Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that’s significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human).
“This week at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., the company [Autodesk] will take the first public step toward translating its computer design approach, which has since spilled over from Hollywood to the Maker movement, into the emerging nanoscale world of synthetic biology and materials.
For the last two years, a small group of software engineers and molecular biologists have been developing a software system for designing at the molecular level at the company’s research laboratory in downtown San Francisco. At the TED conference, Autodesk will introduce “Project Cyborg,” a Web-based software platform for delivering a range of services like molecular modeling and simulation.”
Dr. Easy (by Shynola)
Michael is a broken man with a gun. He is surrounded by armed police. A robot with medical training is dispatched to negotiate – but can it save him?
(‘Dr. Easy’ is the prologue for a planned feature adaptation of Matthew de Abaitua’s novel “The Red Men”, which, first published (with my involvement) in 2007, features robotic policemen, virtual workers, algorithmic creativity, austerity-based techno-rejectionism and much else, and as such prefigures a range of New Aesthetic interests.)