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Artificial Intelligence and Other Misused Terms

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I realize that my plea won’t do any good, but could we please use the right terms in describing “artificial intelligence?” Everybody is doing artificial intelligence (AI) these days. Really? Consider… Artificial intelligence Deep Learning Machine Learning Neural Networks Pattern Recognition The vast majority of what people call AI today is really […]

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Tags: Computing · Learning · Technology

The Condescending Robot (Employer)

April 10th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A new high or low in robots in the warehouse. I find this one fascinating. This warehouse “robot” walks a human to the right spot in the cavern of products. The touchscreen shows the human what product to load in the bin. Hence, the robot knows where the product is and how […]

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Tags: Adults · Technology · Work

Analog Had Its Advantages

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Somteimes I miss the analog days. They covered a lot of my mistakes. Handwritten notes let me fudge and smudge and avoid mistakes—like spelling. I could smudge the “i” and the “e” together and put the dot of the “i” somewhere in the middle, and no one could tell that I didn’t […]

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Tags: Knowledge · Learning · Technology · Work · Writing

The $80 Writing Computer

December 26th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A new edition of the cheapest computer in the store finds a small tablet and keyboard for $80. Slow, but sufficient. Want to write a book? Can’t afford a MacBook Pro or Surface Pro or someone-else’s-pro? Here is a writing system for $80. It comprises an Amazon Fire 7″ $50 tablet and […]

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Tags: Technology · Writing

Programming Without Programmers—the Holy Grail

December 19th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Those who don’t program still seek the Holy Grail of business: the ability to flush programmers from their lives. Google recently launched its App Maker. Its a tool kit that allows persons who don’t know how to program to write programs. Well, sort of. I guess Google’s product, similar to other similar […]

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Tags: Adults · Programming · Technology

Facial Recognition Folly

December 1st, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Facial recognition is easily fooled. So when will our law enforcement stop using it? The polygraph is one example from history of technology barred from court. Facial recognition is one of the latest hot technologies in law enforcement. Facial recognition software scans huge databases to identify a person at the scene of […]

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Tags: Security · Technology

Lenovo Reinvents the Portable Computer – part 0.1

October 20th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A look at the Lenovo Yoga Book. This look concentrates on typing on the Halo Keyboard. Next up, let’s try writing with a pen. Lenovo may have reinvented the portable computer. We’ve come a long way since the days of the KayPro CPM lug-able computer. Lenovo’s Yoga book is thin. See the […]

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Tags: Computing · Technology

I Want My Mommy

August 29th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Let’s be honest about all these calls for better personal digital assistants. This one has to be the worst. This guy wants a drone to follow him, record his life, and do all the little tasks he mumbles during the day. Where ever you are right now, imagine a small object hovering […]

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Tags: Technology

Technology Triggers

July 25th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Knowing, ahead of time, when to change the design of a technology system. Consider: We have software running on different computers. We don’t have much electrical power available for computers “out in the field,” i.e., they probably run on batteries. Hence, we move heavy computations to lab computers where electrical power is […]

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Tags: Choose · Design · Technology

Do You Have a Mobile App for That?

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Every era has its own stupid question. Ours is no different. The title of this post is the stupid question of our era. Back in the day, if you said you have a computer that had the performance of a Cray, was the size of a shoe box, cost $100 and so […]

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Tags: Technology