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September 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toddler Intelligence Learning

Toddler Intelligence Learning

The Baby-X Toddler simulation at the Creators Project.    Getting smarter every day, they say.  But I do wonder about what the real measure is.  True deep AI is teaching something to learn from available knowledge and in context


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bad Data Handbook

Bad Data Handbook

I like the book title premise. Having just been involved in a project that included dealing with bad data, however it is defined.    Also to be considered:  Data and metadata that is not or miss-connected to data in use. Or stated


From Apophenia

What is Privacy?

What is Privacy?

Earlier this week, Anil Dash wrote a smart piece unpacking the concept of “public.” He opens with some provocative questions about how we imagine the public, highlighting how new technologies that make heightened visibility possible


From Schneier on Security

Pencil-and-Paper Codes Used by Central American Criminal Gangs

Pencil-and-Paper Codes Used by Central American Criminal Gangs

No mention of how good the codes are. My guess is not very....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data for Grocery

Big Data for Grocery

Comments on grocery and loyalty data:" ... Today's technology offers supermarkets new ways to use the growing sea of customer loyalty data to their advantage as competition grows. Instant coupons and mobile promotions generated


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Corporate Drones

More Corporate Drones

Yet another example of corporations building drone programs.  Here Google's Project Wing.  I guess this is cheaper, and apparently safer than a fleet of aircraft.  Looser regulations for now.  So will the sky soon fill up with


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 1 September 2014

Interesting Links 1 September 2014

Nothing like easing into the new school year. Last week was a four day week and so is this week. Today being Labor Day in the US most schools are closed. Here in New England and in fact much of the US tomorrow is the traditional


From Putting People First

Pew Internet research: 15 theses about the digital future in 2025

Pew Internet research: 15 theses about the digital future in 2025

A canvassing of 2,558 experts and technology builders about where we will stand by the year 2025 finds striking patterns in their predictions, reports the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. In their responses, these experts