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Hardware and Software

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI – Maurice Conti…


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Date: October 18, 2019

01) The incredible inventions of intuitive AI – Maurice Conti


“What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone.”

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20 Smart Furniture Designs – Transforming and Space Saving…


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Date: October 12, 2019

01) 20 Smart Furniture Designs – Transforming and Space Saving


“Every said home needs some space saving furniture for small rooms! Here are 20 modern furniture designs, some of which are a Princeton kind of smart!”

Please visit this videos YouTube page, to find links to any featured items.

I love the Kenchikukagu Collection, though it seems impossible to find any place to order anything other than the office…

A few others were really interesting to me.

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The Decentralized Web Is Coming…


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Date: October 06, 2019

01) The Decentralized Web Is Coming


“Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are in the federal government’s crosshairs, but the technology necessary to undermine their dominance may already exist.

Google handles 88 percent of search traffic in the United States. Facebook has more than 2.4 billion active monthly users worldwide. Half of all U.S. online retail is projected to go through Amazon by 2021.

Both Democrats and Republicans have called for breaking up the tech giants, holding them legally liable for what others say on their platforms, and imposing new regulations that would stop them from misusing their customers’ personal information. But there’s also a growing movement, which includes some of the web’s early pioneers, to come up with technological ways to counter Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google.

The goal is to build a better, more decentralized web.

“There are so many different possible ways of decentralizing the internet, and what’s lacking is the legal right to interoperate and the legal support to stop dirty tricks from preventing you from exercising that legal right,” says Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author and tech journalist who’s been thinking and writing about the web since Tim Berners-Lee introduced it to the public in the early 1990s.

Berners-Lee and other web pioneers intended for their creation to be decentralized and open-source. “The cyber-utopian view was not merely that seizing the means of information would make you free, but that failing to do so would put you in perpetual chains,” says Doctorow.

There are many theories about why the web became centralized. Doctorow largely blames the abuse of intellectual property law to defeat the decentralized “free software” movement championed by the programmer and activist Richard Stallman. Stallman helped create the popular open-source operating system Linux after freely modifying Unix, Bell Labs’ proprietary system.

But the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998, became an impediment to the open and permissionless approach to software development. The law was intended to prevent duplication of copryrighted works and was eventually applied to all software. Breaking “digital locks” to learn from, interact with, and improve upon the code of dominant web platforms became a federal crime. It’s standard practice for today’s tech companies to shield their proprietary code from would-be competitors by wielding the power of an increasingly expansive intellectual property regime.

“And so this thicket of exclusive rights around products that can be invoked to prevent new entrants for making add-ons, compatible products, or even competing products is a really important change in the landscape,” says Doctorow. “One that has made it very hard for new entrants to emerge and I think is in large part responsible for the concentration in the industry.”

Despite these legal and political challenges, innovators are attempting to create new decentralized ecosystems of web services.

Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Alexis Garcia, John Osterhoudt, and Weissmueller. Opening graphic by Lex Villena. Additional graphics by Meredith Bragg.

Photo credits: Preston Ehrler/ZUMA Press/Newscom, Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Polaris/Newscom, ITU Pictures (under CC Attribution 2.0 License), Jeremy Hogan/Polaris/Newscom.”

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New Inventions That Are On Another Level – 34…


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Date: August 24, 2019

01) New Inventions That Are On Another Level – 34


I think for most of us, the practical standouts will be ORU KAYAK INLET, LAVARIO, PETIT PLI and maybe the ROLL ‘N GO.

I don’t have a pool, but the POOLPROJEKT would be neat to go with one.

