Thursday, 12 October 2017

Don't bin that old PowerPC G5 Mac.....

I do dislike hardware technology waste.  There seems to be a mindset trend of "well, that's 2 years old, it's out dated, chuck it away and get a new one".  Apple does this a lot.  okay, okay, there are probably a lot of places that will recycle your "old" iPhone/iMac for you and you'll take the £xxx financial hit for the privilege of using the latest hardware version, but it still erks me that hardware that is still pretty decent gets thrown away when it can still be really useful.

Read about the journey of keeping a PowerPC G5 iMac alive by installing Ubuntu Linux onto it - all, so I can use the machine to help build my new AI robots....

http://tonyisageek.blogspot.co.uk/p/dont-bin-that-powerpc-g5-mac.html


http://tonyisageek.blogspot.co.uk/p/dont-bin-that-powerpc-g5-mac.html


http://tonyisageek.blogspot.co.uk/p/dont-bin-that-powerpc-g5-mac.html

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Nvidia built a Holodeck

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2017/10/10/holodeck-design-lab-of-the-future/


'Nvidia Holodeck' is a real product – and it's almost what you're expecting, though not intended strictly for Starship crew use:



Oh and they've also built AI into it to....

"Holodeck is also AI-ready, meaning that you can train agents and deploy them in the virtual space to test your designs against anticipated real-world conditions, including virtual operators and incidental personnel and staff who might interact with any machinery or other objects being prototyped before they’re built."

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2017/10/10/holodeck-design-lab-of-the-future/

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2017/05/10/holodeck/

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/design-visualization/technologies/holodeck/


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Making an Android Mobile device app that uses the IBM Watson Conversation service (as a chat-bot)

A few posts back I mentioned:

Oh, I've also been making a Java Android Mobile application that uses Speech to Text, then calls the APIs of the IBM Watson Conversation Service translates that Text back to Speech and enables you to have a full blown conversation in voice instead of having to type and read messages (also does it in 3 different languages at the moment) - I'll create an article specifically to show you how to do this quickly and easily using the Watson SDK.  Then, "if" my arm gets twisted enough, I might look at porting it to run on iOS (but as I still don't have a iOS device, it might be tricky!)


Well, here it is....




video


Naturally, I'll be extending and growing this example of using Watson APIs beyond just the Conversation Service.  I think I might interface with the Watson Visual Recognition service for v2.0 - and hook in some of the Augmented Reality stuff that I did a while back....


(It feels good to finally share some techie stuff again)

I also published this to the FORMAL IBM DEVELOPERWORKS website as well.





Artificial Intelligence & Transhumanist Takeover

Just like buses, you wait for ages and none come....then they all start to come at once.  Same with these posts!

Right, this is something very close to my heart (and brain - pun intended!).  I want/need to sign up to this as soon as I can be a donor.


Here is a TED talk on "ems" - machines that emulate human brains and can think, feel and work just like the brains they're copied from.

Yes, copy of your brain.  This is awesome (well, probably scary for a lot of people thinking of the negatives), but I want to be Clone#7.  I digress.

Economist and social scientist Robin Hanson describes a very possible (near) future when EMS take over the global economy, running on superfast computers and copying themselves to multitask, leaving humans with only one choice: to retire, forever!

Come and glimpse a strange future as Hanson describes what could happen if robots ruled the earth.




As I say, where can I sign up to trials for this?  I want, no, I need this and I need it soon.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Quantum leadership

So...it has been noticed that I have been rather quiet on the technical front for quite some time... have I been doing exciting things? have I been doing boring things? have I been doing both and neither of those two things?  I've been doing all of them....and more.


"That makes no sense!", I hear you say.  Well, as you may or may not know I've had a bit more than a passing interest in Mysticism, Cosmology, the Occult and Magical teaching of times gone by.  Yes, I do actually have a larger library than John Dee had back in the day.  Did I go off and become the next Gandalf the grey or Dr.Strange?  No.  Well, okay, maybe a little bit...... I was attempting to learn the techniques and learning practices of working with the mind, soul and the perception of reality of the world (as you do) and looking at ways that these teachings and practices can be applied in a Technology orientated world.  I like a challenge ;-)

As you can imagine, this sort of thing requires time, spare brain processing power and effort and a reduction of distractions.  Therefore, this year I chose to work on a cutting edge first of a kind project doing a vast amount of foundation work to make it successful and consuming a lot of my time and attention to details - why? well....as you'll find out (and I'll share in the near future), when you observe, you create.  Therefore you plan, imagine, virtually construct in your imagination - then "look the other way" (!observe) and kick off the create and then you look (observe) to make it happen.  Okay, that sounded like gibberish didn't it.  Welcome to attempting to understand the Quantum world and apply the concepts to the current world around us :-D



I'll do a follow up article (in depth) to go through the findings and applications of Quantum to Corporate business and technology and how it is going to be the NEXT transition shift/wave.


Oh, I've also been making a Java Android Mobile application that uses Speech to Text, then calls the APIs of the IBM Watson Conversation Service translates that Text back to Speech and enables you to have a full blown conversation in voice instead of having to type and read messages (also does it in 3 different languages at the moment) - I'll create an article specifically to show you how to do this quickly and easily using the Watson SDK.  Then, "if" my arm gets twisted enough, I might look at porting it to run on iOS (but as I still don't have a iOS device, it might be tricky!)

Monday, 17 July 2017

Google Blocks

Okay, so, if like me, you've had your interest piqued by the prospect of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) over the past year and a half and have even invested in Oculus Rift and/or a Samsung Gear headset (*other VR units are available) and you've got yourself a copy of Unity or Unreal Engine and had great expectations about making this wonderfully great new VR world with magical spinning things and whooshy (yes, that's a word I just made up) swirls of rainbow goodness, only to the have to fire up Udemy or Coursera to find a course that teaches you how to make 3D models.

Several weeks later, you've made a potato.  A bad looking potato.  It is kind of 3D, but has lumps in the wrong places.  It does NOT look like the prancing unicorn that you envisaged for your main character representation in your snazzy new VR world.  Come to think of it, the rocks, buildings, cars, <insert any other shape or object that you wanted to have in your landscape> now all represent variants of your potato.  Just in different colours and with lumps in different places.

You have to admit it.  You are no 3D studio max / Blender 3D modeller.  Some people are (they get out less than you/I do, there's a reason for that) and I bow and curtsey to them with much honour and respect.  I do not have 5-10 years to learn everything about those tools to make a "thing".
I want to spend 1 week figuring out how to make my "thing" and then focus on making a world where my "thing" can prance around in and then spend some time to write small snippets of C# code that does "stuff" when my "thing" gets noticed by the collision detection event and then the "thing" does another "thing" and "whooooa! you weren't expecting that" happens.

Oh and I want to be able to make my "things" in the VR world.  I mean, what is the point of having a VR hat/helmet/visor thing if I only spend a brief period of time with it on my head?  I might as well stare at my laptop monitor and forget all about the VR world.

Oh, thanks Google!

Sometimes I like Google....they saw a gap here and thought, yeah, we'll fill that and get to market first.  I respect them for that.



Google may have answered my dreams....





Oh, darn it!  It doesn't support the Samsung gear (yet?).  I do have an Oculus, but I don't have a powerful enough laptop (Mac) to use it.  Grrrhh...grrhhhh...grrrhhhh.... why am I so cheap, my dreams are thwarted again, by me being a cheapskate...perhaps I shouldn't spend all my money on that damned custom car!


Friday, 7 July 2017

Roomba Inventor Joe Jones on His New Weed-Killing Robot, and What's So Hard About Consumer Robotics

Roomba Inventor Joe Jones on His New Weed-Killing Robot, and What's So Hard About Consumer Robotics


I've been toying with the idea of a GardenBot, for a few years now..... and many people have asked, "Why haven't you done it yet?".

Well.....I'll let the "expert" explain why.  It's not as simple as it sounds.

CHECK IT OUT HERE



Although I am still in the process of making K9-RPi3_bot...so maybe that will evolve into my GardenBot at some point, we'll see...