Archive for information

You are browsing the archives of information.

Augmented Reality Will Help Firefighters

Augmented reality adds information to our experience of reality. In many cases, we take it for granted that we simply want to experience reality just as it is, but there are times when that is not true. In those cases, Augmented Reality (AR) becomes desirable because it enhances reality with more information instead of replacing […]

Ethics and the Speed of Tech Improvement

Our technology is improving quickly and the rate of that improvement is steadily increasing. Technology always amplifies human effort. If the effort has been aligned ethically, the amplified end product will be amplified goodness. If the effort is not ethical, the amplified end product will be amplified badness or even evil. It seems like we […]

Integrated Viewing Surfaces

Telephones used to be large and heavy compared to today’s phones. They used to have handsets, cords and large rotating dials to enter numbers. Today, they are small, light, cordless and respond to voice interaction. Our viewing screens used to be large, heavy and came in box-like cases. They had antennas, got power from cords […]

Fixing Brains With Engineered Neural Tissue

Micro Tissue Engineered Neural Networks (micro-TENNs) are preformed neural network structures which can serve as a foundation for reconstruction of damaged brain pathways. These engineered tissues are being injected into the brains of lab rats for testing. If the neural network tissue is “trained” with a specific knowledge set before being injected, it might become […]

Interacting With Intelligent Software

As our software embeds more human intelligence and more human behavior, we can expect to interact with it in a more human fashion. At one point, in the beginning of computing history, we would write programs on some form of media like punch cards or magnetic tape and then feed the media into computer memory, […]

Software Based Synthetic Knowledge

Software based calculators, spreadsheets, databases, word processors and presentation managers have been augmenting our own ability to process information for years. Over time, they have added math functions, spell checking and animation features to make them more effective. Newer software is developing the ability to process and analyze voice and video streams at ever increasing […]

NIST Adds New SP-1800 series

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has announced a new Special Publications (SP) series of documents called SP-1800, intended to augment the SP-800 series. SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS – [nist.gov] SP 1800, NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guides (2015-present): A new subseries created to complement the SP 800s; targets specific cybersecurity challenges in the public and private sectors; […]

Freebase and Common Crawl

Freebase – [freebase.com] What is Freebase? Freebase is an open, Creative Commons licensed repository of structured data of almost 20 million entities. An entity is a single person, place, or thing. Freebase connects entities together as a graph. Ways to use Freebase: * Use Freebase’s Ids to uniquely identify entities anywhere on the web * […]

1232 – Llull – bio

Ramon Llull was born in 1232 in Majorca, now part of Spain. He was a logician, philosopher and theologian. Llull was convinced that it was possible to “compute” truths by creating an “alphabet” to represent basic concepts and then using a mechanical “calculator” to manipulate the symbols and reveal the truth. His calculator was comprised […]

Using Sound to Control Information

Computer circuits use pulses of electromagnetic energy to create readable states that can represent information in small pieces. Phonons are pulses of sound vibration that can interact with both matter and electromagnetic energy. Learning to control phonons with precision may enable phonon based computing. How To Build A Phononic Computer [technologyreview.com] Phonons are quantum vibrations […]