Amazon has added Alexa to its shopping app so users can chat with the virtual assistant through an iPhone or iPad. And in late March 2017, it added Alexa to its Prime Now two-hour delivery service. Apple, in the interim, is working in its own answer to Alexa, a Siri speaker for the home.
They probably know you better than your spouse or significant other.
TED Talks "Progress Report by Dr Li Fei Fei (Standford's Visions Lab) in 2015"
"Cameras can take pictures that convert light to two dimensional arrays of numbers known as pixels, but they do not carry meaning in themselves. Just like to hear is not the same as to listen, to take pictures is not the same as to see. And by seeing, what we really mean is, understanding.
So Vision begins with the eyes, but truly takes place in the brain."
- Dr Li Fei Fei
A tale of her extraordinary quest to give computers vision and then ... Visual Intelligence.
Dr Li Fei Fei, Chief Scientist of AI/ML, Google Cloud (Jan 2017)
So if you want to beat Japan's women's volleyball team, maybe you need your own robot too! :)
more details at:
Tanzan, watch out!
A cool USD$200,000 it seems.
Northrop Grumman Remotec, a division of one of the largest military contractors in the country, outfits over 400 US civilian bomb squads with their Andros robot - a machine capable of assessing suspicious packages and diffusing bombs.
I came across this video on Honda's Miimo 300 from 2015 which promises to free up a home owner's time. if you're wondering how it's smart enough not to mow Aunt Sally's precious plot of roses by accident or fall into a pond, well, the Miimo apparently gets it's smarts from a combination of sensors, a timer and manually set boundaries via electrical signals coming from wire that are installed above or below ground. And it's smart enough to head back to a charging station when needed.
But will it mow my toe off by accident?
Never seen one in action yet... are they still around?
I've been a Windows user most of my life but I've set myself a goal of learning how to use Linux and the Raspberry Pi because:
Alright, let's set up my Pi 2.
1. Formating the MicroSD Card
Here 's an excellent post on this, How to format hard disk, USB flash drive, and SD cards in elementary OS / Ubuntu illustrating two methods: using GParted (FOSS) and from the Terminal.
2. Understanding Linux
Finally, I've managed to format my micro SD card using the linux terminal commands and copied NOOBS into it.
Various screens during the install process.
Now that I've installed Rasbian the NOOBS way, I'm going to start all over and install it without NOOBS, and then try various flavours of linus including Kali, which people say is good for pen-testing, but is it really geared for that?
Then after that, we'll get to the reason why I'm messing around with the Pi 2 ... to create a Smart Home system!
Yeah, you read it right, I'm drooling all over my Pi, nope, and I don't mean pie. :)
Yes, yes, I know the Raspberry Pi 3 is already out but hey, I didn't have to spend a dime to get the Pi 2 to play around for a couple of weeks so I am so not complaining!
and tada / Drumrolls, introducing THE RASPBERRY PI 2 !!!
Got some ideas what I want to create with this, I'm gonna be really busy the next couple of weeks!!!
Elementary OS is awesome. The user interface is aesthetically appealing and simple to figure out without reading manuals, watching tons of tutorial videos and without digging through tons of menus and sub-menus to change most settings.
I like to use my computer to do stuff, not fight the UI.
However, if you're a office productivity type of user, here's a list of apps you're likely to need:
The great news is that all the above are software are free or donation-ware i.e. if you use some of them regularly, do consider donating to the software devs so that they can regularly update the software.
Oh, unless you like getting under the hood, stick to installing apps from the "Software Centre" and avoid terminal commands like "sudo get-app" and the like. It's a lot safer and stress free.