I'm extremely excited about this area: So excited, in fact, that I've made it into my day job. For the past several months, I've been focusing on this full-time, and this is what I expect to be spending the next several years on: making "ambient computing" -- computing that is seamlessly present wherever you are, so easily accessible that you barely even realize that you're interacting with a computer -- a worldwide reality.
You may not know this, but before working on Google's social products, I spent years building major chunks of our search systems and our systems infrastructure; the "universal computer" has long been a dream of mine.
I often tell people that "any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." That's more than just a quip: the defining feature of magic is that it transforms your wish for what the world should be like into physical reality, without you having to perform any intervening steps. ("Abracadabra" is not just a nonsense word: it's Aramaic, "avra ke-davra," "may it come to pass as I have spoken." It's all about your words turning into reality.)
To achieve that, we have to go far beyond simple things like search: we have to have systems that make it easy for people to interact with and extend the assistant to do everything conceivable. That's where I'm spending my time, and I'm looking forward to being able to tell people more in the future!
Here we go again. A decade ago, it was online video that changed everything. Now virtual reality is set to change the world once more. As we approach the Q1 2016 Oculus Rift release date, you can literally see and feel the excitement build on a weekly basis.
As Belgium went through its third day of lockdown and life refused to return to normal for many people social media proved itself, once more, the connective thread of expression amongst people who needed to keep their spirit up, feel a sense of community even when isolated and form a united front.
Requested by authorities not to Tweet anything that might compromise security measures or warn suspects in advance of police and security forces personnel moves, Belgians still found a way to feel that they too were doing their bit. They recruited kittenz to help them out (of course) and in the process created another instanced of people being people, refusing to be cowed. Dive in and enjoy the thread: http://goo.gl/LpZy0M
Beijing has set up a system to rank each citizen's trustworthiness, not just for financial dealings but as a member of society. This article from says that #China is eyeing the system's effectiveness for possible implementation nationwide.
First of all, the idea of "a single number ranking each citizen" across all of their roles and interactions is crazy. But my second thought was that for such a number to fairly represent a person, a very advanced semantic search engine would be required — something which I doubt China has (yet).
I'm curious whether anyone else saw this news and what you think of it.
Be sure to watch the video on the Syrian conflict too. It's quite informative.
The teaching value of this game is fairly limited, though. Most of the Hitlers we encounter aren't particularly secret at all.
WhatsApp’s 900 million monthly active users don’t even comprise the majority of global messaging users. There are 2.5 billion people in the world on messaging apps today, meaning that messaging is 25% larger than social media in terms of registered users. More surprising is that messaging growth has just begun, and an estimated 1.1 billion new users will onboard by 2018. The takeaway here is that messaging is much more ubiquitous than even WhatsApp numbers would suggest.
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