Colab

Fiscalize No seu dia-a-dia, identifique irregularidades da cidade como carros estacionados em local proibido, vias acidentadas ou mesmo focos de dengue. Fotografe e publique no seu smartphone ou via web para que a prefeitura seja notificada do problema e tome ações corretivas e preventivas.

Proponha Imagine serviços ou obras de infraestruturas que poderiam mudar a dinâmica da sua cidade, estado ou até o país. Acesse o Colab, clique em “Proponhaâ€? e compartilhe sua ideia. Divulgue nas redes sociais que desejar, descubra apoiadores e discuta com amigos e usuários com interesses em comum.

Avalie Ajude a melhorar espaços e serviços públicos avaliando a qualidade geral, limpeza, equipamentos, serviço e acessibilidade. Assim a população tem referência dos estabelecimentos e a prefeitura tem informações para tomar ações de melhoria quando necessário.

via Colab.

ActivityStudio | ubicomp design tools

ActivityStudio is a suite of tools for prototyping and testing ubiquitous computing applications. It allows designers to incorporate large-scale, long-term human activities as a basis for design, and speeds up ubicomp design by providing integrated support for modeling, prototyping, deployment and in situ testing. ActivityStudio prototypes can run on various target platforms including mobile phones.

The ActivityStudio system was created by Yang Li at the University of Washington. It address the increasing challenges that interaction designers and researchers face in designing and testing user interfaces for day-to-day activities that employ rich contextual information. The project was funded through Prof. James Landay’s NSF grant and Intel donation.

viaActivityStudio | ubicomp design tools.

Contextual Computing: Our Sixth, Seventh And Eighth Senses

Contextual Computing: Our Sixth, Seventh And Eighth Senses

Qualcomm Zeroth - Neural Processing Unit

As mobile computing becomes increasingly pervasive, so do our expectations of the devices we use and interact with in our everyday lives. In looking at the advancements seen in computing technology in 2013, a few things are beginning to stand out, namely the idea of context based computing.

First and unsurprisingly, the desktop is no longer the center of the computing experience. Instead a variety of Internet connected peripheral devices are increasingly becoming central to our daily lives. These things can ranging from the wearable to the embedded, yet regardless of the form they take, they have begun to augment how we as humans interact with both our virtual and physical worlds around us. Thanks to recent advancements, in the near future, devices will able to see and perceive the world as humans do, providing a kind of contextual sixth sense. Yes, computers which are contextually aware.

Context awareness did not originate in computer science, the word “contextâ€? stems from a study of human “textâ€?; and the idea of “situated cognition,â€? that context changes the interpretation of text, is an idea that goes back many thousand years. In terms of computing, contextual awareness was first described by Georgia Tech researchers Anind Dey and Gregory Abowd more than a decade ago. It is an idea that computers can both sense, and react based on their environment in much the same way our brain interpret various stimuli. Context aware devices are given information about the circumstances under which they are able to operate and based on rules, or an intelligent stimulus, react accordingly.

Although we’re in the earliest days, the future generation of connected things will become smarter, may anticipate our needs, and share our perception of the world so we can interact with them more naturally.  In a recent article published on fastcodesign, Pete Mortensen, a senior strategist at Jump Associates, described contextual computing as “our Sixth, Seventh And Eighth Senses.â€?

A great current example of this technology is the Google Now service. It passively delivers information to the user, attempting to predict what we will want, based on our previous habits as well as our current location.  Although today it only provides things like current weather or traffic conditions, in the near future this may grow to include a whole host of potentially disruptive features. Think of a computing experience that understands your social network, interprets your intentions and gives you a suggestion. For example, your iPhone could suggest that if you go to your friends party on Friday night, you are 56\% likely to meet a potential mate.

Recently Qualcomm unveiled a line of Brain-Inspired Zeroth Processors to help accelerate this type of contextual computing. In a blog post, the company describes its technology as “Biologically inspired learning.â€? The goal is not only to mimic human-like perception but also have the ability to learn how biological brains work. “Instead of preprogramming behaviors and outcomes with a lot of code, we’ve developed a suite of software tools that enable devices to learn as they go and get feedback from their environment.â€?

Another major pillar of Zeroth processor function is striving to replicate the efficiency with which our senses and our brain communicate information. But there are still major differences when it comes to recreating brain like functionality in computing. Paul King, Computational Neuroscientist explains in a Quora post. “The brain doesn’t have cores (or anything similar). It is a different architecture. If you want to make an analogy, the brain might have some time-sharing properties built on top of a pervasively parallel, thoroughly decentralized “single CPUâ€? architecture,â€? says King.

