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Push to buy: Amazon’s Dash Buttons Turn Your House into a Store

So, what if you’re forgetful and push the button several times?

For some people (like me?) this might be a bad idea. I can see someone having ten boxes of detergent delivered to their door.

Maybe it should come with a mini air horn to alert you when it’s already been ordered. That would keep grandpa and the kids away from it, lol. Or, not.

From the article:

Imagine you’re doing laundry (sorry, it’s not a fun daydream scenario). You notice you’re running low on detergent. You could either make a mental note to pick some up at the store, whip out your phone and place an online order, or, easiest of all, press a button that will automatically send your favorite brand to your doorstep. Amazon’s hoping the last option is the one that gets you excited.

Remember this? I loved this cartoon. And why, because of all the technology.

FaceNet: Creepy and Fascinating


Google: Our New System for Recognizing Faces is the Best One Ever

From the article:

“I never forget a face,” some people like to boast. It’s a claim that looks quainter by the day as artificial intelligence research continues to advance. Some computers, it turns out, never forget 260 million faces.


FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a massive 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.


As consumer robots, driverless cars and smart homes become real, deep learning will be there, too, providing the eyes, ears, and some of the brains for our new toys. DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense’s research agency, is also investigating how deep learning techniques might be able to help it make sense of the streams of communications crossing intelligence networks everyday.

Seven Years Ago…


Harvard Microrobotic Fly (2008)

 I always wonder…  If this was from seven years ago. What is the technology like now…?

In the beginning of the video is the word Veritas. I was curious what it meant. So…

From Wikipedia:

In Roman mythology, Veritas, meaning truth, was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. It was believed that she hid in the bottom of a holy well because she was so elusive. Her image is shown as a young virgin dressed in white.


Fascinating Wi-Fi Technology


One Man Hears Wi-Fi Wherever He Walks

From the article:

A man who is going deaf can now ‘hear’ Wi-Fi wherever he walks.

London-based science writer Frank Swain, 32, was first diagnosed with early onset hearing loss when he was in his 20s. In 2012, he was fitted with hearing aids.

Mr Swain says he was inspired to hack his hearing aids from the first day he received the devices.

This fascinates me because I have hearing loss. Although I would think that the extra “noise” would drive you nuts after a while?

Phones That Do the Thinking for You?


New Mobile Tech Makes Music to Suit Moods

From the article:

Scientists at a Norwegian university have come up with a novel way to use your body language and mobile phone to create special musical playlists based on your emotional state.

Computer scientists and musicologists at the University of Oslo have developed new software that lets music lovers add their own personal touch to their music.

This reminds me of a guy I knew who told me that all of life should have background music. As much as I love music I am thankful that life isn’t that way.

Personally, I think people need some downtime from their electronic gadgets. And I think that as I am using my computer, lol.