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Comment Re:I've worked a few ... (Score 1) 38

Ya, the judges for these things are usually suits so it's pretty easy to pull the wool over their eyes. Three years ago all you had to do was use the term "Neural Network" for an instant win. These days, it's writing a quick Oculus app. The sad thing is, it makes it almost impossible to win these things honestly. In order to win, a competitor needs to make some grandiose claims that they'd never be able to back up. Otherwise they'll just get beat out by the teams focusing on smoke and mirrors.

Comment Linkitz (Score 1) 490

There is a Toronto startup making a programming oriented girl's toy called Linkitz. I think it's a really cool toy.
They are geared towards socializing, because it turns out girls like that sort of thing.
I think this is a good example of an effective way to stimulate STEM interest in young girls. The toys aren't necessarily pink and "girly", and they aren't reinforcing gender stereotypes. Instead they have done research on what kind of toys young girls like to play with, and built on that. They've ended up with a toy that is designed with girls in mind, but it wouldn't seem unusual to see a boy using one.

Comment Re:Too late for him (Score 3, Interesting) 144

Your post made me curious enough to read the article to hear some of the things Elonis said. Here's my favorite:

When his wife secured a Protection From Abuse order by a state judge, Elonis went on Facebook to declare, “Fold up your PFA and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?”

What a charming man.

Comment Maybe not so difficult (Score 1) 109

It's a literacy exam, so maybe having an AI grade the papers won't be so bad? I mean, if all the AI is doing is checking grammar and sentence structure and the like, then that seems doable. By the fact that they used the term "cognitive computing" I assume they are planning on using Watson, who should be good enough to get the job done. Better than having a human do it anyway.

Comment Nausea (Score 1) 34

As anybody who's used an Occulus will tell you, even slight differences between vision and head movement can cause a lot of nausea. So imagine what using this device is going to be like, where you not only have to deal with a slight lag, but also a delay based off the movement of the robot's head. I strongly suspect that nobody will be able to use this device for more than a couple minutes.

Comment Re:The only way to win at Google? (Score 1) 185

When this becomes the prevailing attitude at a company, that company then becomes risk adverse and innovation slows down.

Maybe that's a good thing for Google. They have ongoing projects to defeat human mortality, create sapient AI, and strap cameras to everybody's heads. They could probably stand to tone it down a little.

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