Although the analogy may not be perfect, it hasn’t stopped many in the industry from attempting to adopt some of the theoretical concepts for more practical applications. For example Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System, developed for the Android operating system (OS), will include one 1.7GHz dual-core CPU along with a quad-core GPU. This is in addition to two separate processors for specific applications — one core dedicated to contextual computing, and another dedicated to “natural language processing.â€?  A separate, low-power processor inside of the Motorola X8 system will allow the Droid Ultra family to be continuously listening for a special command — “OK Google Now.â€? Google Now is the company’s voice-activated personal assistant, in competition with Apple’s iPhone’s Siri. Think of it as a computer that is always listening and waiting for your command.

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside said at the AllThingsD conference in May that the Moto X will know when it is in someone’s pocket, as well as when it is taken out. This allows the device to automatically dim the screen, saving battery life, and automatically “wake upâ€? from asleep mode, eliminating the need to press a button to do so. Albeit, not quite as exciting as finding you a date, interesting none the less.

As we move into the next generation of computing, our experience is beginning to morph. It’s an experience that will soon be defined by how we as individuals live our lives, continually adapting and reacting to our lives, and hopefully improving our lives.

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Reuven Cohen leads Citrix’s (NASDAQ: CTXS) world wide advocacy efforts with a particular focus on increasing the volume, reach and influence of Citrix’s extensive portfolio of cloud solutions used by more than 260,000 customers and 100 million end users across the globe.

Results from Seoul Urban Design 2013 International Ideas Competition

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The design competition provides an open design challenge for students all around the world. It is held at the same time with the 9th International Space Syntax Symposium, which will take place in Seoul from 31 October through 3 November, 2013. The competition will be cohosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Space Syntax Seoul Organizing Committee.

The main goal of Seoul Urban Design 2013 is to gather creative ideas for a site in Seoul, which can bring our attention to the urban issues in the city, from students all around the world. This competition intends to produce versatile and extensive documentation to be used as a basis for the future development of the area. Through this competition, students whoever interested in architectural, urban, and landscape design can explore their design ideas and understand potential effects of their proposals, possibly using spatial analysis as a design methodology.

The theme of the competition is “Toward Urban Integration.” This competition focuses on the eco-friendly regeneration of the expressway, Jemulpo-gil and the adjacent blocks in the west region of Seoul. It seeks inspiring proposals that can re-define Jemulpo-gil and revitalize the adjacent blocks according to a paradigm shift from separation toward urban integration.

via Seoul Urban Design 2013 International Ideas Competition.

Soy científico. El mío es un mundo profesional en el que se logran grandes cosas para la humanidad. Pero está desfigurado por unos incentivos inadecuados. Los sistemas imperantes de la reputación personal y el ascenso profesional significan que las mayores recompensas a menudo son para los trabajos más llamativos, no para los mejores. Aquellos de nosotros que respondemos a estos incentivos estamos actuando de un modo perfectamente lógico —yo mismo he actuado movido por ellos—, pero no siempre poniendo los intereses de nuestra profesión por encima de todo, por no hablar de los de la humanidad y la sociedad.

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Predições sobre os avanços Tecnológicos para as próximas décadas

Top Gartner Predictions* for IT Organizations and Users for 2014

View the just-released Gartner 2014 Brochure

“The savvy CIO will get his or her CEO to recognize the change being brought about by disruptive shifts is coming at an accelerated pace and at a global level of impact.”

Daryl Plummer

Managing VP and Distinguished Analyst

Gartner

By 2020, light-emitting diodes will reduce worldwide electrical consumption by 1,400 terawatt-hours annually.

By 2017, over half of consumer goods manufacturers will employ crowdsourcing to achieve fully 75\% of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities.

By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitalization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies.

By 2017, 80\% of consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization.

By 2020, at least one consumer product manufacturer will be held liable by a national government for security vulnerabilities in its product.

By 2017, at least seven of the world’s top 10 multichannel retailers will have deployed 3D printing technologies.

By 2024, at least 10\% of activities potentially injurious to human life will require mandatory use of a nonoverideable “smart system.â€?

By 2020, one in three knowledge workers will be replaced by enterprise-owned smart machines that they trained.

By 2020, consumer data collected from wearable devices will drive 5\% of sales from the Global 1000.

By 2017, 10\% of computers will be learning, rather than processing.

*Gartner Top Predictions 2014: Plan for a Disruptive, but Constructive Future, Research Report, October 7, 2013

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