“Links:

ROLL ‘N GO – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DX3J7C6

ORU KAYAK INLET – https://www.orukayak.com/products/oru-kayak-portable-folding-lightweight-recreational-kayak-for-beginners

LAVARIO – https://lavariowasher.com/

WAVEFLYER – https://www.electronautic.com.au/

PETIT PLI – https://shop.petitpli.com/

PRODRONE –
https://www.prodrone.com/

CARNIVAL SKYRIDE –
https://www.carnival.com/onboard/skyride

POOLPROJEKT – https://www.poolprojekt.de

SPIKEMATE – http://www.spikemate.com

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Portable Air Conditioners – Why you shouldn’t like them…


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Date: June 16, 2019

01) Portable Air Conditioners – Why you shouldn’t like them


“Seriously, either we need to get more awareness of how dumb single-hose portable A/C units are, or we need to just use window units whenever possible. While I know that there are times a portable unit is the only option (remember, I’m in that boat), it seems that only very high capacity, premium machines have the facility to use two hoses. Which is frankly stupid but then again that’s what I’m trying to tell you now.”

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Rock Pi 4B : M.2 & USB 3.0 SBC…


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Date: June 13, 2019

01) Rock Pi 4B : M.2 & USB 3.0 SBC


“Rock Pi 4B single board computer review and demo, including testing a WD Black M.2 NVMe SSD in Debian, and media playback in Android. The video also shows the acrylic case, eMMC module, and large heat sink. You can find more information on the Rock Pi 4 on its website here: http://rockpi.org/ and in the RADXA wiki here:
https://wiki.radxa.com/Rockpi4

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Quantum Computers Take Another Huge Leap Forward…


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Date: May 28, 2019

01) Quantum Computers Take Another Huge Leap Forward – Answers With Joe


“Quantum computers continue to advance year over year, and since I covered quantum computers last year, a lot of noteworthy changes have occurred. Here’s my attempt to round up the biggest quantum computer news in the last year.”


Are Quantum Computers On The Verge Of A Breakthrough?:

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Why Machines That Bend Are Better…


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Date: May 14, 2019

01) Why Machines That Bend Are Better


“I visited the Compliant Mechanisms Research group at Brigham Young University and spoke to Professor Larry Howell:

https://www.compliantmechanisms.byu.edu

At the above link, you can download 3D-print files to make some of the objects in the video, plus learn more about compliant mechanisms.

What I learned about compliant mechanisms I summarize in the 8 P’s of compliant mechanisms:

1. Part count (reduced by having flexible parts instead of springs, hinges)

2. Productions processes (many, new, different enabled by compliant designs)

3. Price (reduced by fewer parts and different production processes)

4. Precise Motion (no backlash, less wear, friction)

5. Performance (no outgassing, doesn’t require lubricant)

6. Proportions (reduced through different production processes)

7. Portability (lightweight due to simpler, reduced part count designs)

8. Predictability (devices are reliable over a long period of time) “

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IPFS: A peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open…


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Date: April 29, 2019

01) IPFS


“HTTP is inefficient and expensive

HTTP downloads a file from a single computer at a time, instead of getting pieces from multiple computers simultaneously. With video delivery, a P2P approach could save 60% in bandwidth costs.

IPFS makes it possible to distribute high volumes of data with high efficiency. And zero duplication means savings in storage.

Humanity’s history is deleted daily

The average lifespan of a web page is 100 days. Remember GeoCities? The web doesn’t anymore. It’s not good enough for the primary medium of our era to be so fragile.

IPFS keeps every version of your files and makes it simple to set up resilient networks for mirroring of data.

The web’s centralization limits opportunity

The Internet has been one of the great equalizers in human history and a real accelerator of innovation. But the increasing consolidation of control is a threat to that.

IPFS remains true to the original vision of the open and flat web, but delivers the technology which makes that vision a reality.

Our apps are addicted to the backbone

Developing world. Offline. Natural disasters. Intermittent connections. All trivial compared to interplanetary networking. The networks we’re using are so 20th Century. We can do better.

IPFS powers the creation of diversely resilient networks which enable persistent availability with or without Internet backbone connectivity.

IPFS aims to replace HTTP and
build a better web for all of us.”

I’d be lying if I said I was clear, as to what this is all about…but, I stumbled across a few web pages, while searching for an old website online…and they were hosted on this service.

Thought I’d share it, to see if anyone has anything to say about this.

Apparently, this is peer to peer content hosting?

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