Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hey Galipeau - you still around? Part II

Hey y’all – too busy to write these days – my plan to take a few months off didn’t quite work out as well as I thought. Four projects – three pending funding applications - two papers – a book review and a 'wait and see' … Ubi bene, ibi patria!!

Couple of ideas that I am playing with and a few comments about what’s going on.

IDEA:

Thought this article about using Google maps in security zones was interesting (thx to Natascha in Darfur).

Nothing new here but the way it ‘could’ be used may be interesting. A new approach about to begin? Sent it off to a UN friend (and excellent photographer) that is working on a large project in this direction.

PROJECT:

Gigi poked me a while back with this (Numenta.com) and I am certainly enlightened.

A cognitive approached to knowledge and the impact of information are an interesting mashup but how does one capture this. Jeff Hawkins, best known as co-founder of Palm and Handspring, may have it.

HCI, AI and Robotics are going through some of the greatest re-thinking in it's history and rightly so - the scientists had it all wrong - cognitive theory is a small world but is starting to have a great influence on how the near- and far-future will really turn out.

Currently writing an hypothesis of using hierarchical temporal memory (HTM) theory, coupled with face recognition on a large scale project that I am working on.

BLOGS:

Nothing new so I have been following this latest 'development' on blog security and the 'code of conduct', etc.

I think that 'bloggers that blog about blogs that blog about themselves' (BTBABTBAT) should realize that no one with an independent mind really cares about this. It’s a basic marketing 101 play - not even a grad level tactic.

Understanding that blogs are simply websites that people update often - no different than when AOL 1.0 for Windows was released in 1993 started the 'online personal opinion' movement - why would there special rules? Not that I condone the threats but is Kathy Sierra the first person on the Internet to be threatened?

It’s one of the few times that I’ll side with Jeff Jarvis but seriously? If big media wasn’t pulling the BTBABTBAT puppet strings on this story - this would be a non-issue. I’m bored already.

READ:

++ Fakesteve
++ Simputers – could use this for a project
++ bootleg papers (not sure how I got these) by Derrick de Kerckhove about technopsychology - an exploration of collective consciousness as it is applied to mobility ... another near-future project potential

HEAR:

++ Zero 7
++ K&D Sessions (old skool)
++ Frou Frou

THINK:

++ In late 2003, Google had 8 petabytes of hard-disk storage. As of last week, the Google cluster now has 8 petabytes of collective RAM. About the size of the human brain. Hmmmm.


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