Artificial intelligence and robotics have enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and there is renewed optimism about their place in our future. But what do they mean for us?
This Questions and Answers section on The Conversation makes for some thought provoking reading. Check it out.
The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind. [Read more at Quanta]
Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab — it’s for everyone. In a fun, demo-filled talk Resnick outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them.
Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist’s thirst for knowledge with a philosopher’s quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston. He was 88.
Well before the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Professor Minsky, a revered computer science educator at M.I.T., laid the foundation for the field of artificial intelligence by demonstrating the possibilities of imparting common-sense reasoning to computers.
Read more at the New York Times.
Although Wikipedia should be avoided when citing references on papers you write, it still is a great place to get a basic understanding of an area of knowledge. The software engineering section has some valuable information that will at least give you a conceptual framework that lessons can be mapped to in your head as you learn them.
Here’s a product that claims to be the most advanced gesture tracking camera in the world.
What are some key features?
What doesn’t work as well as you’d hope?
How do you think it could be improved?
Don’t Fear The Internet is a video series designed to introduce you to the basics of the internet and website programming.
Video #1 is at the bottom of the page – they are listed in order of release date rather than the order you should probably view them.
This video series was created by designer/typographer Jessica Hische and her web developer husband Russ Maschmeyer who are both well respected in their fields of expertise.
Highly recommended for quality of content and correctness of coding practices 🙂