Sure, you often hear of fancy ‘life hacks’ about people who program their smart speaker to turn on a coffee maker or help with math homework. But the stories I get to hear from young people on the experimental edge of the home-based Internet-of-Things (IOT) phenomenon range from the hilarious to the unsettling. I’ve been … Continue reading Things I get to hear about Alexa and Google Home!
I have been curious about Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, purely from a tech perspective. Also it’s interesting to keep an eye on where AI is going. It’s easy to be cynical, because a piece of always-on hardware that ‘listens’ to everything going on in your home all day is well, a bit creepy. Not … Continue reading How indispensable could Alexa be?
So what’s the Facebook-fueled fad about ‘pandemic pods‘ all about? As with many fads, it’s something that’s been around for more than a century. Since 1906, to be exact. And the model? A small house –a casa. Basically a ‘house of children’ or ‘Casa dei Bambini.’ That was, of course, the first successful hands-on school … Continue reading Tired of Zoom? Small schools suddenly seem attractive
It comes as no surprise that the Amazon Echo speaker is listening more closely than people think. Let’s be clear: It’s not listening in, it’s eavesdropping. The word has been around for more than 300 years! It describes the act of someone secretly “listening under the eaves” to another. Alexa is supposed to be in … Continue reading Eavesdropping is a nice way of saying ‘spying’.
The network went down on Saturday the 16th June. It was more like a system malfunction when our dear friend Chanaka Goonewardene left us. Each of us – and our spouses, and our children, and our parents – have stories to tell of Chanaka. Not just Peterite stories but tales of banking, of spontaneous trips … Continue reading Goodbye to a dear friend – Chanaka Goonewardene
I’ve had some fun with Alexa. The matter was settled over the Christmas break: We can do without AI in our home. I had previously written about it here. And featured voice assistants in my last tech column, “I spy with my little AI.” I reference how creepy it could get should an AI enabled … Continue reading Voice assistants I love to unplug, and smart fridges I really don’t need
You are not imagining. Suddenly there is a lot of talk about these things called Chatbots. And, um, what exactly is a Chatbot? It’s probably not what you might imagine at first. It’s not an App that you use to talk to someone – thought that evolution might just happen. A Chatbot is a virtual … Continue reading The Chatbots are coming! The Chatbots are coming!
“I’m OK.” Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist who reported for NPR, who was freed from Iranian prison this week. “But the president I worked for always wanted it short. He thought about people sitting in the audience on a hot day…” Mark Salter, who has written commencement speeches for Senator John McCain, commeiting on on what … Continue reading Quotes for the week ending 16 May, 2009
We said goodbye to some extraordinary people this year. Arthur C. Clarke, si-fi writer, father of the communications satellite, permanent resident of Sri Lanka – 19, March, 2008 Hal Riney, advertising man extraordinaire – 25 March, 2008 Charleston Heston, of “Ten Commandments” and NRA fame – 5 April, 2008 Tim Russert, journalist extraordinaire, of NBC’s … Continue reading 2008 in Retrospect: The Good, The Bad, and The Absolutely Hilarious!
A college level YouTube video class about using YouTube video! It had to move in this direction sooner of later. A YouTube video of a class about YouTube. Half the class is asked to do a post, and half the class have to respond to it using a YouTube video. It is a college level … Continue reading For this you went to college?