Posts Tagged ‘Data’

Posted: January 7, 2013 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Researchers in Japan have come up with a storage solution to keep your most important data with a method that seems to be drawn directly from the pages of Superman.

Everyone who has gone through the process of upgrading their computer system knows the inevitable task of transferring data involves a certain amount of acceptance that some data will forever be lost.

Saved on storage devices without drives to retrieve the files, or by the deterioration of the storage substrate, data becomes lost.

Even Ray Kurzweil mentions in The Singularity Is Near, how he resorts to paper printouts to save his most important data for the long term.

Now, Japanese storage and electronics company Hitachi has announced that it has come up with a solution that stores data on slivers of quartz glass, keeping important data safe and sound for perhaps as long as hundreds of millions of years. The company’s main research lab has developed a way to etch digital patterns into robust quartz glass with a laser at a data density that is better than compact discs, then read it using an optical microscope. The data is etched at four different layers in the glass using different focal points of the laser. (via 33rd Square | Superman’s Indestructible Data Crystals May Be Possible)

Posted: January 6, 2013 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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[Artificial Intelligence] may well be the most vital of all commodities, surpassing water, food, heat and light. Without it, we will certainly not survive as a species.

One of our problems is data – masses of it. A few hundred years of scientific inquiry and the invention of the data-generating and sharing mechanism that is the internet has left reams of crucial information unused and unanalysed.

AI is not about sentient robots, but machines that mimic our organic intelligence by adapting to, as well as recognising, patterns in data. AI is about making machines understand.

Jamie Carter / Peter Cochrane, { South China Morning Post } (via olena)


Artificial Intelligence’s Killer App: Getting Things Done

Until task management software can literally think for you, it’ll always be cumbersome to use.

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Posted: December 14, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Welcome to your everyday world of “Big Data,” the infinite sea of facts, products, books, maps, conversations, references, opinions, trends, videos, advertisements, surveys — all of the sense and nonsense that is literally at your fingertips, 24-7, every day from now on. Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, estimates that humans now create in two days the same amount of data that it took from the dawn of civilization until 2003 to create. Micro-bursts of technological innovation over the past decade have created a supernova of new data and a virtually limitless capacity to create and store it, shaping everyday lives across the planet. What may be most fascinating, experts agree, is that this change has come so quietly and seamlessly. “An extraordinary knowledge revolution (is) sweeping, almost invisibly, through business, academia, government, health care and everyday life,” says Rick Smolan, co-creator of a new book, The Human Face of Big Data.

‘Big data’ transforms our lives and lifestyles

Posted: November 30, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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As a membership requirement, all personal data would needs to be surrendered to Acclair, including credit, health, travel, etc. Surprisingly, few users had qualms with this aspect, nor with Acclair’s biometrics process, “dataveillance” or the implications of a failed test. Perhaps because the project never did actually collect any of this data; in any case the rewards seemed to outweigh the problems. Although there were a number of people who were skeptical of the Acclair approach, there seemed to be an inherent trust of the system, that the system was actually scanning the brain, analyzing the data and evaluating the user. In a way, these first prototypes confirmed their suspicions that people give away their personal data much too freely.

Scientists and engineers have a tremendous capacity to detect, track, measure and otherwise observe phenomena of all kinds. This growing capacity is perhaps their most powerful tool. But it presents problems, too, because it is no easy task to marshal this flood of data and present it in ways that others — or sometimes even they themselves — can understand and make use of it. Now Felice C. Frankel and Angela H. DePace are offering some help. They bill their new book, “Visual Strategies,” as a guide to graphics for scientists and engineers, but it will be useful for anyone who wants to make clear presentations of data of any kind. “Images engage us in ways that words cannot,” they write. But they add that creating a graphic is like writing an article. You must plan what to say, in what order, with what details. The message of this book is that the extra effort is well worth it.

‘Visual Strategies’ Transforms Data Into Art That Speaks –

Posted: July 13, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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It’s not news that technology is getting smaller, faster, but once things start happening on a molecular level, it starts to get kind of ridiculous. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology just published breakthrough research in Nature explaining how they were able to read and write a bit of information on a single molecule. The principle behind the process is relatively simple. The researchers embedded a single magnetic iron atom in an organic molecule made up of 51 other atoms that act as a shell to protect the information inside. Applying a stream of electricity to the new molecule changes the state of that iron atom, effectively storing a bit of data. (via How to Store a Bit of Data on a Single Molecule | Motherboard)