The fear levels of an audience have been measured to show how machines are beginning to reveal people’s deepest feelings. The demonstration was part of a talk given by Dolby Labs chief scientist Poppy Crum at the TED conference in Vancouver. The ability to hide emotions is becoming “a thing of the past”, she said. The professor believes… Read more »
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the question is whether enough of the world’s unconnected people want all this internet, from all of these companies, and whether these companies are fully considering the financial and social constraints of the developing world. “It’s still very early to say, from a demand perspective, whether there’s enough market to fulfill all of these mega constellations,” says… Read more »
Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-42456995/sim-card-shoes-send-alert-if-wearer-falls Discussion 1) Technology that alerts someone when someone falls. What other applications of this technology can you think of? 2) The integration of sensors with telecoms is a booming field, often called Internet of Things. What issues can you think of for these sim-card enabled shoes?
Source: BBC Technology Date: March 8th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43231983/the-smart-dress-with-a-sixth-sense Discussion 1) If you’re thinking of becoming a fashion designer, does it make sense to add MIS as a major? 2) What sorts of tech-enabled clothing would you want?
Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »
Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke, pictured, addressed allegations made earlier this month by short-seller Andrew Left of Citron Research. Left published a video alleging the company doesn’t comply with Federal Trade Commission guidelines and suggesting the stock’s value is closer to $60 before any potential FTC involvement. Source: Toronto Star Date: November 4th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/10/31/shopify-shares-tumble-as-ceo-addresses-allegations-of-get-rich-quick-scheme.html Discussion 1) What… Read more »
ON OCTOBER 23, 2017 Doppler Labs founder Noah Kraft got a Facebook notification. One of those “On This Day” pop-ups, resurfacing a post from exactly two years ago, when Kraft had appeared on CNBC to make the case for his company. “We want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone’s ear,” Kraft said during… Read more »
After driving a couple of electric cars, I find it easy to see why General Motors and Ford have both announced this week that they are joining the race to make battery-powered vehicles mainstream. The cars I tested weren’t fancy Teslas. They were working horse models, namely the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf, and it was clear that… Read more »
If you were blind and walked into a coffee shop, how would you find the counter so you could order? That’s easy for Susan Vaile at 9 Bars Coffee in Toronto — she just needs to listen to her smartphone: “Walk forward six metres to carpet. Service counter at 9 o’ clock.” Source: CBC News Date: September 22,… Read more »
When Steve Jobs launched the iPhone in 2007, he said it was 5 years ahead of the competition and he was right. But after a decade, it’s starting to feel like Apple needs something big again. And now, on cue, here comes something big. Source: Wired Magazine Date: September 7th, 2017 Link to 5 minute 44 second… Read more »