October 21, 2017

Rapture of the Nerds

Rapture of the Nerds

Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century. Both authors are well known for their tales of a human future in the grip of transformative, often disruptive, technologies, so if you’d like to see where two of this part of the century’s most imaginative authors think our technologies may take us, check out this novel. Doctorow is author of Gamer and Little Brother, while Stross is author of Accelerando and Singularity Sky. “Jury Service,” an excerpt from the novel is available from publisher Tor.   Related PostsPrinciples…

Podcast: 99% Invisible

RomanMars-99 Percent Invisible

Roman Mars’ Podcast 99% Invisible investigates the aesthetic, engineering, and human design that goes into every day items that we never even think about. It’s a great exploration of our world that will leave you looking at the things around you in a new way. 99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. The show started life as a project of KALW public radio in San Francisco and the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco. Check out 99% Invisible: http://99percentinvisible.org/   Link to this post!Related PostsProfessor DeNigris produces VFX tutorials…

Beyond Project Glass

Created by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design grad students Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz, Sight is envisioned as an upgrade to Augmented Reality (AR) glasses where the glasses are fully and seamlessly integrated into the users environment, namely, in the form of contact lenses. “We were inspired by many present-day apps and several sci-fi movies,” says Lazo. “But most of the ideas came from us trying to visualize a world where this tech is standard, and what kind of interactions can happen in it.” As I watched their short video capturing this possibly future technology as a new way…

Accelerating Arduino Math

Arduino

Performing division operations on a microcontroller (or any processor) is an intensive and cycle-eating process that can drastically slow down your application. Unfortunately, it’s a critical component of dealing with real-world information, such as using a moving average to smooth noisy sensor data. Alan Burlison’s blog post guides us through some of the pitfalls of the division operation, and several clever methods for drastically improving performance while still being able to use the operation. Link to this post!Related PostsProgramming Jam at UAT Branch Prediction UAT Continues Support of STEM Initiative, As Host of CodeDay Phoenix for 2nd Consecutive Year Bubble Wrap: Pop…

Build a 3D Printer With a 3D Printer

Next Fab

Want to learn to build your own 3D printer with a 3D printer? NextFab Studio has started training sessions on how to build your own “MendelMax 1.5” 3D printer out of plastic, using a “RepRap” 3D printer that is essentially also made out of plastic. The $2,000 weekend class includes your own printer, which is about the price of a RepRap 3D printer, as well as, the 3D modeling software MOI v2. To build a 3D printer of your own you’ll need a laptop (recommended Mac OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+), Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few…

12 Network Security “White Hat” Hackers You Should Know

White Hat Hackers

The White Hat Heroes that walk among us are the cyber security experts who are looking for trouble. “White Hat” network security researchers are considered ethical hackers whose discoveries and inventions protect and defend against the underground “Black Hat” hackers. Thank you Network World for getting the word out that there are more than one kind of hacker out there. Robert “RSnake” Hansen Greg Hoglund Dan Kaminsky Zane Lackey Marc Maiffret Charlie Miller HD Moore Joanna Rutkowska Sherri Sparks Joe Stewart Christopher Tarnovsky Dino Dao Zovi Read more in this NetworkWorld article. To learn how to become a “white hat” hacker, go…

NASA Mars Rover Landing Free on Xbox Live

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to burn through the atmosphere on a NASA spacecraft? Xbox and NASA have teamed up to develop “Mars Rover Landing,” a skills game in which you use Kinect motion sensors to guide the rover Curiosity to land on Mars and successfully reach a target. The on demand game is available in 18 different languages. Download it for free on Xbox Live. File size is a modest 496MB. Link to this post!Related PostsCollegeHack: Dealing with Stress in Positive Ways UAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon UAT Students Form Teams for Extra Life Game…

Blade Runner at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprint runner, nicknamed “Blade Runner” after the shape of his carbon-fiber prosthetic limbs, will compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Pistorius, who will represent South Africa in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events, failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He will also compete in this Summer’s Paralympics. Setting aside the sheer level of athleticism it takes anybody to make an Olympic team, Pistorius’ achievement is notable for another, more controversial reason: some people, the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, among them, believe his prostheses give him an unfair competitive advantage because the material caused…

Google I/O: Project Glass Demo

Google Glass, photo by Isabelle Olsson

Google’s Project Glass is a really exciting project, combining augmented reality and wearable computing. Wearable computers have been around for as long as computers have become small enough to be portable, but they haven’t become popular due to usability and form-factor issues. Google’s project aims to address both of these issues. Engadget has a great article and a pair of videos on Sergey Brin’s Project Glass demo from the Google I/O event. Link to this post!

Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500

The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!Related PostsKlout Measures Your Social Influence Google Penguin Update – Quality Still Rules SEO: What…