Shatner spent five days recording a StoryFile, a type of interactive video created by a company also called StoryFile. Portions of the recording, which were captured by 3D cameras, will be “tagged” using StoryFile’s proprietary system. Later, Shatner’s ghost will be beamed to his family members, to fans via the internet, and possibly to museums and entertainment venues. People will be able to ask Shatner’s ghost questions. StoryFile’s system will “play” the answers, creating the illusion that William Shatner lives, even long after he passes on.
Welcome to the new spiritualism.
A hundred years ago, the idle rich of Europe and America indulged a fascination with the great beyond. A quasi-religious movement called Spiritualism, which began in the 1830s and rose in popularity during times of great trauma, such as during the U.S.’s Civil War. The movement peaked in the years between 1918 and the early 1920s, when Spiritualist ideas spilled over into mainstream popular culture.
The rich and famous went nuts for conjuring the dead 100 years ago. And now, they’re at it again.
Another reason is that nearly everyone wears masks. And there's plenty of space, so everyone can keep their distance.
(We're lucky that we have an apartment to go to. Otherwise we'd been standing outside the airport like hundreds of other travelers right now.)
A privately owned railway in Japan called the Choshi Electric Railway operates on only four miles of tracks. Business is bad, so the company is trying to monetize in part by selling rocks from under the tracks. In cans! Why, Japan? Why?
A company called UneeQ has created an artificial intelligence (AI) digital version of Albert Einstein. The company's "conversational and experiential" AI enables what the company calls a "meaningful experience with one of history's greatest minds." The software faithfully re-creates Einstein's personality, according to the company.
Einstein's voice was created by Aflorithmic. His face was created by Goodbye Kansas Studios. And his knowledge comes from WolframAlpha.
Is virtual Albert Einstein believable? It's all relative.
Both blockers and the blocked act like blocking is at least a rude affront and at worst an act of aggression.
People who block are sometimes accused of being intellectual cowards who can't stand disagreement.
The act of blocking is seen by some as how filter bubbles are created, resulting in a delusional social experience where everyone agrees.
I'm here to tell you that blocking is none of these things.
It helps to embrace my "cocktail party" metaphor for social media. Just like a cocktail party, we use social sites like Twitter or Facebook in order to enjoy the company of others, have stimulating conversations, cultivate relationships among people we want to know better and to learn new things.
Every user's account, in this metaphor, is their home, to which they can invite to their party anyone they choose for any reason they choose.
Anyone invited is free to accept the invitation, or decline it, and for any reason they choose.
The act of blocking someone is akin to choosing to not invite them to your party.
Reticence to block is precisely what makes Twitter uncivil. If you're inviting everyone to your party, including the serial disruptors, jerks and sociopaths, then you shouldn't blame Twitter -- you're the one who invited those people by not blocking them.
Twitter has 330 million active monthly users. You will never interact with 99.9% of them. Blocking is merely an opportunity to exert a little control over some of the people you will never in the future interact with. It’s the other side of the following coin. Blocking is good. Blocking is right. Blocking improves Twitter. Blocking turns Twitter into a perfect cocktail party.
So stop complaining about Twitter. And start blocking like it’s a bodily function.
This is probably around 1988. I was working at South Coast Community Newspapers (in Santa Barbara, California). Note the landline phone, calculator, use of an actual ball-point pen and tiny Mac. Wow.
The IoT revolution comes with many benefits. Chief among these is how inexpensive IoT devices can be. But reaping the benefits of IoT requires that those devices also be small and energy efficient, enabling a great many of them to be deployed. Some of them must also be efficiently battery-powered, which means minimizing on-board processing capabilities.
Many IoT devices are small, inexpensive and good at one or a small number of tasks, including the collection of sensor or location data. They should also be good at offloading that data for further processing. And that's where the power of MEC and 5G come in for the future of IoT.
IoT devices can generate tons of data. Two of the benefits of IoT devices are low power consumption and low cost. By enabling low-latency processing of this data at the edge instead of on the devices or in the cloud, IoT solutions can remain flexible, and the devices themselves can:
Operate with minimal maintenance.
Use smaller, cheaper and long-lasting batteries.
Ultimately, all that means the whole operation can be made more cost-effective. Here’s everything you need to know.
Because in the near future you won't be able to.
A makeup commercial in Japan shows three models -- two of them are CGI, and the other one pretends to be a robot for a living. Can you tell which is real and which are fake?