Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 19, 2014 10:39 am
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans - InformationWeek

techheat:

Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research …

Via InformationWeek

I find the headline misleading.  If you read the article, it seems to be more specific scenarios that scare people rather than the idea of drones and wearables themselves.  Besides that I think drones have gotten a bad rep in that everyone at least subconsciously associates them with their military application.

January 5, 2014 10:44 pm

Film Recommendation: Her (2013)

While this is a technology blog, I just wanted to take some time to recommend a movie that I feel those who think like me would enjoy.  I saw “Her” about a week ago at one of the few theater’s it has been released in and was absolutely floored.  I don’t believe I have seen a film so well thought out and human in years.  Like all great science fiction stories, it is more about ourselves than the advanced technology it is predicting.  That is not to say it doesn’t do a brilliant job visualizing where we are going with information technology.  There are more than a handful of moments that I chuckled at how easily I could see a machine being used like the movie does in the future or at how the characters reacted to what they had.  The performances are excellent, both the ones we can see in the perfectly awkward Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams as well as just the voice of Scarlett Johansson.  This is a concept that could have fallen apart with any single misstep but all of the actors keep it perfectly believable.  Not to downplay the excellence of Spike Jonze’s writing and direction which as I said earlier display some of the best thought out work I’ve seen in years.  Ultimately, it is a brilliant statement to what we are looking for in terms of love and satisfaction in the information age, something that has been discussed and pondered often today and all of time before it.  In a season of many excellent looking movies, I implore you to please not pass this movie up and check it out as I have never been so sure a movie has something that everyone can relate to.

5/5 stars (for those that prefer numerical rating systems)

December 8, 2013 1:34 pm
"Big companies want to be more like startups, seeing innovation as vital to future profits. Young says they’ll want “corporate disorganizers” who can introduce a little “organized chaos.” Young says: “The disruptor will be tapping into the new systems of the collaborative economy, creating greater fragmentation and a more distributed ecosystem.”"

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025 (via futuristgerd)

Most of these jobs are just silly but I liked the one highlighted in this quote.  I really doubt it would be called “Corporate Disorganizer” but I can see something like an “Alternative Engineer” where they just explore other possible ways of doing things.

(via emergentfutures)

June 17, 2013 10:41 pm
NSA-proof encryption exists. Why doesn’t anyone use it?

Personally I’m one of the seemingly few people that are of 2 minds on the issue of what should/shouldn’t be private. However, I think this article really illustrates the irony of how the internet developed. In the 90s they knew this would become huge and adopted by the general public, but thought that would require the general public adapting to how the technology works. As it turned out, the technology had to be adapted to be used by the general public. This is something that should be considered in all design and if it was maybe we would have started with a better encryption method that would have allowed us to control our privacy with the ease of using the big social media applications. Also, I guess in Britain cyberpunk is referred to as cypherpunk?

December 15, 2012 2:32 am
perceivingpatterns:

Ray Kurzweil joins Google as director of engineering
The famed futurist will focus on machine learning and language processing, he says on his Web site.
Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor and futurist, said today that he would join Google, starting Monday, to work on “some of the hardest problems in computer science.”
Kurzweil’s title will be director of engineering. In a long statement on his Web site, he said he would focus on machine learning and language processing:
“I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions. I’ve always worked to create practical systems that will make a difference in people’s lives, which is what excites me as an inventor.
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I’m kind of surprised, indications as of late seem to lean towards Google starting to shed it’s “whimsical” side. I could see him being big on the glass project.

perceivingpatterns:

Ray Kurzweil joins Google as director of engineering

The famed futurist will focus on machine learning and language processing, he says on his Web site.

Ray Kurzweil, the famed inventor and futurist, said today that he would join Google, starting Monday, to work on “some of the hardest problems in computer science.”

Kurzweil’s title will be director of engineering. In a long statement on his Web site, he said he would focus on machine learning and language processing:

“I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, among other inventions. I’ve always worked to create practical systems that will make a difference in people’s lives, which is what excites me as an inventor.

Read more

I’m kind of surprised, indications as of late seem to lean towards Google starting to shed it’s “whimsical” side. I could see him being big on the glass project.

April 21, 2012 11:32 pm February 22, 2012 8:24 pm
Look, no hands! The driverless future of driving is here – What's Next - CNN.com Blogs

While I don’t hate driving, I personally would be all for this. However I feel the article fails to mention the special interests that would most certainly be vehemently against this. Without liable drivers how many police officers, truck drivers and even lawyers would be looking at less jobs and lighter wallets? Unfortunately we’ve created a culture that is dependent on misfortune and too many are dependent on that for this to not receive too much backlash for it to go through.

February 15, 2012 8:45 pm
How Developers Are Shaping the Future of Music

Really cool culture developing here. The music industry has a tendency to come off as desperately clinging to their old model so to see events like ‘Music Hack Day’ is a good sign they’re opening up to the right direction. You can also see this sort of culture developing with applications like Soundcloud and Spotify taking steps to become more of a platform recently. Very excited to see how things will progress in the near and long-term future.

November 29, 2011 1:16 am
What Comes Next: Now is a great time to be an internet entrepreneur

Some good points, the question is are we better off as “free-lance” employees?  It seems like this would give the individual more power, but it could backfire into making it easier for companies to pass off responsibility.  It also seems a little messy that we’re heading in a direction where all the different parts of a piece of software are handled by different companies.  Seems like an integration nightmare.  However, with the growing popularity of Software as a Service and APIs there has never been a better time.

November 27, 2010 7:48 pm