Tag: computers

Jun 16, 2015

What a Machine Learning Mario Can Teach Us About Evolution

What a Machine Learning Mario Can Teach Us About Evolution

In this informative video, Seth Bling discusses neural evolution and explains how a machine learning Mario teaches us about evolution.

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Feb 5, 2015

How ‘Green Screen’ Worked Before Computers

How 'Green Screen' Worked Before Computers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msPCQgRPPjI?rel=0&w=800&h=450%5D For those of us who grew up in the age of CGI, green screen is just “a thing that computers do”. But how did effects like this work before the age of pixels? With the help of some suitably shiny graphics, here’s a quick summary by Tom Scott. If you enjoyed the…

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Dec 18, 2014

Picture of the Day: Delivering a Computer in 1957

Picture of the Day: Delivering a Computer in 1957

Photograph via Norfolk Record Office Seen here is the Norwich City Council’s first computer, being delivered to the City Treasurer’s Department in Bethel Street, Norwich in 1957. The City of Norwich, and its forward-thinking Treasurer, Mr A.J. Barnard, were pioneers in the application of computer technology to the work of UK local authorities and…

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Apr 13, 2014

Steve Jobs and the Bicycle of the Mind

Steve Jobs and the Bicycle of the Mind

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFP1nCCJe40?rel=0&w=800&h=600%5D A young Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011) marvels at humankind’s ability to build tools as a way of amplifying our natural capabilities. Recounting a story he read as a child about the efficiency of locomotion amongst various species on Earth, a human on a bicycle ‘blew away the competition’. For Jobs, the…

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Mar 27, 2014

Picture of the Day: Long Exposure Keyboard Zoom

Picture of the Day: Long Exposure Keyboard Zoom

LONG EXPOSURE KEYBOARD ZOOM Photograph by LUKE STAFF Website | Flickr How cool is this! Photographer Luke Staff took a long exposure of his backlit keyboard while slowly zooming in and this was the result. Luke posted the image to reddit back in December of 2013. In the comments Luke explains how…

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Feb 17, 2014

Picture of the Day: USB Drive 2004 vs 2014

Picture of the Day: USB Drive 2004 vs 2014

USB DRIVE 2004 vs 2014 Photograph by PNG1 on reddit What a difference 10 years make! In this great ‘then and now’ comparison, we see a USB flash drive from 2004 vs a USB flash drive from 2014. For the non-techies, the USB drive on the bottom is 64 mb while the…

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Dec 19, 2013

Artist Prints 4.7 Million Leaked LinkedIn Passwords in Eight, 800-page Books

Artist Prints 4.7 Million Leaked LinkedIn Passwords in Eight, 800-page Books

In June 2012, a hacker uploaded 6,458,020 hashed passwords (just the passwords, not the associated usernames) to a Russian hacker forum. The source? LinkedIn. The massive list quickly spread online and became an embarrassment for LinkedIn and a joke for the Internet as some of the passwords were pretty ‘weak’ (see here and here…

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Nov 6, 2013

This 240-year-old Machine is an Ancestor to the Modern Computer

This 240-year-old Machine is an Ancestor to the Modern Computer

An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine or robot. Seen above is the Writer, an automaton built in the 1770s by world-renowned Swiss watchmaker, Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721-1790). Made from nearly 6000 parts, the Writer is a self-operating, programmable machine, capable of writing letters and words with a quill pen. The 240-year-old…

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Oct 17, 2012

A Photo Tour of Google Data Centers Around the World

A Photo Tour of Google Data Centers Around the World

Earlier today, Google released a massive gallery of pictures of their Data Centers around the world. In an effort for greater transparency, Google also published a guided tour on YouTube and even a Street View tour of their data center in Lenoir, North Carolina. With 13 data centers around the world (7 in the…

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