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August 4, 2020

A 2010 visit to the Computer History Museum with Steve Wozniak

From YouTube:

In this video we get a first peek at the 25,000-square-foot "Revolutions" exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, and curator Chris Garcia give us a tour across 2,000 years of computing history.

August 4, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Voice of Hagia Sophia"

Vimeo caption: 

"The Voice of Hagia Sophia" is a documentary by Duygu Eruçman that explores the reverberant soundscape of 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia.

For centuries, resonant voices and bounded light have worked together inside this magnificent building to evoke the divine.

Today, as a museum [until July 24, 2020, when it was repurposed as a mosque], the function of the space has changed; and it is only through digital technology that we can experience the enveloping sound of Hagia Sophia, which can bring us closer to understanding its complex history.

I happened on the video up top in the course of reading a July 30, 2020 New York Times article titled "How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio.

August 4, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Procrastination and its delights


Find out just how bad yours is, courtesy of Piers Steel.

[cartoon via We Blog Cartoons]

August 4, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

That This — Susan Howe

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Temperature-Reading Glasses


From the New York Times:

The SARS crisis of 2002-2004, which helped drive the expansion of the online shopping giants Alibaba and JD.com in China, contributed to the global rise of e-commerce.

The coronavirus may very well do the same for travel innovations, paving the way for a new ubiquity for artificial intelligence long after the pandemic is quelled.

Researchers in the Beijing and San Francisco offices of Rokid, a technology company specializing in robotics and A.I. development, began working on a prototype for temperature-reading glasses.

They had the hardware on hand: The company had been producing Rokid Glass, augmented-reality eyewear, since May 2019.

But in March, Rokid began exploring ways to allow wearers to know if they were coming close to anyone with a fever.

Their new Rokid Glasses aim to kill two birds — temperature detection and social distancing — with one pair of A.I.-powered spectacles.

The glasses use an infrared sensor and camera, allowing wearers to essentially "see" the temperature of people around them.


Liang Guan, Rokid's U.S. director, said the glasses can currently measure up to 10 people's temperatures simultaneously.

The glasses went on the market this spring.

The Dubai Transport Security Department is a customer — they've been using the glasses since April for body-temperature detection in airports, on subways, and in fire stations.

Singapore Mass Rapid Transit has also purchased them for the same use, as well as Aeropuertos Argentina, one of the largest private sector airport operators in the world, with 35 airports under its management in South America.

In airports, on subways, and in crowded public spaces, Rokid believes the glasses will equip security officers with a critical tool for locating people who could spread Covid-19.

But there's a privacy issue at play: Personal body temperature is private medical data, and the glasses allow the wearer to access that data from anyone who crosses their line of sight, with no opportunity for consent.

But, said Mr. Guan, "We are going to live with Covid-19 probably longer than anyone thought," and that, he said, will have an effect on perceptions of privacy. "In the future, the balance might be shifted more to public safety. And I think by then, ordinary people might be able to use these on the street."

August 4, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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