Design Con 2015
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
reeti rajput
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
reeti rajput   5/22/2013 9:41:17 AM
NO RATINGS
This is very benificial for us. They have many ideas.This is exellent blog and i am very happy to read this article.. http://backlinksseo.in

Russell.Pittman
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
Russell.Pittman   6/22/2012 9:05:07 PM
NO RATINGS
I will always associate Ray Kurzweil with Speech Recognition due to the fact that his Autograph appeared on my paychecks when I spent a short time with Lernout&Hauspie (L&H)in the late '90s leading up to the dot-bomb explosion. L&H was a publicly traded company whose software patents were instrumental in the voice-to-text speech patterns developments. Although these two gents were from Belgium (I believe), this company, L&H, had been based in Massachusetts at the time, yet subsequently ran into financial troubles like so many other tech cos of the day. I'd have liked to have saved my paycheck just because of Ray Kurzweil's signature on it, yet the small compensation was best put to use in the bank. The fact that Mr. Kurzweil helped bring this software to the consumer markets, and made it more widely known, and competed with Dragon's Naturally Speaking as well as later IBM's Via Voice, was certainly helpful in making it known to all that this was a for-real product that had proven potential, and whose demand, and development to its expertise today, would definitely pay off. He was still a risk-taker then, and that's still a good thing today.

MalWatts
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
MalWatts   6/12/2012 9:35:41 AM
NO RATINGS
Perhaps Mr Kurzweil just doesn't think in a vertically-oriented way ? (See for example the book "A Perfect Mess- the Hidden Benefits of Disorder"). I believe it's fairly well established now that some folks spread stuff out horizontally, and some stack it vertically in a manner that suits their way of thinking/mental indexing. This, of course, drives absolutely crazy those people obsessed with lining things up in an orderly way and creating clean-desk policies... :-) Mal.

RobertoPieraccini
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
RobertoPieraccini   6/11/2012 11:03:19 PM
NO RATINGS
I don't know why Ray Kurzweil is often associate with Speech Recognition, since he has very little to do with it. Yes, it's true he started a company in the 1980s developing a speech recognition product, like many others did at that time. However, most likely, he did not use the leading technology (statistical methods), which was already well known a that time (thanks to think-tank places such as IBM research and AT&T Bell Laboratories), and it was rapidly forgotten. Sure, he wrote interesting books, but in my opinion he did not contributed to the technology, like many other (less famous) scientists did in the 60+ years of the history of computers and speech, as I describe in "The Voice in the Machine" http://www.amazon.com/The-Voice-Machine-Computers-Understand/dp/0262016850/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339455670&sr=8-1-spell. Associating Ray Kurzweil to the speech recognition technology is a little bit like associating Al Gore to the invention of Internet... I can't comment on the horizontally placed books.

jaybus0
User Rank
CEO
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
jaybus0   6/9/2012 11:45:16 AM
NO RATINGS
I did it for two reasons; 1. Ran out of shelf area and realized I should think of it as volume, rather than area. 2. Some instrument companies like SRS think their manuals need to be letter size paper in ring binders that are taller than the distance between my shelves. No idea why Kurzweil did it. Because he can? Thank goodness for the Internet and PDFs.

sanjaac
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
sanjaac   6/9/2012 7:29:52 AM
NO RATINGS
Correction: "[...] specially for which have [...]" should read: "[...] specially for books which have [...]"

sanjaac
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
sanjaac   6/9/2012 7:29:00 AM
NO RATINGS
I usually do the same, specially for which have hardcovers which are bigger than the book's pages. The reasons? - If you put the books standing, with the pass of time, the pages will bind (specially for heavy books), putting an unnecessary stress on the area where they are adhered together and to the book covers. - With the pass of time, dust gathers over the top part of the book, making it look very nasty and ugly. These two situations you can avoid if you just stack your books laying.

pineywoodsdavid
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
pineywoodsdavid   6/9/2012 4:49:02 AM
NO RATINGS
books?

mediatechnology
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
mediatechnology   6/8/2012 7:48:40 PM
NO RATINGS
OK, this does not require serious forensics folks other than to still-frame the Kurzweil image and look. It doesn't look like Mr. Kurzweil's shelves are adjustable. (He probably can afford something better than Ikea.) Most carpenter dudes are going to place those shelves on 12" centers. 1" inch dimensional lumber is 3/4" thick leaving 11-1/4" for bound printed material. Could be that dimensional lumber wasn't used and the shelves are 1" or 5/8" with a 1"x 2" stiffener along the front. I've lived in a house with bookcases that were on 12" centers and I can assure you it was a PITA with 50-80% of my material laying flat just like Mr. Kurzweil's.

Nicholas.Lee
User Rank
Rookie
re: What's with Ray Kurzweil?
Nicholas.Lee   6/7/2012 11:16:00 AM
NO RATINGS
Maybe this futurologist thinks print is dead and is letting the books Rest-In-Peace?

Page 1 / 3   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Want a Voltera Desktop PCB Printer?
Max Maxfield
13 comments
I just received an email from my chum Javi in Spain. "Have you heard about Voltera (VolteraInc.com)? It's a Canadian company that is going to offer desktop-size PCB printers for fast ...

Aubrey Kagan

Have You Ever Been Blindsided by Your Own Design?
Aubrey Kagan
37 comments
I recently read GCHQ: The uncensored story of Britain's most sensitive intelligence agency by Richard J. Aldrich. The Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain's equivalent of ...

Martin Rowe

No 2014 Punkin Chunkin, What Will You Do?
Martin Rowe
2 comments
American Thanksgiving is next week, and while some people watch (American) football all day, the real competition on TV has become Punkin Chunkin. But there will be no Punkin Chunkin on TV ...

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
15 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Doug Bailey, VP of marketing at Power Integrations, gives a ...
See how to ease software bring-up with DesignWare IP ...
DesignWare IP Prototyping Kits enable fast software ...
This video explores the LT3086, a new member of our LDO+ ...
In today’s modern electronic systems, the need for power ...