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I'm a retired CPA who spent the majority of his working career in technology companies. My work included management stints at Atari Inc, Daisy Systems Corp, Symantec Corp and Visio Corp. My last position at Visio (VSIO) was as CFO and VP Finance and Operations.
  • Microsoft Advanced Research Luminaries

    Eric Horvitz on the new era of Artificial Intelligence

    • Competition between Cortana, Siri and Google Now is good for field with competition improving pace of development.
    • Over 25% of all MSFT R&D spending and focus is on machine and artificial intelligence.
    • Artificial intelligence will lead to original and creative thought.
    • Movie "Her" discussion led to disclosure the Eric has an virtual intelligent computer assistant (Monica) that spans devices. Part of a project called "situated interaction".
    • Bonded Optimality.
    • Machine Learning vs Machine Intelligence.
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Intelligence importance for taking data and transforming to predictive intelligence. Touched on multi-modal systems.
    • AI and machine learning will ensure privacy itself by determining how much information is needed in each situation.

    Hrvoje Benko on Bringing Your Living Spaces to Life with Augmented Reality

    • Projector cameras used in a networked space for shared augmented reality on the fly.
    • 3D projected images similar to holograms.
    • Mouse 2.0 (Touch Mouse)
    • Virtual gaming with augmented reality visuals.
    • Multi-touch sphere project.
    • Multi-viewer displays where pixels will vary based upon the viewer.
    • Pairing multiple screens still an opportunity.
    John Platt on AI, Cortana, and Project Adam
    • Deep learning vs AI vs machine learning.
    • Image and speech deep learning search.
    • Cortana dialog vs search engine.
    • Adam is distributed system that trains large scale neural networks.

    Others here

    May 26 10:03 AM | Link | Comment!
  • MIT Technology Review: V2V Communication

    Car-to-Car Communication

    A simple wireless technology promises to make driving much safer

    Availability: 1-2 years

    Breakthrough

    • Cars that can talk to each other to avoid crashes.

    Why It Matters

    • More than a ­million people are killed on roads worldwide every year.

    Key Players

    • General Motors
    • University of Michigan
    • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Hariharan Krishnan hardly looks like a street racer. With thin-rimmed glasses and a neat mustache, he reminds me of a math teacher. And yet on a sunny day last September, he was speeding, seemingly recklessly, around the parking lot at General Motors' research center in Warren, Michigan, in a Cadillac DTS.

    I was in the passenger seat as Krishnan wheeled around a corner and hit the gas. A moment later a light flashed on the dashboard, there was a beeping sound, and our seats started buzzing furiously. Krishnan slammed on the brakes, and we lurched to a stop just as another car whizzed past from the left, its approach having been obscured by a large hedge. "You can see I was completely blinded," he said calmly.

    The technology that warned of the impending collision will start appearing in cars in just a couple of years. Called car-to-car or vehicle-to-vehicle communication, it lets cars broadcast their position, speed, steering-wheel position, brake status, and other data to other vehicles within a few hundred meters. The other cars can use such information to build a detailed picture of what's unfolding around them, revealing trouble that even the most careful and alert driver, or the best sensor system, would miss or fail to anticipate.

    Already many cars have instruments that use radar or ultrasound to detect obstacles or vehicles. But the range of these sensors is limited to a few car lengths, and they cannot see past the nearest obstruction.

    Car-to-car communication should also have a bigger impact than the advanced vehicle automation technologies that have been more widely heralded. Though self-driving cars could eventually improve safety, they remain imperfect and unproven, with sensors and software too easily bamboozled by poor weather, unexpected obstacles or circumstances, or complex city driving. Simply networking cars together wirelessly is likely to have a far bigger and more immediate effect on road safety.

    Creating a car-to-car network is still a complex challenge. The computers aboard each car process the various readings being broadcast by other vehicles 10 times every second, each time calculating the chance of an impending collision. Transmitters use a dedicated portion of wireless spectrum as well as a new wireless standard, 802.11p, to authenticate each message.

    Krishnan took me through several other car-to-car safety scenarios in the company's parking lot. When he started slowly pulling into a parking spot occupied by another car, a simple alert sounded. When he attempted a risky overtaking maneuver, a warning light flashed and a voice announced: "Oncoming vehicle!"

    More than five million crashes occur on U.S. roads alone every year, and more than 30,000 of those are fatal. The prospect of preventing many such accidents will provide significant impetus for networking technology.

    Just an hour's drive west of Warren, the town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has done much to show how valuable car-to-car communication could be. There, between 2012 and 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the University of Michigan equipped nearly 3,000 cars with experimental transmitters. After studying communication records for those vehicles, NHTSA researchers concluded that the technology could prevent more than half a million accidents and more than a thousand fatalities in the United States every year. The technology stands to revolutionize the way we drive, says John Maddox, a program director at the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

    Shortly after the Ann Arbor trial ended, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it would start drafting rules that could eventually mandate the use of car-to-car communication in new cars. The technology is also being tested in Europe and Japan.

    There will, of course, also be a few obstacles to navigate. GM has committed to using car-to-car communication in a 2017-model Cadillac. Those first Cadillacs will have few cars to talk to, and that will limit the value of the technology. It could still be more than a decade before vehicles that talk to each other are commonplace.

    -Will Knight

    May 25 10:20 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Still Think IoE Is Just Hype? Free WiFi Is A Stepping Stone

    Just a few links to show the progress being made to establish free WiFi for connectivity.

    May 25 9:33 PM | Link | Comment!
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