Archive for the ‘Geekiness’ Category
RFID tags are often used to gain access to secure buildings. You can copy and clone a card you can get close to but it’s not easy to do so from a distance ( couple of inches )
Bot nets are scary easy to create as are DDoS attacks.
Just a few resources:
Should you be the victim of a ddos attack, CloudFlare specializes in protection for websites.
My sessions todaya are all about where the virtual world meets the real world. I’m looking forward to them.
Immortality communication between devices
Teleportation of information, ambient objects
- make it very, very, very easy to set up and use
Omnipresent: where the virtual meets the real world
augmented reality for public spaces
Wolfram, A New Kind of Science, Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Language is to become available for using Wolfram through the cloud or iOS later this year.
Wolfram is setting up a data science class, math classes to follow.
A robot in your pocket and the SRI talks on AI said the same thing
Cheap sensors == lots of data -> needs good software
Uncorrelated data may be correlated in large quantities.
Machine learning accuracy needs vary by system – email spam needs to be very accurate, picking a restaurant, not so much.
Human curated data- through social networks
Lots of user data that we’re not yet using – use it to personalize the app
Needs to figure out what user wants and to learn
Go wide and shallow, or deep and narrow
New trade show trend – apps and software for hiding your data while online or smart phone.
The trade show opened. Most was the same as last year, social media networks, new blogging software, cloud storage, various enticements to let companies collect data about you.
Great ways to catch geeks attention at a trade show: put out a free box of cables or spin a disco ball. :p
I didn’t get to attend this talk but I’ll be getting the book
Fake it Your Guide to Digital Defense
I heard Nate Silver, fascinating ideas but like his book scarce on details
No photos today, it was back to back sessions all day
First up was green tech about clean technology is failing to capture the public’s imagination. The talk was meh, but the company sounds interesting Green Tech. The speaker did make an interesting comment about memes: they must have a pattern you can join in and adapt.
Beyond Mobile was an amazing talk with Josh Clark Global Moxie. The good news is I’m working on the same stuff as everyone else so I’m on the right track, the bad news is everyone else is working on it too.
Leap Motion looks amazing, I was very impressed with the two founders. I’m signing up for the dev program as soon as I get back home and settled.
Elon Musk spoke about reusable rockets, green houses on Mars and last week’s Dragon issues with the solar panels and thrusters. If you get a chance to hear him talk you should.
I also heard about research that is using electric signals to give you a sense of touch and lots of ways the researcher is planning to use this technology. It looks easy enough to do at home Revel(paper and information)
I wound up the day with a talk by Douglas Rushkoff on Present Shock, it was a fascinating talk, not sure I agree with him but I really enjoyed the talk anyhow.
I thought it was really ballsy for the EFF to be requesting donations in Aaron Swartz name after they failed him so badly. There’s a talk coming up on “How to keep the ACLU and EFF off your back” given by the EFF and ACLU. But they haven’t been on anyone’s back in at least a decade.