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Dialogue: reflecting on Chapter 1 of Tim Jordan’s Internet, Society, and Culture: Communicative practices before and after the internet

Dialogue: reflecting on Chapter 1 of Tim Jordan’s Internet, Society, and Culture: Communicative practices before and after the internet | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, Tim Jordan shared the opening chapter of his new book, Internet, Society, and Culture: Communicative Practices before and after the Internet, published by Bloomsbury.  (You can sti...
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Scientists Have Found a Way to Photograph People Through Walls Using Wi-Fi

Scientists Have Found a Way to Photograph People Through Walls Using Wi-Fi | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Wi-Fi can pass through walls. This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it's the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room.

However, not all of that microwave radiation makes it to or from our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs.

Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside of a room - from outside of the room.

"It can basically scan a room with someone's Wi-Fi transmission," Philipp Holl, a 23-year-old undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich, told Business Insider.

Holl initially built the device as part of his bachelor thesis with the help of his academic supervisor, Friedemann Reinhard. Later on the two submitted a study about their technique to the journal Physical Review Letters, which published their paper in early May.

Holl says the technology is only in prototype stage at this point, and has limited resolution, but is excited about its promise.

"If there's a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn't see the shape," Holl says. "But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that's more than 4 centimetres in size."

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Another way to spy on us. Your wireless router may be the tool that unmasks your private life. Nothing is safe anymore.  Privacy is nearly obsolete.

Russell Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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This is what the world’s top StarCraft players think of a potential contest with advanced AI

This is what the world’s top StarCraft players think of a potential contest with advanced AI | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Elite players of the strategy game reveal how they would fight high-level AI bots created by DeepMind, Facebook, and other tech companies.
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“When you play StarCraft, you have to respond very quickly to lots of uncertainties and variables, but I’ve noticed that AI like AlphaGo isn’t that good at reacting to unexpected scenarios,” Byun says.

Another reason Byun is skeptical of StarCraft AI: players need to devise and execute long-term strategies to stay ahead of their opponents. “It’s still difficult to design AI that is really, really good at both short- and long-term decision-making,” he says.

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Tribes, Flocks, and Single Servings – The Evolution of Digital Behavior – Rahaf Harfoush – Strategist & NYT Best Selling Author

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Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass

Reimagining the Future: A Journey Through the Looking Glass | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
We live in world where digital is woven into the fabric of our lives; where the pace of change is accelerating, its trajectory exponential, and the convergence of paradigm shifts is the new norm
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Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold

Turning Teaching Over to Students - Howard Rheingold | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Howard Rheingold interviews Michael Wesch, who is trying to help students make a life worth living, and that can’t just be taught and given a letter grade.

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When students participate in their learning and take responsibility for it, they engage in their learning. In my classroom, students often were asked to teach each other through their activities. More over, students wanted to help each other and teach. However, we should understand this is not an abdication of teacher responsibility. I played a vital role in their learning.
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First Robocop to join Dubai Police ranks

First Robocop to join Dubai Police ranks | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
If any place in the world is moving towards a Bladerunner-esque, sci-fi future, it's Dubai. From a fleet of supercars that enlist the assistance of Crime Prediction software in preventing crime to their jet-pack riding firefighters, this is a city that isn't afraid to embrace 21st century technology. Now it is introducing robots into its police force with the first cop-bot starting work this week and plans for 25 percent of its force to be robotic by 2030.

The initial robocop introduction will come in the form of REEM, a humanoid robot from Spanish outfit PAL Robotics. REEM was first launched back in 2011 essentially as a customizable service robot on a wheeled base designed to act as a high-tech interactive info booth for airports, museums or hospitals.

Dubai Police worked with PAL Robotics to refine the REEM design for their purposes and unveiled an adapted version in late 2016. In a recent interview with CNN, Brigadier Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi, head of the police robot project, revealed that the robocop will initially be rolled out in shopping centers and at tourist attractions before being moved into police stations to act as receptionists. Citizens will be able to pay fines, report crimes and generally conduct an assortment of initial, first-encounter police interactions.

