This autobiography of Steve Wozniak is a delightful recount of the birth of the personal computer.
Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen? The result was the first true personal computer, the Apple I, a widely affordable machine that anyone could understand and figure out how to use.
Wozniak’s life—before and after Apple—is a “home-brew” mix of brilliant discovery and adventure, as an engineer, a concert promoter, a fifth-grade teacher, a philanthropist, and an irrepressible prankster. From the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant, iWoz presents a no-holds-barred, rollicking, firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution. 16 pages of illustrations.
ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future by by Vijay Vaitheeswaran and Iain Carson.
New Energy – Our new President, Barack Obama, has promised to chart our mission to new energy as we once raced our way to the moon. These are exciting times! If you are like me, you are sensing the swell of an impending technological revolution that will likely propel our economy, nation and world into the new century. This is a wave I want to ride! Mankind was made to innovate, discover and manage creation. We fail our purpose when we flounder in stagnation, forget the passion and adventure of life and dismiss our responsibility as stewards of our planet and communities.
All great companies continually reinvent themselves and invest their core on the next great thing. Detroit has become stagnant for decades. Innovation in the auto industry seems to have been on pause, cryogenicly frozen by accountants and an inflexible workforce and management team. They seem to have lost their vision of the future. It is time for change.�
I had just started my programming journey into the digital world when TRON appeared in theaters in 1982. The movie inspired me to pursue my hobby and eventually my career in Computer Science.
I have always had a love for 3D modeling. I assembled my first 3D modeling tool during my Sophomore year in college using C++, X11 Motif and Sun hardware. Recently I discovered POV-Ray, an open source ray-tracing program that uses a simple Scene Description Language to model primitives. Naturally, this fits well with the models in TRON so I spent a few hours render various TRON-world objects. Click Here to see my TRON section.
I have always been fascinated with the study of Artificial Intelligence. I began my interest as many computer science majors by simulating intelligence through maze solving LISP automated mice. These are brute force methods that appear to be intelligent by recursively exploring every possible solution. This is not intelligence. It is merely programmatic problem solving.
What is Artificial Intelligence? How do we copy the creation that is the human mind and intellect, and impress that upon silicon and wires? Is it even possible?
Beyond AI: Creating the Conscience of the Machine
by J. Storrs Hall
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now advancing at such a rapid clip that it has the potential to transform our world in ways both exciting and disturbing. Computers have already been designed that are capable of driving cars, playing soccer, and finding and organizing information on the Web in ways that no human could. With each new gain in processing power, will scientists soon be able to create supercomputers that can read a newspaper with understanding, or write a news story, or create novels, or even formulate laws? And if machine intelligence advances beyond human intelligence, will we need to start talking about a computer’s intentions?
This book contemplates several interesting topics related to artificial intelligence, including the consequences of actually creating a systems that is intelligent. A lot of what is intelligence appears to be search and pattern matching. It seems that we build complex associations that help us grapple with our environment and interact with others in an intelligent fashion.
What is intelligence? I believe that we will continue to see progress in developing artificial minds. Predictive expert systems already provide a sense of “smarts” but they are not creating anything new. Attempts to build systems that take inputs, learn and even postulate solutions (as in mathematical proofs) have been limited in their success. It seems that these intelligent systems hit a “glass ceiling” beyond which they are unable to produce anything new.