Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #225
July 27th, 2008

Google Is Watching, Perhaps Soon In Your Home

Undeterred by the persistent worries of privacy advocates and government officials that it knows too much, Google hungers for more data. […] A recent paper co-authored by Google researcher Bill N. Schilit, and computer scientists Jeonghwa Yang (Georgia Tech) and David W. McDonald (University of Washington) proposes “home activity recognition,” or tracking people’s activities at home through home network interactions.
Source: Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek, July 11, 2008

Saving lives with 10-kilo phone network

A ten-kilo GSM mobile phone network developed by European researchers will allow rescue workers to set up communications just hours, or even minutes, after a man-made or natural catastrophe. It will mean more lives saved.
Source: ICT Results, July 22, 2008

Oldest New Testament Bible heads into cyberspace

More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time this week. From Thursday, sections of the Codex Sinaiticus, which contains the oldest complete New Testament, will be available on the Internet, said the University of Leipzig, one of the four curators of the ancient text worldwide.
Source: Dave Graham, Reuters, July 21, 2008

Start-Up May Aid Telecoms’ Reach

As the telecom industry gears up to reach billions of potential mobile-phone users in developing countries, a Swedish-Indian start-up has developed an innovative piece of equipment: a build-it-yourself radio tower that consumes about as much energy as a light bulb. […] VNL, which has headquarters in New Delhi and Stockholm, has spent the past four years developing a simplified base station that is powered by solar panels and requires just a fraction of the electricity of typical base stations.
Source: Leila Abboud, The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2008

Website claims to help drivers avoid speed traps

Drivers in most of the United States and some of the UK can find out where the police speed traps and so-called red-light cameras are on the Internet — for free. But, U.S. drivers can also download that information to their car’s GPS system for a fee. “We’re hoping to expand the download service to London and the rest of Europe as soon as we can,” said Shannon Atkinson, the 33-year-old founder of Njection.com.
Source: Reuters, July 23, 2008

Intel: Human and computer intelligence will merge in 40 years

At Intel Corp., just passing its 40th anniversary and with a myriad of chips in its historical roster, a top company exec looks 40 years into the future to a time when human intelligence and machine intelligence have begun to merge. Justin Rattner, CTO and a senior fellow at Intel, told Computerworld that perhaps as early as 2012 we’ll see the lines between human and machine intelligence begin to blur. Nanoscale chips or machines will move through our bodies, fixing deteriorating organs or unclogging arteries.
Source: Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld, July 23, 2008

Free Laptop-Tracking System Hits the Streets

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, have launched Adeona, an open source service aimed at helping consumers and businesses track the location of lost or stolen laptops. Adeona may have been the goddess of safe returns, but if a group of computer science professors and graduate students get their wish, they’ll be viewed as the patron saints of secure laptop computer data, thanks to their new open source software service named after the Roman deity.
Source: Renay San Miguel, LinuxInsider, July 14, 2008

Knol and void: The day I became a published Google ‘expert’

I’m an expert on pit bulls! Really. I just wrote a knol, a Web article akin to an encyclopedia entry, using Google’s new Knol publishing platform launched publicly on Wednesday. With Knol, Google is encouraging people to create more authoritative content that can be indexed by its search engine and monetized with ads. Unlike blogs, which tend to be casual and opinionated in tone, knols are supposed to be fact-based, informative, and well-sourced articles on a specific subject.
Source: Elinor Mills, CNET’s Digital Media, July 25, 2008


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