A mobile app to allow communication between bonobos and people...
The timing made this project look like an April's fool joke... Researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary are designing a mobile app to allow bonobos to communicate using a combination of words and symbols. And control a robot-ape... This is fascinating and frightening at the same time, I see so many ways research in this direction could go wrong.
MIT is pretty serious about data visualization and analysis.
TED Talks MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch...
Beyond the entertaining value of watching compilations of bone-breakings by Steven Seagal, it is interesting to note that this is one of the best examples of a task that computers are still very far from achieving... and a form of curation!
One of an increasing number of companies trying to replicate a succesful disruptive model to a new industry, TurningArt wants to be the Netflix for art prints. THe service allows you to "rotate" high quality prints in one single frame, and to ship them back when you receive a new one.
What other models can be leverage to see the next ["Name of a successful service"] for ["an industry where you did not think it could apply"] ?
A great 2011 TED Talk by Eli Pariser, describing how algorithms are increasingly tailoring the information we find online... and how it is threatening the openness of the web by limiting our access to unfiltered information. There is not One Web anymore, but a collection of personal bubbles, where relevance has replaced importance.
How to grow a successful business and "Leave a dent in the universe"? By learning *not to swallow*. Great talk at TEDxSoMa by B-Sides founder Mike Dahn, on the power of Chaordic design and community in general.
Social media is now established as a corner stone of public relations; it is leveraged by brands and politicians alike - especially in Silicon Valley - and blurs a distance that used to exist between people an public figures. On the other hand, facial hair is a much older way to instantly make a face more recognizable. From Civil war generals, movie actors, infamous dictators, dadaist artists, athletes... many moustaches and beards styles now bear the name of the person that initially popularized them, while becoming instantly recognizable.
Will San Francisco's mayor Ed Lee see his moustache adorn one of Virgin America's planes any time soon?
The RIAA lobbyed in favor of laws such as PIPA and SOPA, claiming property rights on any copy of songs in their catalog. SendThemYourMoney is a witty reply to the belief than any copy has as much value as the original...
Record and record players are old (and cool) enough to have gained an iconic status. But even something as vintage as a record player can be disrupted (again). 30 years after the CD started taking over the music market, SoundWagon boldly shows that there was another, low-tech way to read a record, without a bulky player. Brilliant.
From iOS auto-correct to chatterbots to wolfram alpha, they all have growing and increasingly centralized collections of their best easter eggs and most epic failures. Often on Tumblr. If it does not have these AI to shy away from one day taking over the Earth, it could definitely become an invaluable base to teach them good sense of humor!