David Kirkpatrick

July 3, 2010

KurzweilAI.net 2.0 launching July 5

Filed under: et.al., Media, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:06 am

Via KurzweilAI — Anyone who reads this blog even casually probably knows I use KurzweilAI as a source fairly often for futurism, and related, news items. This time it’s about KurzweilAI itself — a relaunched website next Monday.

KurzweilAI.net 2.0 launches July 5
KurzweilAI.net, July 1, 2010

KurzweilAI.net will launch a redesigned version of its Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence (KurzweilAI) website on Monday, July 5 at http://kurzweilai.net.

KurzweilAI 2.0 adds a blog and new sections for books, videos, films, TV shows, podcast directory, humor, free e-books, and news on Ray Kurzweil projects and affiliates, along with links to RSS feeds and the @kurzweilainews Twitter feed. Articles, authors, events, and forums sections have also been redesigned for easy browsing by topics, dates, and other methods.

The new website is based on WordPress, allowing for easier access to information, commenting on posts, and fast updating for breaking news and blog items. A new site-wide faceted search feature allows users to instantly find content in any of the more than 13,000 posts since 2001, based on topics and content types, in addition to “Google advanced search” style word and phrase searching.

Also included in KurzweilAI 2.0 is a completely redesigned and more powerful Ramona 4.0 chatbot, featuring multiple voice accents, variable personality (whimsical vs. nerdy), smarter chat engine, and natural-language front end to Powerset, providing access to Wikipedia and other information.

Newsletter subscribers will automatically receive a redesigned HTML newsletter offering fast access to original sources.

April 28, 2009

Wolfram|Alpha launches blog

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:10 pm

No, the engine hasn’t launched yet but the blog has and should be a great clearinghouse for information pre- and post-launch.

From the link:

Our teams are working hard to meet our goal of having Wolfram|Alpha ready for you in just a few weeks.

Since Stephen Wolfram’s initial announcement, we’ve had the opportunity to show Wolfram|Alpha to some of the thousands of you who contacted us. Many interesting questions surfaced. We plan to use this blog to address those questions and the many more we expect you’ll have as you think about how you too can use Wolfram|Alpha.

December 9, 2008

Attention designers and artists

If you’ve never heard of you thought we wouldn’t notice … go check it out. It’s a blog where people post two designs — graphics, artwork, photo compositions, or whatever — and commenters discuss whether one is a rip off of the other, just derivative or maybe that the poster must have been high to even see a resemblance.

People post their own designs that end up as t-shirts at Hot Topic or whatever, sometimes people post things they’ve come across that are blatant rips, but they have no real dog in the fight other than noticing the theft.

At any rate it’s always a fun site to check out every once in a while. I’ve been visiting it off and on for quite some time.

From the “about” page on the blog:

Welcome to ‘you thought we wouldn’t notice’ a site dedicated to pointing out those things that give you that feeling of ‘haven’t I seen that somewhere before?”

This is a open blog so anyone can post anything, therefore we don’t have control over what is put up. We can only delete/edit it once it’s there, but would much rather leave it there with corrected information.
If anyone has any issues with any of the posts please email us on ytwwn [at] youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com

Anyone posting PLEASE check your sources.
These are some of the reasons you shouldn’t post here:

  • It could be a commissioned work.
  • It could be a tribute.
  • Or it could be credited.
  • It could be the same idea by different people