Someone just pointed me at a video of some incredibly talented young gymnasts performing on the Britain’s Got Talent show (Click Here to see this video).
Of course this set me to thinking about that incredibly funny “Greek-Irish” Father-and-Son dancing act from a few years ago. This was where they totally poked fun at Michael Flatley of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance fame (Click Here to see this video). Honestly, this is laugh-out-loud… especially if you are familiar with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
Meanwhile, another new video that’s making its way around the Internet is the one about the elevator equipped with speech recognition. There aren’t any buttons… you have to speak your requirements. The problem is that the speech recognition software was created in America, but the elevator is installed in Scotland and it doesn’t understand Scottish accents (Click Here to see this video).
I don’t know why, but this set me to thinking about that awe-inspiring video from 2008 of a young lad – Matt Harding – who took a trip around the world and got someone to video him as he performed a strange little jig-like-dance in each country. One reason this is so amazing is that news spread around the Internet such that people wanted to dance with him. That coupled with the incredible background music makes this one of my top “feel-good” movies of all time (Click Here to see this video).
And finally (at least for the moment), on a thought-provoking note, did you hear that the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008, Luc Montagnier, is claiming that DNA can send 'electromagnetic imprints' of itself into distant cells and fluids which can then be used by enzymes to create copies of the original DNA. This would be equivalent to quantum teleportation. (Click Here to see the article and Click Here to see the original paper.)
For myself, I think that all this shows is that Nobel Prize winners can be as misguided as the next man… what say you?
Voice recognition...yeah right.....
I used to have a Kyocera 3035 CDMA phone. It had voice recognition. If it was in my car kit, and a call came in, it would say "Incoming call. Answer??" I was fresh from Zimbabwe, and the first time I tried it I was with an Australian mate. I said "Yes". The phone said "Incoming call. Answer??" "YES!" I shouted. Again, "Incoming call. Answer??" "YES!!!" I screamed, by now ready to smash it. ""Incoming call. Answer??" "Yes" said my friend. And it answered.....
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.