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Mon: The (hypothetical) phase diagram of a statistical or computational method Tues: “It is perhaps merely an accident of history that skeptics and subjectivists alike strain on the gnat of the prior distribution while swallowing the...Show More Summary

What are doctors thinking when you’re talking in the exam room?

Ever wonder what your doctor is thinking while taking your history? If we’re doing it right, we’re looking at you instead of a computer. We’re making appropriate eye contact while displaying welcoming body language. And we’re letting you tell your story with as few interruptions as possible. Clearly we are listening intently, but did you […]

The history of the video game cartridge

For decades, the video game cartridge was the staple of home video game play, and even a vital component of many early home computer systems. Interestingly, the companies that developed the first videogame cartridge and brought it to market are largely a forgotten footnote in the annals of early game development. Show More Summary

Major breakthrough in reading ancient scrolls

Revolutionary software is making a breakthrough in reading 2,000-year old Herculaneum scrolls, computer scientists report. After working for more than 10 years on unlocking an ancient piece of history, what lies inside damaged Herculaneum scrolls, one researcher will accomplish the next step in allowing the world to read the scrolls, which cannot be physically opened.

Today in Media History: ‘1984’ Super Bowl ad introduced the Apple Macintosh

During the Super Bowl on January 22, 1984, Apple introduced its new Macintosh computer with what has become one of the most famous television commercials of all time. The ad featured images from George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four...Show More Summary

Clear your Pinterest previous searches cache?

I went onto my girlfriend's computer to see what she'd been searching for on Pinterest but it has zero search history. How did she clear her Pinterest search history? The post Clear your Pinterest previous searches cache? appeared first on Ask Dave Taylor.

Coming Up with a Better Turing Test

by Angela Guess Lee Gomes of IEEE Spectrum reports, “It was billed as an epochal event in humanity’s history: For the first time a computer had proved itself to be as smart as a person. And befitting the occasion, the June story generated headlines all around the world. In reality, it was all a cheesy… The post Coming Up with a Better Turing Test appeared first on DATAVERSITY.

The Trippy History of Flip Books

last weekOdd : Neatorama

(Photos: Ben Zurawski) Long before there were smartphones or even animated.gif files (like the one below) on desktop computers, there were flip books. It's an old art form that Ben Zurawski continues today. He's an artist who specializes in the field. Show More Summary

A Brief History of Hollywood Being Totally Terrified of Computers

“Our world interconnected. Our systems interconnected. Our identities vulnerable.” So goes the on-screen tagline in the trailer for Michael Mann’s new cyber-thriller Blackhat, and as the word “identities” is replaced by “security,” “homes,”...Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: What Happened to Women in Computer Science?

The original compute-ers, people who operated computing machines, were mostly women. At that period of history, most typists were women and their skills seemed to transfer from that job to the next. As late as the second half of the 1960s, women were seen as naturals for working with computers. As Grace Hopper explained in a […]

Today in Media History: In 2007 we learned about a ‘handheld computer’ called the iPhone

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Apple’s Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007. (The iPhone was officially released in June.) Here is an excerpt from his keynote at MacWorld 2007: “This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every...Show More Summary

will.i.am's wearable tech plans merge high fashion with inspiration

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

What hasn't will.i.am done? He's a mega-producer, solo artist, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas and, yes, even a tech entrepreneur with a significant history at CES. With his new "computer on your wrist," the $399 i.am PULS+, announced this pas...

Hearing the Past

what follows is our draft chapter for ‘Seeing the Past‘, a colloquium hosted by Kevin Kee at Brock University. The chapter will eventually be published in ‘Seeing the Past: Augmented Reality and Computer Vision in History’ http://kevinkee.ca/seeing-the-past/book-abstract/ comments welcome. Hearing the Past – S Graham, S Eve, C Morgan, A Pantos This volume is about seeing […]

Computer glitch prevents US’ most advanced F-35 fighter jet from firing until 2019 – report

The Pentagon’s fighter jet F-35 may not be fully operational until 2019 due to a newly discovered computer glitch. The $400 billion ultra-sophisticated jet, the most expensive in US history, was expected to enter service in 2015. F-35 is the […]

Roleplaying classic Akalabeth now free on GOG.com

In 1979, Richard Garriott launched Akalabeth: World of Doom, arguably the first computer roleplaying game and the predecessor to his seminal Ultima series. Now, thanks to GOG.com, you can own this piece of gaming history at no charge. With this offe...

Today in Media History: First successful PC goes on sale in ’74 and helps launch Microsoft

On December 19, 1974, the first successful personal computer went on sale. They called it the Altair 8800. Popular Electronics magazine profiled the new PC in their January 1975 issue. Readers learned that for $395 you could order a kit to build the Altair yourself or buy it assembled for $495. Show More Summary

The strange history of Disney's cyber-psychedelic "Computers Are People Too"

last monthOdd : Boing Boing

The cult favorite documentary was produced to promote Tron's release, featuring a trippy plot and the strangest computer graphics this side of SIGGRAPH -- and it quickly became a staple of the LA club scene as visual accompaniment for whatever was floating your boat that night. Read the rest

Year End Lists: LA Spent 2014 Trying to Figure Out Kissing and GamerGate

In the same way that the search history of a computer can offer deep insight into the mind of its user, the most searched terms and queries for an entire city can provide a peek at what weighs on...

Termites At Work On American History

President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to get American schools to teach computer science. Appearing at a Newark, New Jersey, middle school, the president suggested that students, especially

IBM/Apple: A Match Made in History

The two are deeply enmeshed in the history of the modern computer.

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