Saturday, June 01, 2013

IBM’s Watson Tries to Learn…Everything

podcast: IBM’s Watson Tries to Learn…Everything - IEEE Spectrum

Watson is being helped by a team leed by well known scientist
Jim Hendler. He’s a professor of computer science and cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y. He’s been a key researcher in the related fields of knowledge discovery, software agents, and the Semantic Web. He’s also worked on autonomous mobile robots, another area where we want machines to be as intelligent as possible...

Data Science Careers @ IEEE Spectrum

Is Data Science Your Next Career? - IEEE Spectrum:
"Opportunities abound, and universities are meeting them with new programs

"...there were 93 000 data scientists registered with Kaggle, the site that creates competitions among them and helps award freelance contracts..."

Can Big Data Win Your Next Court Case?

JavaScript "Source Maps"

Introduction to JavaScript Source Maps - HTML5 Rocks

"Have you ever found yourself wishing you could keep your client-side code readable and more importantly debuggable even after you've combined and minified it, without impacting performance? Well now you can through the magic of source maps."

Source Maps 101

Using Source Maps with TypeScript

-m, --map Generate source maps alongside the compiled JavaScript files.

podcast: A Desktop Developer moves to the Web - with Mark Rendle @ hanselminutes

Electric Cars, for nearly $0

To Spark Buyers for Electric Cars, Drop the Price to Nearly $0 -

A new round of discount leases on mainstream-brand plug-in cars such as the Nissan Leaf or Fiat 500e, combined with federal, state and local electric-vehicle incentives, could make a battery-electric car an extraordinarily economical way to get around for drivers.

New Ford Focus Electric Leasing Program Rivals Nissan LEAF

Meaningful Work

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? | Video on

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.

Windows Azure Active Directory

Windows Azure Active Directory Cartoon | Windows Azure Active Directory | Channel 9

Bottom line: AD in Windows Azure is VERY different than AD on Windows Server, but it could be very useful.
As usual, Microsoft Marketing is re-using (and confusing) names.
The apps will have to support Azure AD as new feature and use new protocols/APIs.

Programming Windows Azure Active Directory

Eric Schmidt: Big Data Analytics

Google's Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama's Big Data Brains - Businessweek:

Interesting: using politics to learn trick for business and vice versa

Full Video of Tesla and SpaceX Head Elon Musk at D11

Full Video of Tesla and SpaceX Head Elon Musk at D11 - Liz Gannes - D11 - AllThingsD

WikiHouse: 3D print your own house


TED: Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people

Learning vs. Education

An excellent talk by Sir Ken Robinson on TED:

" is about learning. If there's no learning going on, there's no education going on. And people can spend an awful lot of time discussing education without ever discussing learning. The whole point of education is to get people to learn..."

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on

Another interesting presentation, by Bill Gates