Man v. Machine

Smart machines learn by playing games, making mistakes and learning from them. To solve new challenges not stored in past experience, machines create new paths through data.  Machines learn quickly, forge their way in unanticipated directions through the neural network frameworks constructed by Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc.  This burrowing through networks of neuron-aping nodes, called deep-learning sometimes results in […]

The end of computer programming

The brain has functions analogous to a computer –writing (communicating), storing, recalling via a formal syntax.  For decades, human programmers have been coding behavior using languages such as machine-command Assembly Language, and higher-level Basic, C#, Java, HTML/XML, IOS, etc. These language programs consist of step-by-step instructions that instruct a machine to create, manipulate, store and recall […]

Neural Networks

Your brain consists of a network of neural cells that transport and combine charges or message fragments. The network configures new paths to accommodate learning (new information or perceptions). Per Wired Magazine, July 2016 issue, “Neural networks are changing the Internet. Inspired by the networks of neurons inside the human brain, these deep mathematical models can […]

3D Printers –Build What You Can’t Buy

metal copy-protected keys

Any citizen, terrorist or nut case with a 3D printer can create an unregistered (ghost) gun. The picture below shows the components of a gun prior to assembly. (Wired Magazine, August 2015) The keys below fit “restricted keyways”. They are distributed to only those few people who are approved for access to whatever lies behind […]

Virtual Reality you can afford

Intercom, the Society of Technical Communications magazine,included an article called “Trying Virtual Reality on the Cheap With Google Cardboard” by Neil Perlin. If you have an Android phone, order a Google Virtual Reality cardboard viewer from Amazon for under $30. The viewer comes as a flat piece cardboard with built-in lenses and instructions to fold […]

Writing for Reader Experience

Society of Technical Communication (STC) Intercom Magazine contained the article cited below describing how we technical writers should present information to users. Today’s emphasis has shifted from cost-efficient content management to consumer experience. Our job is to delight users and simplify the message. Ways to do this include: > Invert the relationship between text and […]

Technology Treats

Google is busy churning out magic glasses and cars that drive themselves. But I’ve found two ideal gadgets that utterly changed my life.  Background: I am one-handed. My right hand ceased functioning  several years ago. Try to hold a jar and twist the top off with one hand. Try  to hold a traditional can opener […]