Posts Tagged with "technology"

Something to Remember When Time Travelling

February 27th, 2013 at 5:59 pm by Mark
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Major technological advances are to be expected from decade to decade, and that’s a fact. But when we set expectations for our future, people never take into account social change; they simply use their current culture and attitude as a baseline for “how things will be.” Someone from the nineteen fifties who travelled to the here-and-now would certainly be shot down to realize that despite all the keen gadgets we have today, most people are just wet rags…

Q: If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?  A: I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.  I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.

Technical Support Isn’t

October 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm by Mark
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I’ll bet Dell and AT&T are scouting this guy for a Senior Technical Support Assistant job right now!

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AT&T: Pioneers of Speech Recognition

June 23rd, 2012 at 5:37 pm by Mark
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Most people know AT&T as “the telephone company,” but have little concept that they actually developed a ton of other technology still in use today. Beginning in the 1980’s, AT&T implemented automated speech recognition technology across its networks, and has continued to streamline the system ever since. Rather than simply understanding the words, AT&T’s speech recognition uses artificial intelligent to actually understand the spoken language.

At times, interfacing with other software seems counterproductive, given that it will often take written (or typed) data and read it back as voice before processing commands, but when you’re looking at the most advanced speech recognition in the world, it does make an odd bit of sense.

Proof That CAPTCHA Sucks

February 18th, 2012 at 2:23 pm by Mark
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Just about every time you post any message, sign up for an account, or punch in a wrong password, you get stuck with stupid “Enter the text/numbers” CAPTCHA codes. And now we know for certain, and by its own admission, that CAPTCHA sucks.


Rare Glimpse at a Microsoft Future

March 27th, 2010 at 3:00 pm by Mark
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I’m always amazed at how the environmentally conscious “green” future is always so … white?