“Javid Muhammedali, Monster.com Director of Product Management, explained two ways that semantic search can help. First, it can understand the meaning of words and use the context to help determine meaning. Second, it understands the hierarchy of concepts in such areas as job titles, skills, industries, etc. The context allows it to understand the different uses of a word like, Washington, when used in an address, school, company, person, etc.”—The AppGap» Monster.com Employs Semantic Search to Speed and Enhance the Job-Candidate Matching Process
“Today…the familiar letters of the alphabet are more abundant than ever. One of the most astonishing consequences of the rise of digital media, and particularly the Internet, is that we’re now surrounded by text to an extent far beyond anything we’ve experienced before. Web pages are stuffed with written words. Text crawls across our TV screens. Radio stations send out textual glosses on the songs they play…I have little doubt that in 2050 — or 2100, for that matter — we’ll still be happily reading and writing. Even if we come to be outfitted with nifty Web-enabled brain implants, most of the stuff that’s beamed into our skulls will likely take the form of text. Even our robots will probably be adept at reading. What will change — what already is changing, in fact — is the way we read and write. In the past, changes in writing technologies, such as the shift from scroll to book, had dramatic effects on the kind of ideas that people put down on paper and, more generally, on people’s intellectual lives. Now that we’re leaving behind the page and adopting the screen as our main medium for reading, we’ll see similarly far-reaching changes in the way we write, read, and even think.”—Nicholas Carr (via chrbutler)
coondoggie writes “The Department of Energy and IBM are serious about developing controversial lithium air batteries capable of powering a car for 500 miles on a single charge – a huge increase over current plug-in batteries that have a range of about 40 to 100 miles, the DOE said. The agency said 24 million hours of supercomputing time out of a total of 1.6 billion available hours at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories will be used by IBM and a team of researchers from those labs and Vanderbilt University to design new materials required for a lithium air battery.” http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/01/27/2318247/Lithium-Air-Batteries-Get-Boost-From-IBM-and-DOE?from=rss
Earlier this month IBM CEO Sam Palmisano gave a speech in London, in which he discussed IBM’s products and services in the Internet of Things. He also outlined what IBM sees as emerging opportunities for “smart systems” over the coming decade. It was a significant speech, given that IBM has been probably the leading large tech company promoting the Internet of Things up till now.
“By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The “thought-to-speech” process takes about 50 milliseconds - the same amount of time for a non-paralyzed, neurologically intact person to speak their thoughts. The study marks the first successful demonstration of a permanently installed, wireless implant for real-time control of an external device.”—Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time (via weliveinthefuture)
In its announcement Thursday, Amazon will say that it is letting programmers create what it calls active content — similar to applications — for the Kindle and keep 70 percent of the revenue from each sale after paying for wireless delivery costs.
Amazon will release a set of programming guidelines that other companies — including publishers of books and periodicals — can use to create and sell applications for the Kindle.
Google’s surprise announcement of “a highly sophisticated and targeted attack” on its systems—a case of computer-aided espionage—has also raised the specter of offensive warfare. Defense News quotes Adm. Robert Willard of U.S. Pacific Command as declaring that “the skills being demonstrated” by Chinese hackers in the service of “exfiltrating data”—a fancy way of saying “spying”—are also relevant to “wartime computer network attacks.” Reference: http://ping.fm/LO5PJ
IBM and Global Bay Mobile Technologies have worked together with the agency to replace a cumbersome paper process with mobile handheld devices that relay real-time information. As a result, the number of housing inspections the DHS conducts every month has increased 57 percent.
In the past, field inspectors had to complete a multi-step process, which could take several days. Inspectors would have to fill out forms both in the field and at the office before the data was ready to be entered into the DHS system.
DHS field inspectors now share real-time data about the status of potential permanent residences with DHS staff, provider shelter staff, clients, landlords and brokers
“Public schools throughout Australia are benefiting from the Federal Government’s $2.2 billion Digital Education Revolution initiative, which aims to prepare students for further education and training, jobs of the future and to live and work in a digital world. School students are now being switched on to some of the most up-to-date technology available, from laptop computers for students in years 9-12 to interactive whiteboards, video-conferencing equipment and even virtual classrooms.
Outside school, students constantly interact with technologies such as iPods, mobile phones, the internet and social networking sites, so it is little wonder there’s an expectation that these technologies will also support their learning in the classroom.”—Technology in the classroom
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“The key elements of creating a truly innovative and entrepreneurial organization can be summarized in the following eight steps:
1. Paint an inspiring vision.
2. Build an open, receptive, questioning culture.
3. Empower people at all levels.
4. Set goals, deadlines and measurements for innovation.
5. Use creativity techniques to generate a large number of ideas.
6. Review, combine, filter and select ideas.
7. Prototype the promising proposals.
8. Analyze the results and roll-out the successful projects”—Creating Innovation Best Practices of Tomorrow (via businessdna)