coming back.
LIFE IS SPORTS
There are two teams, right and left, it’s totally tribal, and you’re either on one or the other, no one picks one from column A and two from column B.
GROUPTHINK IS PARAMOUNT
You don’t want to go against the crowd, against your team, otherwise you’ll be ostracized. A nuanced appraisal which shows the situation is complicated just sets you up for hatred from your supposed brethren. The scourge of our society is silence. It’s not the law that’s got us shutting up, but peer pressure.
FORGIVENESS IS RARE
Commit a faux pas and you’re history, taken out of the game, eaten by the lions, hopefully you’ve got enough money to sustain, because you’re not gonna earn any more in your chosen field.
THE MORE EDUCATED YOU ARE, THE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE YOU ARE TO QUACK MEDICAL THEORIES
The elites believe they know better, but they feel powerless like the poor. But they assert their power by believing in quack remedies and refusing to get their children vaccinated.
THE ELITES HAVE CONTEMPT FOR THE POOR AND HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY LIVE THEIR LIVES
They worked hard to make it, you should too.
So in a world where everything is available at our fingertips, we feel overwhelmed, we feel inadequate, we don’t know what our place is in society. We want to fit in, and we don’t want to sacrifice our identity to do it. But everywhere we go people are talking about what we don’t know and we feel powerless to effect change and all we keep reading is about titans who triumphed who say it was easy leaving out how aggressive they were and what corners they cut.
So the irony is those complaining the loudest are the problem. The newspapers saying they’re underpaid. It won’t be long before you’ll pay for all news, Google is changing its policy, one article will no longer be free. And record companies have buried all the gems from the Napster era. All the alternative and live takes, the unreleased stuff, it’s not on Spotify and it’s not on YouTube, it’s underground once again, meanwhile, the industry is making more money, via streaming.
And the movie industry does not care about you, just China, which invests in it, and the rest of the world which pays to see its high concept movies. How can it be no one you know goes to the movies yet they still get so much ink?
And since everyone needs to be and is entitled to be famous, rankings are abhorred. We cannot separate the wheat from the chaff. So there’s an endless buffet of items from McDonald’s as well as Spago. You just end up eating at the same place. And eating is another incomprehensible endeavor, you’ve got to know every food truck and every chef and have an unlimited budget to partake.
Meanwhile, the rich are getting richer and you’re still complaining.
So, it’s the greatest time to be alive and simultaneously the worst. No one can be bored anymore, the history of entertainment is at your fingertips and you can communicate with everybody you’ve ever known instantly. But you’re lacking meaning in life, while charlatans tell you they have the answer, whether it be the religious right or the bogus left. So you’re left with yourself, which brings us back to the beginning, you’re fighting for your space on the planet yet keep being told you don’t matter, and feeling meaningless to boot. How did we get here?
One thing’s for sure, we’re never going back. Ignore the Luddites complaining about the negative consequences of screen time, they think if they yell loud enough the past will come back, but it won’t.
And the tech titans lack moral responsibility.
So it really does come down to you, and humanity. Give up the race to consume. Give up the attempt to be all-knowing. Information is important, but soft knowledge eclipses it. Relationships, philosophy, those haven’t been changed by the technological revolution, but they’ve been backwatered by industrialists who want to sell you something.
We are in a personal crisis. A moral crisis. We’re unsure how to lead our lives. We want someone to make sense of it all, to point us where to go, so we can be part of the universe, feel connected, because too much of this so-called connection online is leaving us unfulfilled. We’ve got the bounty, but we’re empty inside.
When you get the answer, tell me.
The Universe’s Story
It is often thought that science is about data, but at its heart science is about stories. The universe has a story to tell, and through science we can learn a part of that story. When I write about scientific discoveries, I try to tell that story. If I tell the story well, then it becomes both understandable and relevant to readers. But there is a part of the scientific story we don’t often tell. That’s why I’ve been working on a new project.
Many of the breakthroughs in modern science come from big facilities such as ALMA, LIGO and CERN. These are massive projects that require the support of thousands of people. Everything from cooking to engineering comes together to make these facilities possible. Many facilities are also in remote locations. They have a huge impact on the surrounding communities, often entering the sacred spaces of indigenous cultures. The interactions can be filled with tension, but they also enrich this human endeavor we call science.
Part of communicating science is not just how you tell the story but also what stories you choose to tell. For about a year I’ve been working with journalist Mark Gillespie, and Canadian producers Steven Mitchell and Al Magee to develop a new kind of science show. One that will tell the stories behind the science headlines. Steven and Al have decades of experience in television storytelling, and have won several awards for their outstanding work. They also share my desire to present science honestly and without hype. Mark has worked in some of the most remote areas of the world, and knows how bring out stories that are meaningful and powerful.
For the past year we’ve been developing stories and building connections to several science facilities and their surrounding communities. The next step to making the project real is to film a “sizzle reel” demonstrating the show to the networks. It will be filmed on location at Green Bank Observatory. But that’s going to take some funding. So today we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. With your support we can make this project a reality.
You can find the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64470060/big-science. Obviously I’d love if you contribute financially, but we also need as much media buzz as we can get. The more you share it on social media, the better chance it has to succeed.
Many of you already support One Universe at a Time, which has made it possible for me to tell the stories of science. I very much hope you’ll support this new project as well.
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This week on the Internet of Things Podcast, Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel talk about news from Defcon, efforts to hack the Amazon Echo and give their take on the Senate’s new IoT security bill. (Hint: they’re not that impressed.) They also cover the week’s big news of the Wink platform getting sold to Will.i.am, Eero’s new employees and $ 50 million for TrackR, the Bluetooth-based tracking company.
In the guest segment, Stacey talks with Sam George of Microsoft. George heads up the Azure IoT Platform. He and Stacey talk about where the IT world stops and the real world begins, the right architectures for the edge and Microsoft’s stance on cybersecurity. You’ll also learn about the Internet of Twizzlers. Listen here: