70 posts tagged internet
Sir Tim Berners-Lee says that a new revolution is coming soon thanks to the release of ‘big data’
Building 16 at Facebook headquarters is home to the Fishbowl, Mark Zuckerberg’s private all-glass corner conference room that sits beneath a red vintage sign that reads “The Hacker Company.” Not far from the sign — a very visual proclamation that the social networking giant is eternally intent on building new stuff and improving the stuff it has already built — you’ll find one of the company’s most important operations: the News Feed engineering team. These are the programmers who oversee the Facebook tool that instantly streams all sorts of new information — including status posts, Likes, links, and photos — to more than a billion Facebook users across the globe. The team’s ultimate task is to make sure your news feed delivers content you’re actually interested in. That’s important because Facebook wants you to keep using its social network, but also because this stream of information includes ads and other sponsored content, the stuff that makes the company money. At the helm of this enterprise is Lars Backstrom, a 31-year-old with a computer science Ph.D from Cornell University. “My day job is to improve the quality of News Feed,” he says, during a recent interview at Facebook HQ, in Menlo Park, California.
Future Internet aims to sever links with servers
A revolutionary new architecture aims to make the internet more “social” by eliminating the need to connect to servers and enabling all content to be shared more efficiently. Researchers have taken the first step towards a radical new architecture for the internet, which they claim will transform the way in which information is shared online, and make it faster and safer to use. The prototype, which has been developed as part of an EU-funded project called “Pursuit”, is being put forward as a proof-of concept model for overhauling the existing structure of the internet’s IP layer, through which isolated networks are connected, or “internetworked”. The Pursuit Internet would, according to its creators, enable a more socially-minded and intelligent system, in which users would be able to obtain information without needing direct access to the servers where content is initially stored. Instead, individual computers would be able to copy and republish content on receipt, providing other users with the option to access data, or fragments of data, from a wide range of locations rather than the source itself. Essentially, the model would enable all online content to be shared in a manner emulating the “peer-to-peer” approach taken by some file-sharing sites, but on an unprecedented, internet-wide scale. (via Future Internet aims to sever links with servers)
What if the poetic has left the poem in the same way that Elvis has left the building? Long after the limo pulled away, the audience was still in the arena screaming for more, but poetry escaped out the backdoor and onto the Internet, where it is taking on new forms that look nothing like poetry. Poetry as we know it—sonnets or free verse on a printed page—feels akin to throwing pottery or weaving quilts, activities that continue in spite of their cultural marginality. But the Internet, with its swift proliferation of memes, is producing more extreme forms of modernism than modernism ever dreamed of.
NASA Shoots Lasers at the Moon to Create Insanely Fast Internet
NASA has set a new record for communication in space, beaming information to and from a probe named LADEE that is currently flying around the moon 380,000 kilometers away. Aboard LADEE is the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), which achieved super-fast download speeds of 622 megabits per second (Mbps) and an upload rate of 20 Mbps. In comparison, the internet at WIRED’s office in San Francisco gets download rates of 75 Mbps and uploads at 50 Mbps. NASA’s typical communications with the moon are about five times slower than what LLCD provided. Until now, NASA has used radio waves to communicate with its spacecraft out in the solar system. As a probe gets farther away, you need more power to transmit a signal. Earth-based receiving dishes have to be bigger, too, so that NASA’s most-distant probe, Voyager 1, relies on a 70-meter antenna to be heard. LLCD relies on three ground-based terminals at telescopes in New Mexico, California, and Spain to communicate. (via NASA Shoots Lasers at the Moon to Create Insanely Fast Internet - Wired Science)
If You Plug Twitter Into a Digital Avatar, Can You Live Forever?
In one episode of Black Mirror — the British television series that explores the near future of technology with an edginess reminiscent of The Twilight Zone — a woman’s husband dies, and she replaces him with a robot. This walking automaton looks like him and talks like him, and it even acts like him, after plugging into his Twitter account and analyzing every tweet he ever sent. Yes, that’s a far cry from reality, but it’s not as far as you might think. With an online service called Lifenaut, an operation called the Terasem Movement Foundation offers a means of digitally cloning yourself through a series of personality tests and data from your social media profiles. The idea is to create an online version of you that can live forever, a digital avatar that even future generations can talk to and interact with. Eventually, Terasem wants to transform these avatars into walking, talking robots — just like on Black Mirror. And today, it provides a more primitive version, for free. (via If You Plug Twitter Into a Digital Avatar, Can You Live Forever? | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com)
Students from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program can get you moving with a new API-based computer program. They have developed a way to control a person’s arm with a keyboard, joystick and even your iPhone. The program is called Open Limbs and is “a platform for controlling human arms over the internet.” Sound creepy? Well, the students are using it for good as an orthopedic system to help people with weak muscles. (via New Internet Limb Control System Gives You the Strongarm | Gadgets, Science & Technology)