April 22, 2015

Machine Dreams
The Machine is designed to overcome these problems by scrapping the distinction between storage and memory. A single large store of memory based on HP’s memristors will both hold data and make it available for the processor. Combining memory and storage isn’t a new idea, but there hasn’t yet been a nonvolatile memory technology fast enough to make it practical, says Tsu-Jae King Liu, a professor who studies microelectronics at the University of California, Berkeley. Liu is an advisor to Crossbar, a startup working on a memristor-like memory technology known as resistive RAM. It and a handful of other companies are developing the technology as a direct replacement for flash memory in existing computer designs. HP is alone, however, in saying its devices are ready to change computers more radically.

Top 10 Humanoid Robots Designed To Match Human Capabilities And Emotions
Some are predicting that robots of all types could fully replace humans by 2045. Artificial intelligence is now advancing to a point where a new type of brain can be offered to complement the relatively menial tasks of modern-day robotics, hinting at the next stage of machine evolution. The current list of robots designed over the last few years to match human capability demonstrate what is described above could become reality sooner than we think ... ASIMO, with his space-suit looking appearance, is cheerful and endearing. He has paved the way for many subsequent walking, human-like robots, but still holds his own as an advanced and powerful robot.

Why Combined Heat and Power Makes Sense for Data Centers
Generally, CHP engines are 40-percent efficient in the way they convert fuel into energy, according to Waldron. An average utility is 33 percent efficient. Energy is lost in the generation process, transmission, and transformers on the user’s property. With a 40-percent efficient engine, the remaining 60 percent of energy takes the form of heat, which an absorption chiller converts into chilled water. Coincidentally, the amount of chilled water a 40-percent efficient engine can produce this way is about equivalent to the amount of chilled water needed to cool the servers it powers, Waldron said. “It’s an interesting balance,” he said. “No-one designed the engine in that way. It just happened that way.”

GetReal Says Stop Messaging, Just Meet
Of course, being freshly launched, GetReal’s immediate hurdle is the network effect. The bootstrapping developer behind the startup, Arnaud Meunier — a U.S.-based former engineering manager at Twitter who was acqui-hired in 2010, when Twitter bought his prior startup Twitoaster, leaving in 2014 to work on GetReal — has to spoof his location to mine so I can see how the interface works. When he’s not around there’s no one else near me in London to try to meet. He says he’s been testing the project for two months with a beta group of around 200 users. The initial focus has been New York City and San Francisco — owing to the obvious pool of “tech industry people, willing and constantly needing to grow their networks”.

Java gets browser eviction notices from Spartan and Chrome 42
For most users, the removal of NPAPI is a welcome change -- modern web design is now focused on HTML5 and JavaScript, removing the need for additional plugins, which are often fraught with security vulnerabilities and memory leaks, or a measurably negative impact on battery life. That is not to say that these changes will bring about the end of all plugins. In Chrome, Flash support is contained in the new PPAPI plugin system. Oracle has not provided a PPAPI-compatible plugin for Java, nor has Microsoft for Silverlight. PPAPI is not a standardized technology -- it is only supported in Chrome and Opera, and Mozilla has no plans to include it in Firefox. For Windows 10, a new plugin system for Spartan is planned, but details have not yet been made available.

Why the journey to IPv6 is still the road less traveled
The new protocol, which is expected to provide more addresses than users will ever need, has made deep inroads at some big Internet companies and service providers, especially mobile operators. Yet it still drives less than 10 percent of the world’s traffic. This is despite evidence that migrating to IPv6 can simplify networks and even speed up the Web experience. The good news is that for ordinary enterprises, it can be just a matter of asking your ISP (Internet service provider) or hosting company for IPv6 service. Many of the major ISPs and CDNs (content delivery networks) are equipped to provide both IPv4 and IPv6 connections to a customer’s website, allowing partners and potential customers to reach it over the new technology if they have it.

How big will the connected vehicle market be?
“Connected vehicles have enormous potential to provide drivers with increased situational awareness of upcoming hazards and congestion,” he explained in Navigant’s latest study on the topic. “Automakers and governments are striving to meet consumer demands for safer cars with lower emissions and energy consumption,” Abuelsamid said. “This push is driving the development of a number of crucial technologies, including electrification and automated driving systems that rely on real-time data to vehicles, drivers, and pedestrians, through connected vehicle systems as V2X.”

Using Storytelling in Organizational Change
Obviously storytelling is not the single, sanctifying skill any leader or professional should master. The pitfall lies in believing that a story will help you get away with anything or that it is the key that will fit any door. A pitfall that has to do with the nature of the story you are telling is the temptation to make it all sound easy or spectacular. Robert McKee, an advisor to many award winning Hollywood storywriters, says we should never star an ‘overdog’ and that we should never star ourselves. It’s good to share successes but what people really want to hear is that you – or whoever the protagonist is – are also vulnerable. That you also face bad luck, that you also have to fight your inner demons, etc. Your story must draw them into empathy or identification with you. No identification, no connection.

Zurich Insurance turns to augmented reality to train 10,000 managers
Zurich, which is making a multi-million investment in learning technology, is developing mobile phone apps that will track a manager’s training and direct them to materials tailored to their style of learning. The technology is expected to come into its own during classroom-based training sessions, when managers will be able to point their phones at a poster or a “learning card” that could take them to a video, an online training course, or a book that could offer more in-depth information. “The challenge with training 50 people is how you direct them. Augmented reality allows people to self-direct. They can point a phone at a poster and get more information on coaching, for example,” said Neubauer.

EU data protection reform triggers privacy warning
The council is discussing changes to the new data protection regulation. The European Commission made the original proposal for a new regulation, which the European Parliament adopted with slight changes in March last year. However, while the original plan was well-defined and included strong data protections, documents leaked about the council's plans in March show that it is trying to destroy key elements of the original proposal, according to an analysis by European civil rights group EDRi, which wrote the email on behalf of the rights organizations. For instance, the council proposes to allow companies to collect personal data under a "legitimate interest" exception, which means that a company does not need to get an individual's consent to gather personal information if it feels it has a legitimate reason to do so.

Quote for the day:

"Make a decision to keep pressing forward. Keep believing and keep stretching until you see your dream fulfilled." -- Joel Osteen

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