Will Robotic Industry Be The Next Biggest Thing To Come? Perhaps, Robotic Industry Would Be A Natural Evolution Of Computing Industry?

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Perhaps Mr. Dmitry Grishin is lightyear ahead of things to come, because he is betting on that the robotic industry will be the next biggest thing to come by creating a $25 million robotic fund — Not Science Fiction Anymore: Mail.ru’s Dmitry Grishin Launches $25M Robotics Fund.  The fund would be headquartered in New York.  Personally, I think he is right, but it will be some years before people will see the same thing.

I love to envision that in the future, a robot would either attach to or transform into — a car — or follow you into a car, and when you need something to be done the robot would be happily slaved away to help get things done for you.  I’m sure in the future, a robot will look back and read my post and have me condemned for using the words slaved and robot together, but let hope by then I’ll be long gone — old age kind of thing.  In fact, I think in the future, a car itself is also already a type of a robot, and other types of robots will be busied with designated tasks to free up even more time for humans to dawdle.

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/06/15/not-science-fiction-anymore-mail-rus-dmitry-grishin-launches-25m-robotics-fund/

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DARPA Experiments With Do Without Passwords

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Defense Advance Research Projects Agency is taking to the idea of developing an authentication system that does without hard to remember passwords.  The idea is to authenticate someone into a system (e.g., databases, computers, electronic devices, etc…) without having a person to enter any password at all.  This way, the users won’t have to remember any password, but yet they will be able to work with their systems just as usual.

It’s a grand goal in my opinion.  To develop an authentication system that knows how to discern one person from another is a witchcraft of developing an artificial intelligence type of computing.  Of course, I use the word witchcraft to praise and not to put down the idea.  I think it will be a very hard for someone to be able to actually develop the type of authentication system which DARPA wants to acquire.

When something is hard to realize, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.  I think it’s possible to develop such a smart authentication system.  The question is, can a smart authentication system prevents hackers from manipulating it.  How about, can such a smart authentication system be transparent enough so it won’t be able to outsmart everyone, spy on everyone, and secretly keep records of everyone’s behaviors so the owners of the system can infringe on everyone’s privacy?

Comparing the idea of realizing an authentication system with artificial intelligence against the idea of deploying fingerprint scanners and other authentication systems that rely on biometric signatures, I think the latter is easier to achieve.  Also, I surmise that the latter idea is less prone to be abused in ways that disregard of users’ privacy.  Anyhow, I love how DARPA thinks big and bold, because maybe, just maybe by pushing for something extraordinary, we might get what we wish for!  For better or worse, right?

Source:  http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/darpa-detail-program-radically-alters-securit

What About Gmail’s New Look?

By now, you probably are using Gmail‘s new look already, but if you haven’t yet, then read on.

Gmail is exciting again!  Google has revamped Gmail to make email gorgeous.  Gorgeous new themes, improved search, improved conversation interface, and nicer default layout are waiting for you to activate when you log into your Gmail account.  I’m not sure if this is the manifesto for one to activate the new look of Gmail, but I had to look at the bottom most right corner to see a tiny link which led me to the activation of the new Gmail look.  Then came the whole bunch of new features to put a smile on me.

The new look of Gmail is cleaner and nicer, but I cannot get comfortable with the comfortable layout which was activated by default.  Instead, I choose to be with compact layout which is selectable under Settings.  Settings represents by a gear looking icon near the topmost right corner.  It may be that I have had gotten used to the old Gmail look for so long that now it just feels comfortable for me to use the compact layout.

One thing isn’t change is the annoying ads on the righthand side.  It just makes Gmail looks ugly!  Well, Google has to make money somehow, and I don’t blame them for having ads on the righthand side.  Sometimes, it’s better to have the cake and not to be able to eat it.  This is one of the case, and I’m not complaining!  I’m just saying!

Sure, there are couple new HD themes I think, but I still feel Google has not rolled out enough themes!  I love to see Google rolls out a lot more themes so I won’t be bored by looking at few themes over and over again.  I think themes are just as important as everything else within Gmail.  Themes can morph to fit my mood of the day!

Korea Uses Robots As Teachers, Replacing Many Foreign English Teachers

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In Korea, students are learning English from robots.  The article here suggests that Korea is going to replace more foreign English teachers with robots.  20,000 to 30,000 foreign English teachers may lose jobs.  In a good way, robots have no bias toward a single student.  In a bad way, these robots aren’t yet perfect as in measuring up to a real human teacher.  It’s unclear how robots are responding to students’ concerns beyond a curriculum.  Human teachers know how to use subtle means and methods to advance a student since each student learns differently, how robots are going to do that?  Obviously though, robots are going to have more knowledge than any single teacher since its memory could hold a lot more data, unlike fickle memory of a human.

Korea is going where few countries have yet ventured in education by using robots in replacing human teachers.  If the program goes well, nobody knows how far Korea will go along with the robots as teachers.  Teachers in Korea may lose jobs in great number if robots are better at teaching.  Maybe in the future, the whole school will be under supervision of one human principal and the rest of the teachers are robots.  Addressing the bully students still have to be a responsibility of a respectable human such as a human principal, because I still cannot imagine how a robot will be able to address such a scenario for the students.  What do you think about robots as teachers?  Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20026714-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20