Thursday, November 29, 2007
When Brooks' ideas are placed in context with Wicked Problems, (Wicked problems are complex problems that change when you apply a solution.) interesting and unexpected connections between the two concepts arise as findings show that wicked problem solutions were “significantly better across all three quality ratings...originality, feasibility, and effectiveness” when respondents voiced their solutions as individuals and not as part of a group (Note, the experiment involved asking members of a large group to solve the WP problem.) When viewed in this light, Brooks' notion of flexible, right sized groups that encourage open ended communications from the get go work best on any multi person project including those involving Wicked Problems.
Addendum: Click here to get another take on WP.
The implications of this techology cannot be understated as "Dr Hossein Sarrafzadeh at the Auckland-based Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences states...'With rising demand for long-distance learning and online tutoring, a computer programe capable of detecting human emotions may become a critical teaching tool.' ”
When this tech is combined with good course content, Virtual Eve will become a big time hit. To see a video of her in action, click here.
The age of Idoru is nigh.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
The book's great and François Truffaut's movie is intriguing but that's not the reason for this piece, the size of the TV screen is as it's wall sized, flat and high res, a huge artifact that blows one away when looking at the film. The rez and flat part are there in today's LED affairs but wall size is not conceivable using this tech (too expensive, too fragile) but where this is a will, there is a way as stated in Technology Review's article titled Printing Cheap Chips.
Using Ink Jet related technology, companies like Kovio are printing sophisticated circuits on thin films at low cost. Because this tech scales, the ability to print truly thin wall size displays becomes real, something that the Sony's of the world are pursuing at breakneck speeds as the market for this kind of energy efficient tech goes beyond huge in the emerging world of the long emergency.
Couch Potatoes of the World Unite - :)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Click on the OM keyboard to go to the Art. Lebedev Studio, the Russian outfit that's creating this extreme hardware.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The big thing about this is the fact that because the stem cells will be produced by the person who needs them, tissue rejection is no longer an issue, thus opening the door to medical advancements in disease treatment and organ regeneration that remained the stuff of dreams before this approach to stem cell generation became available.
Click on the above graphic to get Physorg's perspective on this achievement, something that even Bush praised as a step in the right direction.
Addendum: Hurdles remain for this new technique but researches are confident this approach to creating stem cells will work as articulated by a recent Physorg report that can be accessed by clicking on the graphic below.
"God must be a boogy man." - Joni Mitchell
Sunday, November 18, 2007
"One must see the underlying relations among tangible and intangible things in order to successfully negotiate the world." - RM
Optic Flow has been around for a long time starting with great artists like Albrecht Durer and Leonardo da Vinci
playing around with perspective to add depth and realism to their work as did Vermeer, the Dutch master who probably used the Camera Obscura to insure physical accuracy when creating his exquisite paintings.
To learn more about this fascinating subject, check out research from Centeye, Brown University and Action Research.
The road beckons.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
What's cool about this is that according to Lisi, the theory is simple, elegant and may be experimentally verifiable when Cern's new Hadron Collider goes online in 2008/9. The other thing that's cool is Lisi himself, a guy who surfs and snowboards and is unattached to any university. The paper itself is just 31 pages long and is filled with graphs and charts that show how E8 and the numbers work together, something that Einstein intuitively understood when he changed how man looks at the cosmos. "What's it like to ride on a beam of light?"
Addendum: Check out Lisi's video here. Needless to say, it rocks.
Check out Lisi's site. That too is outragous.
"It's not what you say, it's what you don't say that counts." - Dizzy Gillespie
Thursday, November 15, 2007
"By studying army ants — as well as birds, fish, locusts and other swarming animals — Dr. Couzin and his colleagues are starting to discover simple rules that allow swarms to work so well. Those rules allow thousands of relatively simple animals to form a collective brain able to make decisions and move like a single organism.
When it comes to us humans, swarming behavior does apply.
As Dr. Couzin’s model predicted, the human swarm made a quick, unconscious decision about which way to go. People tended to follow the largest group of leaders, even if it contained only one additional person."Boids, a program used to generate one of the truly great 1987 CG shorts called Stanley & Stella "Breaking the Ice".
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Self directed learning is the new mantra as the Top Down Model begins to die off. Also, as seen by this video, one learns the difference between corporate education and public is truly profound. See why in this informative segment from Everything's Alive.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Does that matter? It won't if the story rocks. If the story punts, the movie's done for no matter how great the effects may be. (i.e. Pirates III, Matrix II & III tanked critically but made money anyway while Fantasy died an unpleasant death at the box office.)
The USAToday article covers CG and its relationship to film very well with referrals to The Fantasy Within and Terminator 2 along with an aside to Sin City a personal favorite, in describing how CG and 3D imaging can be seamlessy integrated with film making in a wide variety of ways. Whether Beowulf succeeds or not is not that big a deal as the die is cast because digital processing will continue to lower costs in making film just as it has in video, sound and imaging.
As a follow up, check out the Science Daily article which states that "The line between the Quantum and Classical worlds is at the scale of one Hydrogen Molecule."
As a means of further explanation, check out Physorg's take. "The big world of classical physics mostly seems sensible: waves are waves and particles are particles, and the moon rises whether anyone watches or not. The tiny quantum world is different: particles are waves (and vice versa), and quantum systems remain in a state of multiple possibilities until they are measured -- which amounts to an intrusion by an observer from the big world -- and forced to choose: the exact position or momentum of an electron, say."
If that was not bad enough, see what happens when just One Particle is examined.
Grasshopper, imagine the sound of one hand clapping.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
In any case, the consequences are dire if we don't deal with this potentially horrific situation NOW.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Short and sweet, Free Reading.Net will change how young kids learn how to read. This site rocks and is a must see for anyone who has young children who need to learn the basics in knowing how to read. Awesome site, it will have a tremendous impact on education to be sure.
Addendum. According to USA Today, "Schools spent $4.4 billion for textbooks in the 2006-07 school year, according to Eduventures."
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
When this is connected to WiMax and the 700 MHZ Spectrum, true 24/7 open access wireless connectivity will come to the world.
To get an idea of just how huge this announcement is, click on the above graphic. The implications go beyond imagination.
Click here for Forbes' take on this. Click here to see why Open Source will rule. And last but not least, here's the NYTimes report on this event.
It's about time.
"researchers call the material “insect tape” because its adhesive properties come from a pattern of microstructures that are inspired by insect feet. The team, composed of evolutionary biomaterials researchers from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Stuttgart, Germany, and biologically inspired robotics researchers from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, US, analyzed more than 300 different species of insects to determine the optimal properties for a man-made adhesive."
Needless to say, this product will sell like crazy if it works as intended and the price point makes the item affordable.
Addendum: I bet Sticky Feet will be one of the monikers manufacturers use when marketing this product, especially if they use an outrageous graphic like the one seen at the top of this article. "Insect Tape" just doesn't cut it in these days of excessive hype and endless sloganeering.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
"The interior (of the Black Hole) becomes a universe of its own," Böhmer says. Instead of matter falling into a singularity, it would travel forever through this Nariai universe, which it would experience as infinite in size – even though it fits inside a black hole of finite size.The other set of solutions they came up with were for a tunnel-like connection between the mouths of two black holes. The tunnel is reminiscent of a wormhole, a hypothetical feature of space-time that connects two distance points via a shortcut. In this case, it's not clear yet what would happen to matter inside, but it could oscillate back and forth inside of the two-mouthed black hole.
Through the Rabbit Hole we go....