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Consider today’s online world. The Usenet, a worldwide bulletin board, allows anyone to post messages across the nation. Your word gets out, leapfrogging editors and publishers. Every voice can be heard cheaply and instantly. The result? Every voice is heard. The cacophany more closely resembles citizens band radio, complete with handles, harrasment, and anonymous threats. When most everyone shouts, few listen. How about electronic publishing? Try reading a book on disc. At best, it’s an unpleasant chore: the myopic glow of a clunky computer replaces the friendly pages of a book. And you can’t tote that laptop to the beach. Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.
Clifford Stoll: Why Web Won’t Be Nirvana (1995)

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A new Microsoft Research project has achieved a major milestone: Real-time machine translation of sign language using Kinect. Researchers in China created the Kinect Sign Language Translator, which understands multiple sign languages and translates them in real time using Kinect’s sensor set—and vice versa. Professor Xilin Chen of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who worked on the project, said in a release that “We knew that information technology, especially computer technology, has grown up very fast. So from my point of view, I thought this is the right time to develop some technology to help [the deaf community]. That’s the motivation.”
Microsoft’s Kinect Is Now A Sign Language Translator | Fast Company | Business Innovation

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I’m here at #droneconf, where UAV manufacturers, left- and right-activists, lawyers, media, scientists all meet. #tech #science (at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts)

I’m here at #droneconf, where UAV manufacturers, left- and right-activists, lawyers, media, scientists all meet. #tech #science (at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts)

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