It might be a stretch to suggest that there’d be no AI without John McCarthy, but at the very least, we’d likely be discussing the concept much differently. The computer scientist, who died on Sunday at 84, is credited with coining the term “Artificial Intelligence” as part of a proposal for a Dartmouth conference on the subject. The event, held in 1956, is regarded as a watershed moment for the subject. Early the following decade, McCarthy pioneered LISP, a highly popular programming language amongst the AI development community. In 1971, he won a Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery and 20 years later was awarded National Medal of Science. A more complete obituary for McCarthy can be found in the source link below.
John McCarthy, AI pioneer, dies at 84 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Summer’s whittling away folks, and with it the promised window for
Palm’s HP’s Pre 3. Last we heard, the flagship device would miss its launch window, but a new directive from the company suggests its release isn’t too far off. Registered webOS developers received an email about an updated emulator and deets regarding the App Catalog’s newfound acceptance of Pre 3 submissions. Speaking of digital storefronts, the company also noted the latter’s expansion into the following territories: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Get this far? Hop on past the break and read the full communiqu
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The following are what most humans would call “great experiences”: eating gelato on a hot summer’s day, riding a tandem bike with Anthony Hopkins, or, in the case of Sony executive Tim Schaaff, having your life’s work nearly destroyed by a band of hackers
. Because for Schaaff, president of Sony Network Entertainment, this spring’s persistent PSN outage
wasn’t so much devastating as it was… enlightening
. Here’s how he described the hack (and ensuing epiphany) to VentureBeat
‘s Dylan Tweney:
“I think for people running network businesses, it’s not just about improving your security, because I’ve never talked to a security expert who said, ‘As long you do the following three things you’ll be fine, because hackers won’t get you… the question is how do you build your life so you’re able to cope with those things. It’s been a great experience.”
Phenomenal as it must’ve felt to get in touch with his inner defeatist, Schaaff admitted that he “would not like to do it again” — probably because his mouth can only house one foot at a time.
Sony exec says PSN hack was ‘a great experience,’ apparently means it originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Another day another liveblog, but not
just another company. Today it’s Nintendo that will be keeping us rapt with anticipation, and with any luck the big man, Reggie Fils-Aime, will be taking us on quite a ride. Will we see the unveiling of Project Cafe
? Will Nintendo tell us just how its 3DS is going to compete in a PlayStation Vita
world? Could we finally get that Nintendogs
and Paper Mario
mash-up we’ve been waiting for? We’ll be going live shortly, at the following times below:
06:00AM – Hawaii
09:00AM – Pacific
10:00AM – Mountain
11:00AM – Central
12:00PM – Eastern
05:00PM – London
06:00PM – Paris
08:00PM – Moscow
01:00AM – Tokyo (June 8th)
Continue reading Live from Nintendo’s E3 2011 keynote!
Live from Nintendo’s E3 2011 keynote! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Early previews of a new update for the Boxee Box mentioned a couple of different version numbers, but now the company has settled on v1.1 for the software update (sorry, still nothing for PCs) it’s rolling out over the next few days with a slew of new features. VP of Marketing Andrew Kippen confirms the “huge browser update” he’d mentioned earlier is included with the following features: favorites, history, a better UI to show more of the picture and include more options, plus expanded HTML5 capabilities that should fix login problems for HBO Go. There’s no mention of iPad support, but the whole on screen display has been trimmed with a new seek bar for more precise FF/Rewind action, along with support for customized local metadata and NFO files, a new MLB.tv app and two new content partners including the worst TV channel ever and SnagFilms. One thing that’s been removed? Volume controls, which Boxee says “improves consistency” and makes it the same as any standard Blu-ray player. As usual, the update will be issued automatically, but if you just can’t wait you can force it manually, check the source links for details, more screenshots and a full changelog.
Boxee Box v1.1 update includes improved browser, playback controls and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 May 2011 09:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you’re looking for an awesome, impractical way to make music with your computer (and who isn’t?) please direct your attention to the following Kinect hack. Shinect, the brainchild of a YouTube user named Shinyless, uses motion detection to turn you
into a MIDI controller! The current implementation gives the operator two virtual pads that can be activated by the old Jersey Shore
fist pump — and if that ain’t enough, the sounds can be pitchshifted by raising / lowering the other arm. Pretty sweet, huh? This thing uses OpenNI
, and while he’s demonstrating it using FruityLoops it should work with any MIDI device. Things are pretty rough’n ready at the moment, although he promises big things in the future. In the meantime, check out the proof-of-concept in the video after the break.
Continue reading Kinect hack turns you into a punching, waving MIDI controller (video)
Kinect hack turns you into a punching, waving MIDI controller (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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