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Data.gov Captchas Get Political

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#humor#web richard macmanus Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Spotted this evening on the U.S. government’s public data web site, Data.gov. A Republican programmer at captcha provider reCAPTCHA having some fun? Hat-tip ReadWriteWeb’s Marketing manager Elyssa Pallai, who stumbled upon this humor gem today.last_img read more

Get Ready For The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit: June 13-14 in New York City

first_imgWe hope to see you this summer in NYC!Event Registration Online for The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit powered by Eventbrite richard macmanus Tags:#Admin#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Today I’m very excited to announce the next evolution of ReadWriteWeb events: The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit, happening June 13-14 at Columbia University in New York City. We’re planning to reward our passionate audience with the best tech, people and ideas the Web has to offer in two unique and fun ways.Day one of the summit will feature many great talks from some of the smartest folks in technology and media. Joining us so far are Fred Wilson, Gawker CEO Nick Denton, Jason Calacanis, danah boyd, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue and Chris Dixon – with many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.Day two is all about learning and interaction. Our previous summits have allowed RWW’s smart and influential community to contribute to the programming, which has been a huge success. That’s not changing. Early registrants will have the opportunity to suggest topics that will serve as inspiration for breakout discussions and enriching workshops, catering to all levels of Web knowledge.All that, and a few surprises as well!Ready to sign up? Head over to the teaser site and purchase our Early Adopter ticket. In addition to getting the best general admission price of $595 for the full two day event, you’ll also be able to suggest topics for day two’s interactive sessions. Once all of the Early Adopter tickets are sold, the regular price for the summit will be $795.We’ll be launching our full 2WAY Summit site soon and will announce even more great speakers and programming.Is there something or someone you’d love to see at the 2WAY summit? Let us know in the comments, or you can email our Community Manager Seamus Condron.If you’d like to propose your own session for our day two programming, fill out this form.Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? Email our COO Sean Ammirati.One more thing… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Climate-Specific Air Conditioners

first_imgIf you live in a humid climate (for example, in Florida), you need an air conditioner that does a good job of dehumidification. But if you live in a dry climate (for example, in Nevada), dehumidification is almost irrelevant, because the outdoor air is so dry. In Nevada, all you need is an air conditioner that lowers the temperature of the air in an energy-efficient way.In theory, air conditioner manufacturers could tweak the design of their equipment to focus mainly on lowering the indoor air temperature (a process known as sensible heat removal), or they could produce equipment that devotes a lot of energy to dehumidification (a process known as latent heat removal). Unfortunately, though, air conditioner manufacturers don’t offer special equipment designed for dry climates. Instead, they sell the same equipment in Nevada that they do in Florida.Most residential air conditioners sold in the U.S. are designed to operate at a sensible heat ratio between 0.75 or 0.80. (The sum of the sensible load and the latent load is the total load; the sensible heat ratio is the sensible load divided by the total load.) If you live in a very humid climate, this sensible heat ratio might be too high. If you live in a very dry climate, this sensible heat ratio is definitely too low.John Proctor is the president of Proctor Engineering Group in San Rafael, California, and a nationally known expert on residential cooling. Proctor has always been irked by the failure of air conditioner manufacturers to address regional needs. “Air conditioners are designed and installed the same for Florida and Arizona,” says Proctor. “It makes no sense, since Florida and the Southwest have different climates and different cooling needs.”To improve the efficiency of air conditioners in dry Southwestern states, Proctor has… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Say Hello To Beam, The Robot That’s Almost As Good As A Hologram