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The age of "Robo Cop" and "Blade Runner" is here, courtesy of PAL Electronics and Dubai. Science fiction is now science fact.

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15 Terrifying Statistics About Cell Phone Addiction [Infographic] by Ayana Lage

15 Terrifying Statistics About Cell Phone Addiction [Infographic] by Ayana Lage | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Cell phone addiction is a real problem––learn more about what causes it.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 24, 1:23 AM
Le monde numérique jusque dans le lit. Cela vaut la peine de jeter un coup d'oeil sur ces statistiques.
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Technology vs Humanity – The Future is already here

Technology vs Humanity – The Future is already here | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
In a recently released video, Futurist Gerd Leonhard delivers his key messages in a powerful and passionate plea for balance between technology and humanity. This five minute video is a must see. Some of his key messages are: Sector after sector, industry after industry, we are waking up to the fact that the future is…
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"My favorite line in this video is this: Never in human history has the present been so temporary. Humanity will change more in the next 20 years then in the previous 300. The future is much too important to be left to algorithms and intelligent machines."

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Google Lens offers a clear view of the company’s future

Google Lens offers a clear view of the company’s future | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Google Lens is both a return to form for the search giant and a tantalizing glimpse into what lies ahead. Google's early claim to fame was its ability t
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If you want to understand what makes Lens truly important, rather than just a whiz-bang keynote demo, you have to look at where computing is headed. We're moving away from older input mechanisms, like keyboards and mice, and toward things like voice commands and computer vision. Devices of the future will need to see and hear the world to make sense of it. And they'll need to do all of that without any user input.

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No cell signal? No sweat. Send files via high-frequency sound waves with app

No cell signal? No sweat. Send files via high-frequency sound waves with app | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Could we replace NFC and QR codes with ultrasonic tech that allows users to send data via high-pitched audio? This startup thinks so.
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9 ways to stay safe from cyberattacks

9 ways to stay safe from cyberattacks | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
WannaCry is only a small taste of what could happen in the future. It is yet another wake-up call to become smarter than criminals, increase our cyber resilience and architect our systems and our teams to prevent attacks.
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If you do get infected, report it to local law enforcement and provide them with the relevant log information. As for your computer, it’s best to reinstall the operating system and restore your data from a clean backup copy.

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Google Photos upgraded with new sharing features, photo books, and Google Lens

Google Photos upgraded with new sharing features, photo books, and Google Lens | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Google today announced an upgrade for its popular Google Photos application, which is now being used by 500 million people every month. The app now has a new..
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73% of enterprises will run almost entirely on SaaS by 2020, report says - TechRepublic

73% of enterprises will run almost entirely on SaaS by 2020, report says - TechRepublic | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Some 38% of companies have already moved most of their apps to SaaS, according to a new survey from BetterCloud.
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The 38% of companies that have already moved a majority of their apps to SaaS report benefits such as attracting better talent and improving employee satisfaction; they also report difficulties delegating admin privileges and managing users and assets across apps, the report found.

 

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Microsoft Optimizes OneNote’s User Interface to Boost Classroom Accessibility by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

Microsoft Optimizes OneNote’s User Interface to Boost Classroom Accessibility by Meghan Bogardus Cortez | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Just in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the tech giant announces inclusivity updates to a popular classroom product.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Folders and subfolders within notebooks, very cool

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Google wants to count more than just clicks

Google wants to count more than just clicks | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
It's creating a new, free marketing analytics platform, driven by machine-learning, called Google Attribution.
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Google Analytics, is the largest in the world but mostly just measures the lask-click that drove someone to take action on an ad. That created a perverse incentive for marketers to focus only on getting clicks, instead of on the marketing that drives engagement to get the click. (See Axios: Death of the Click for more details.) This is Google's attempt to broaden its focus and measure how users interact with content beyond just a click on a link.

