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The robots will win the 2050 World Cup

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Saturday, 28 February 2009 14:13

To prepare the Zidane, Ronaldinho, Ronaldos, Casillas Messis or the future, as experts say, a set of robots will destroy any team in the world, or, specifying, World champion in 2050.

In recent years there has been disputing the annual World Cup Soccer with Robots, or something, in which all countries combined automata fiercely for the trophy. The result can not be more adorable:

If you know something more geeky or more worthy of appearing on our site, we are all ears, but a football game between robots has all the ingredients to be crowned the show required viewing for anyone who is made to call Geek.

However, experts believe that by the year 2050, these teams will be able to beat any team in the world. Paco I imagine people trying to take the ball to an Autobot, headed by himself Optimus Prime. What if half of the match the robots go crazy and try to annihilate all of the other team? They also have an advantage, a hack of a robot lets you to drag, while if you give a kick, it is unlikely to suffer pain or are you gonna break my legs.

Anyway, I doubt that FIFA would allow entry into the World Cup a team of robots, while complying with all rules football. To play a World Cup, your team must be from a country, and I see myself in a country ruled by robots. But what if each template selection might take a couple of robots? The good thing about them is that they get tired ...


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Face recognition: same function, different implications

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Saturday, 28 February 2009 11:33

iphoto_sample7 I found very interesting this article by Simson Garfinkel and Beth Rosenberg in the MIT Technology Review about the role of facial recognition, "Face Recognition: Clever or Just Plain Creepy?" (Via Slashdot), which compares two programs: Apple's iPhoto and Picasa, from Google.

Facial recognition technology comes from tests conducted from September 11th, the time when we tried to obtain a sense of security through increased surveillance. The idea was to recognize terrorists identified as such when they passed through certain places, but was abandoned after a battery of tests that showed, basically, that real life could not be treated as a static picture, and that procedures were only able to obtain correct identification in 53% of the time. From there, it derived its use to less critical functions related to the consumer market.

But what I find curious is the difference in perceptions on the place where information is found: while the function in iPhoto is appreciated and valued as an interesting provision by which you can find photos of someone in particular between the incessantly growing library of photographs that all keep on our hard drives, the same function in Picasa is perceived as almost "incident" or even dangerous. Both functions operate with a sufficient quality to this market, where is the difference? Simply, that while iPhoto works with photos stored on your hard drive and allows you to assign each face to the name you want (papa, mama, nicknames, etc.)., L Picasa makes on the photos you've uploaded to a repository stored on the servers of a third party - Google, in this case - and you also requests that identify people through their email. This idea, that of Google getting a huge database of user-generated where we're all level and with little or no control - anyone can upload and tag a photo of yourself if you were lucky enough to be at that time before its purpose and I recognized - it sounds, at least, quite disturbing. What one hand is a fun experience of identifying a person in a family-controlled area, on the other gives the impression of becoming a detective doing the work for some sort of government agency. While iPhoto is useful and harmless, the same function should start Picasa surely be subject to some form of legislative control. The truth, I felt an involvement and a very interesting reflection.


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Microsoft gives life to Gazelle

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Friday, 27 February 2009 23:07

Given the constant technological advances that have been launching the strongest rivals of Microsoft, this has come to state that it has developed a new Internet browser that will be under the name of Gazelle.

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It is believed that this new service would be responsible for replacing the current Internet Explorer, so it would also cope with the web browser developed by Google, whose name is Chrome.

With Gazelle in the market, Microsoft hopes to meet the huge needs that present day Internet surfers also that security through this browser would be more strict, thus becoming one of the most secure Internet browsers.

Many expectations generated around Gazelle, though so far I've come to not set an exact date of launch.

Remember that Microsoft is currently hoping to get to get Yahoo!. Many news Microsoft has created the company in recent days, where we expect new applications are implemented that encourage increasing Internet use.

Via | elfinanciero


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Download for iPod and iPhone: Lost (Lost) 5 × 06 and 5 × 07

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Friday, 27 February 2009 23:00

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I just realized that I did not put a 5 × 06 last week. Go bug! Well, there are the links to download Chapter 6 and 7 of the fifth season of Lost (Lost). M4V format are perfect for viewing on your iPod, iPhone, PSP ... As always, they are original v ersion but with subtitles in Spanish.


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