05 mai 2019

The ‘Less Sexy Side’ of A.I.: Why Amazon Employees Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Techno-News BlogWhen users ask Alexa about their mysterious rash, or to turn off the lights, they might not expect someone else to be listening.  A.I. needs human input—and human reviewers—to become smarter. More...

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Udacity restructures operations, lays off 20 percent of its workforce

Techno-News BlogUdacity, the $1 billion online education startup, has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce and is restructuring its operations as the company’s co-founder Sebastian Thrun seeks to bring costs in line with revenue without curbing growth, TechCrunch has learned. More...

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30 avril 2019

A new Technology in Search of Viable Business Models

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.
Sheri Crofts, Jon Dilley, Mark Fox, Andrew Retsema, and Bob Williams: Podcasting: A new Technology in Search of Viable Business Models, First Monday September 1, 2005
You know, it's funny how the first question always seems to be, "how can we make money off it?" I look at podcasting, and what I see is a way to do something I couldn't before: to preserve my talks and make them available to a wider audience. More...

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Google Extends Book Scanning Operation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.
Susan Kuchinskas: Google Extends Book Scanning Operation, CNet News.Com September 1, 2005
Google's book scanning project is rolling ahead. "On Tuesday, the search goliath rolled out stand-alone book search services in 14 countries. The same day, the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) became the latest publishers' organization to call Google's opt-out strategy backwards. More...

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Gizmo SIP client hopes to break Skype silo

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Gizmo SIP client hopes to break Skype silo
I like Skype a lot, but as others have noted, Skype needs to be open, so that we're not all depending on this one company. This item links to Lindows (aka Linspire) producer Michael Robertson's attempt to break that silo, Gizmo. More...

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Google Video Launches Today

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Video Launches Today
Still some bumps to smooth out, but Google's video search launches today. Google's special video viewer, based on the open source VLC Viewer, installed easily but is for Windows only (no doubt ports will soon be available). Second, despite having signed on a number of providers ("PBS, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Learning Channel") all the searches I tried resulted only in screenshots and a "video not available" message. More...

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Google Earth – Explore, Search and Discover

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Earth – Explore, Search and Discover
Google scores again with Google Earth - now free - which is essentially a three-dimensional representation of the entire Earth. "Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips." Toss your old paper-based atlas into the dustbin. More...

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Microsoft and RSS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Microsoft and RSS
The big news today is Microsoft's announcement that it will embrace RSS and its release, under a Creative Commons license, of an extension to the protocol to allow for ordered lists. There has been some scepticism in the blogosphere, justified scepticism based on the way Microsoft has trashed standards in the past. More...

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Microsoft works on own BitTorrent

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Microsoft works on own BitTorrent
I don't know, I just find it ironic when I read items like this to think of how much Microsoft complains about piracy and digital rights and all that other stuff intended to protect the creators of ideas and innovation. More...

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29 avril 2019

Google Translator: The Universal Language

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Translator: The Universal Language
How close are we getting to usable automatic translation? Close enough that translation companies are getting worried." What does the Google Browser do when it encounters a Japanese page? It will show you an English version of it. You wouldn’t even notice it’s Japanese, except for text contained within graphics or Flash, and a little icon Google might show that indicates Auto-translation has been triggered. More...

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