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Journal | ELIMINATING THE HUMAN




I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has had an unspoken overarching agenda—it has…


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Our random accidents and odd behaviors are fun—they make life enjoyable. I’m wondering what we’re left with when there are fewer and fewer human interactions. Remove humans from the equation and we are less complete as people or as a society. “We” do not exist as isolated individuals—we as individuals are inhabitants of networks, we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.

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Security & VPS – 5 Questions You Should Ask Your VPS Provider

Security & VPS – 5 Questions You Should Ask Your VPS Provider | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
With hackers getting ever more sophisticated other means are necessary to keep data safe. Private Virtual Servers (VPS) should be your focus for security.
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Bots will soon be able to borrow our identities

Bots will soon be able to borrow our identities | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
What if all the emails you’ve ever written and any other published statements you’ve made could be incorporated into a digital identity? And what if anyone could access that identity to get your advice or opinion on something when you’re no longer around?

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Mixed Reality will be most important tech of 2017

Mixed Reality will be most important tech of 2017 | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
2016 has been a remarkable year that’s brought continued growth and awareness to the worlds of Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality. Set to become a $165 Billion dollar industry by 2020, there’s still a common question that lingers among many newcomers trying to understand this fast moving digital phenomena we are just beginning to watch evolve: What’s …
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A hybrid of both AR and VR, Mixed Reality (MR) is far more advanced than Virtual Reality because it combines the use of several types of technologies including sensors, advanced optics and next gen computing power. All of this technology bundled into a single device will provide the user with the capability to overlay augmented holographic digital content into your real-time space, creating scenarios that are unbelievably realistic and mind-blowing.

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The Best Open Source Machine Learning Frameworks

The Best Open Source Machine Learning Frameworks | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
In this article, we present what the author rates as the top eight open source machine learning frameworks.
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Machine learning has basically evolved from artificial intelligence via pattern recognition and computational learning theory. Machine learning explores the area of algorithms, which can make high end predictions on data.

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New Surface Pro Leaked: Here's Your First Look

New Surface Pro Leaked: Here's Your First Look | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
Newly leaked images give us a good idea of what to expect from the next Surface Pro convertible notebook.
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... Microsoft will no longer number the Surface Pro with its 2017 refresh, so it won't be called the Surface Pro 4 or Pro 5. Instead, it will be known as the Surface Pro, similar to Apple releasing the simply-named iPad earlier this year.

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A glimpse of the VR deluge ahead – JD Lasica – Medium

A glimpse of the VR deluge ahead – JD Lasica – Medium | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
OK, you’ve heard about this virtual reality thing and know something big is coming down the road, but what is it, how big will it be and is it worth paying attention to? Last night I wandered out to…
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The MP3 Format is Music History's Latest Casualty

The MP3 Format is Music History's Latest Casualty | Digital Culture | Scoop.it

The Institute that licenses MP3 tech recently stopped, but the format that began the digital music era may live on indefinitely
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The introduction of other file formats including Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) which retains more information and the emergence of MPEG-H have also made MP3 a relic. Now that internet speeds and hard drive storage are almost non-issues, there is no longer a need to reduce every bit of extraneous data. 




Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mp3-format-music-historys-latest-casualty-180963317/#eTobUwEIUtHpyV3L.99

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9 ways to stay safe from cyberattacks

9 ways to stay safe from cyberattacks | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
WannaCry is only a small taste of what could happen in the future. It is yet another wake-up call to become smarter than criminals, increase our cyber resilience and architect our systems and our teams to prevent attacks.
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Teaching 21st Century Skills Requires More Than Just Technology

Teaching 21st Century Skills Requires More Than Just Technology | Digital Culture | Scoop.it
To foster the 21st-century skills of communication and collaboration in students requires more than just access to Google docs.
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these can be categorized as the 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration. And yet, I have started to worry about the growing presence of what I would like to call the Fake Cs.

The Fake Cs happen most often with communication and collaboration because technology creates the appearance of their existence.... but the real collaboration did not begin until we started to communicate - and that involved valuing each other's contributions, strengths, insights, and ideas.

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