And you thought multitouch gestures were annoying – how about mashing your whole hand on your screen to close an app or rapping on it with your knuckle to summon Siri (or Iris?). A new technology from Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute allows your device to distinguish between different types of taps using a microphone and touchscreen.
Created by Chris Harrison, the same guy… → Read More
A cluster of computers on Carnegie Mellon’s campus named NELL, or formally known as the Never-Ending Language Learning System, has attracted significant attention this week thanks to a NY Times article, “Aiming To Learn As We Do, A Machine Teaches Itself.”
Indeed, the eight-month old computer system attempts to “teach” itself by perpetually scanning slices of the web as it looks at thousands of… → Read More
The humans the car did not kill. My alma mater, CMU, won the DARPA city challenge in which they had to build — and successfully deploy — an autonomous vehicle in a simulated city environment. Sure, any schlub can send a robot car across the desert. But can you send it through the mean streets of Scranton, PA or a simulation thereof? Didn’t think so. The Register has coverage of… → Read More