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.

August 22, 2008

Cool political websites

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:36 pm

CIO.com has a story on five “innovative” political sites. Interesting article because these are all off the beaten track of internet politics. There’s plenty out there in this presidential election year coupled with very active web communities on the left and the right.

Check out the article for the scoop on all five. To get you started here’s number three — and a potential money maker:

3. SaysMe.tv

You say you’ve always secretly yearned to be a political media strategist? Here’s your chance. At SaysMe.tvyou can select a pre-fab 30-second political ad and run it on one of several TV channels. (At press time SaysMe was available in 11 U.S. cities; by year-end it plans to sell time in 82 cable markets nationwide.) You can choose from a few dozen ads promoting issues on either side of the political stripe, with new ones added each week. Then pick the market and channel where you want it to run and how many times it should appear. Best of all, each ad ends with “Paid for by [your name].”

Of course, air time costs money. A single airing starts at $6 for CNBC in Cleveland and reaches as high as $2750 for TNT in Los Angeles. But you can also submit your own broadcast-quality political spots that others can use –and collect royalties every time someone else airs them.

February 15, 2008

Go to hell in the UK

Filed under: et.al. — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:45 pm

This website is great. It lists entrances to hell around the UK. Click on a few of the listings. Funny, funny stuff. Sites like these remind me of the wild and woolly olden days of internet yore — like B2K (before the year two thousand.)

(Hat tip: the Corner)