Hello, I am Robert G. Male. Welcome to TechStop. Here you will find links that I think are of interest.
Furthermore these are links that I want to keep track of because they have given me either ideas or some other form of
inspiration for my writing. Links are listed in order lowest to highest both in the date they are given and the order
in which they appear (meaning: read them from the bottom up for a certain day's list). Some of these sites may require
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November 20, 2008
3) Kindle Economics
Tags: e-books, economics, economies of scale,
implementation, implications, readers, software,
- What is interesting to a technology and horror geek about this article? The Kindle itself
is not horribly interesting actually. For the price a netbook would be better given the software for reading e-books is readily
available, and the machine does much more than the Kindle. Still it is an interesting gadget. What is more interesting is that
the device will or even has started changing the game for e-books and the idea of putting college textbooks on the Kindle can
only be a big push in that direction of greater e-book acceptance. The economies of scale angle is also of interest, how when
looking at the overall numbers things really add up substantially (a core essential of economies of scale).
2) Radar Networks opens Twine to the world with version 1.0
Tags: communities, dissemination, knowledge,
popular determination, productivity, research,
semantic web, social network.
- Twine as detailed here is not a social network, but an interest network, a semantic web driven
site/tool that allows people to follow lines of links on specific topics. People go to websites, see things of interesting, add them
to a twine for a specific subject (or multiple subjects) and leave a comment about the site, its value to them for the subject, etc.
Sound familiar? This is kind of like a storm in teacup, a limited sampling right now of just the edge of what will be possible in
a full cohesive semantic web.
1) Gundam cartoon academy to turn science fiction into reality in Japan
Tags: advancement, communities, experimental,
future, implementation, knowledge, military,
project, research, science, technology.
- Gundam is more than a TV show or a series of TV series or series of manga series, it's a full,
sprawling setting inside which several anime and manga take place. While not particularly hard science fiction, there is enough science
and technology thought put in that now, as this article shows, people in Japan are using it as a launching point to direct research and
try to make the advancements in what these areas of academics can achieve with a Gundam's eye view of the future.
November 13, 2008
3) Augmented reality
Tags: advancement, augmented reality, concept,
integrations, optical recognition, pattern recognition,
research, technology, ubiquitous computing.
- This is an amazing concept. Some of it is currently seen on TV right now. Some of the coloured
lineson the football field on TV broadcasts are not really there. They are put in place by a computer system. That is a pretty primitive
example of the concept. The full context of what this augmented reality will do is impressive to say the least. It will change things,
bring down barriers, and turn the world into a brave new frontier. The possibilities are myraid and the fodder from many great ideas and
scenarios in fiction let alone in the real world.
2) Intel CEO previews new handheld gadget [video] (7:18)
Tags: augmented reality, concept, integrations,
optical recognition, pattern recognition, research,
technology, translation, ubiquitous computing.
- This video doesn't involve a particularly new concept, but it is a good concept and the device
is closer to production now. What the technology will mean is more important than who makes and what device it on. When it comes out
things will change. At the same time the technology itself is important for a more life changing technology called augmented reality.
For a look at this augmented reality see above.
1) Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With...
Tags: arms race, demonstration, experimental,
man-machine interface, medicine, military,
power armour, robotics, science, technogoly.
- Power armour come forth! The most important parts are falling into place. The timetable still isn't
clear, but more importantly, civilian uses and those that help rather than harm are coming about first. Of course power armour may be less
practical than people imagine, especially when full on robots can take the battlefield.
November 06, 2008
3) Is George Ou right?
Tags: collaboration, communication, connections,
future, implications, integrations, learning,
merit, semantic web, social network, technology.
- It's one thing to talk about getting children involved with technology earlier and earlier. It's
another to talk about in terms of how well the technology integrates into their young lives, what implications it has as they grow up with it
compared to earlier generations that have had to deal with the connectedness of the modern world being thrust onto them. This article barely
touches on the futurist possibilities, but how will kids/people work together better than now as the current technology advances and the
effects of social networking ripple through merging work and private lives in ways just being glimpsed now? What of other integrations being
added to the mix as software becomes more powerful and intelligent?
2) DARPA Contract Description Hints at Advanced Video Spying
Tags: arms race, connotations, DARPA,
data, identification, intrigue, knowledge,
obscurity, security, spies, surveillance,
- Big brother is watching, and its pulling in more and more data. It knows more with every technological
advance forward. What are the connotations of a surveillance society? Since everything of this sort leads to an arm race between security
forces and the criminal element what will the criminals do to circumvent this? What spy tactics already available will be used to thwart
identification? Then how will those exploits be countered?
1) Smart fabrics and interactive textiles
Tags: application, business model, concept,
display, dissemination, e-paper, implications,
sensors, smart fabric, social network.
- This is a concept that goes back a while. It even ended up featured in my novel. There
are a number of things to explore between these smart fabrics and e-paper. The interactivity of things is one that may be a
little hard to fathom. The possible applications are many and varied, especially where sensors are involved. What are the
implications of these technologies for advertising, social networking, future business models, et al?
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