The dawn of the domestic drone is near. In 2015 more than 20,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are expected to roam through the airspace of the United States alone. These unmanned drones, equipped with thermal imaging, video and audio recorders,…
Measures and countermeasures:
Hiding with drones with your clothes
Liminal life: borderline objects between live and inert matter
Liminal lives are creating a great degree of conjecture and debate in many areas of discourse in science, life sciences and the humanities. Liminal lives come in many forms, basically, anywhere where there is a physical entity on the threshold of change ie an entity that sits somewhere between one form or thing and another, that could be on the threshold of life and death but could also be on other thresholds such as human/machine, human/non-human, or occupy a more moral ambivalence where an understanding of consciousness or sentience is attributed to a live physical entity which we had previously only regarded as being “merely an object” ie the space between object/being. Basically liminal life is any form of life that challenges and alters the very nature of the concept of the human being, but also the contours of human life.
Recently, there was some discussion about AI programs that automatically scored student essays (Edx):
But this is an amplified battlefield. So AI is a resource not only for “graders” (professors) but to the ones being evaluated (students).
Here comes the Dr. Essay Automated Essay Generator, a commercial service that works fine (test it by yourself).
Wondering which grades will the “grader” AI give to the “writer” AI…. and if we will ever stop and think why professors have to read and grade so many essays per week and students write so many essays too.
GML, or Graffiti Markup Language, is an open file format designed to store graffiti motion data. It’s been used in projects like the EyeWriter, Graffiti Analysis, DustTag, and Laser Tag, all of which have been uploading GML tags to000000book.com, a site/database where graffiti writers are encouraged to share tags and computer programmers are invited to create new visualizations based on the resulting data. The project aims to bring together two seemingly disparate communities that share an interest hacking systems, whether through code or in the city.
Currently, there are over 40,000 tags in the #000000book database. For the F.A.T. GOLD exhibition currently on display at Eyebeam, artist Theo Watson redrew these tags back into physical space. The cascading display showcases tags in chronological order, from the very first ones drawn by Tempt1, to the most recent captured by a variety of GML-powered apps.
“The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories,” said Andreessen. “People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.” It’s a glib remark—but increasingly true.
So how do we deal with this trend? [ …] . For now, sadly, your safest bet is to be a technologist and/or own capital, and use all this automation to grab a bigger-than-ever share of a pie that continues to expand.
The Kiva robotic warehouse sytem. Orginal from here.
“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together o…
“The biggest challenge in big data today is asking the right questions of data”