first_imgRelated Posts My body is sitting in my office in Arlington, Virginia. But at the same time, I am also standing in a conference room in Palo Alto, California. I’m test-driving Beam, a remote-control robot avatar that gives me a physical presence in two places at once. Thanks to a 17-inch screen and a six-microphone array, I can be seen and heard face-to-face. I can even use my keypad to “walk” around the room to interact with other people—without undergoing a cross-country plane ride. Beam was originally developed by San Francisco Bay Area robotics studio Willow Garage. Impressed by its growing potential, founder Scott Hassan spun off an entire new company, Suitable Technologies, exclusively to focus on Beam. A year later, as Willow Garage’s other projects seem to be foundering, Hassan has retained a significant number of Willow Garage employees to work on Beam.My view while using Beam. “Reasoning With A Moron”Scott Hassan describes himself as a very optimistic person who is constantly viewing problems as far easier to solve than they are. It’s this attitude that brought him success as a programmer who helped Google in its earliest stages as a research project at Stanford University. But as the founder of Willow Garage, it only brought him disappointment as he quickly learned the limitations of modern robotics. Everything that was easy for a human to accomplish, it seemed, was near-impossible for its personal robotics model, the PR2. “The amount of effort it takes for the PR2 to just pick up a cup requires an unbelievable amount of complication,” says Hassan. “It’s hard to comprehend how something so easy a two-year-old can do it can require the whole team’s effort and then barely make it work. It’s not like reasoning with a two-year-old, it’s like reasoning with a moron.”It’s no wonder that Hassan began to focus on Beam, a Willow Garage project that he spun off into its own company, Suitable Technologies, two years ago. Beam faces very few of the same problems thanks to human intelligence. Where PR2 sees windows as entryways and mirrors as terrifying enigmas—“If you ever face a robot invasion, all you need to do is get some mirrors,” Hassan jokes—the human-controlled Beam knows better.Hassan still believes in personal robotics, and said he expects robots to be in our homes within the next five to ten years. But for now, Beam holds the most promise, and Hassan wants to give it every opportunity to succeed. “I think Beam is a very viable product that needs more resources and team members to make it into something widespread,” he said.Bye, RobotBut when he moved the majority of Willow Garage employees over to Suitable Technologies this month, something had to give. And that turned out to be the PR2. Read more: Why We’ll Have Robots In The Workplace Before Robots At HomeWhile most Willow Garage employees transition over (Hassan could not yet give me an exact number), a team will stay behind to support the 50 PR2s that exist in research labs around the world, continue to build the rest that are in progress, and sell the rest of Willow’s stock. If you’ve got $450,000 lying around, perhaps you can snag one.“The PR2 was never designed to be mass marketed,” said Hassan. “We knew we were going to stop making them at a certain point. But the ideas we came up with along the way were the follow-up market product would be. My vision is that Beam is that.”Hassan hopes that Willow Garage employees’ experience working on the PR2 will lead to dramatic technical advances to Beam. His next goal is to have Beam users be able to interact with their remote environments through remote-control hands and arms. The sun may be setting on Willow Garage and its most impressive personal robot, but Hassan’s vision of personal robotics is alive and well. “Beam is the gateway to personal robotics,” he said. “It’s a very simple application allowing you to be somewhere else. Now Willow Garage is bringing us all the expertise and manpower we need to make that happen.”The Future Of BeamAt $16,000, Beam is the most expensive remote-presence system that currently exists. But it’s also arguably the most sophisticated, with an extensive speaker and video array. Hassan said that this iteration of Beam is not designed to be affordable for users because it’s not intended for the consumer market.“For the consumer market it seems expensive,” Hassan said. “But it’s not an expensive enterprise product. Our enterprise customers aren’t worried about the price. Instead, they’re impressed by what it can do.”However, Hassan said interacting with his kids while away on business has opened up new use cases for Beam: Eating dinner with them via Beam. Getting them ready in the morning through nothing but Beam’s voice commands. Giving them rides around the house on Beam’s sturdy, 100-pound base. “My seven-year-old daughter always gives Beam a hug when she sees my face appear on the screen,” he said. “I don’t know if she realizes this isn’t the norm.”While most parents couldn’t afford the current Beam, Hassan said he’s now planning on making more affordable Beams for the home. The long term strategy is to have low-end, mid-range, and high-end Beams for sale to different markets. Substituting For The “Meat Body”Wheeling my way through Suitable Technologies’ production floor, I can certainly see the appeal that convinced companies like IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Google to purchase their own Beams. As I walk and talk with Greg Hamilton, Suitable’s enterprise accounts manager, there are very few cues that remind me I’m not there in person. At 5’3” and 100 lbs., Beam is just a bit taller and lighter than my actual body. And thanks to arrow key navigation, it only takes a bit more concentration than normal to walk around. “I bet if you later came here with your meat body, as we call it, you’d remember how to get around,” he said. Hassan predicts Beam will change the way we work, live, and travel in less than a decade. Hundreds of customers have taken Hassan’s optimistic pitch at face value. And after trying Beam out myself, this optimism is infectious. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… lauren orsini Tags:#Beam#Remote Presence#robotics#Suitable Technologies#Willow Garage center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more