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Bwoglines: The Future is Now Edition

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Columbia’s Professor Stiglitz, who’s been making the rounds recently, published a commentary on the economic recession in Slate and, well, the headline says it all. (Slate)

Apple announced the iPhone 4S yesterday, and, along with it, their new Siri app; part voice-recognition, part artificial-intelligence, all HAL-9000.  It’s a shame the name is destined to be the butt of many jokes in Japan. (CNet, WSJ)

Turns out Apple themselves predicted this kind of technology in one of those futuristic advertisements from the 80’s—creepy coincidence or full-blown conspiracy?  You decide (see video below!). (TechCrunch)

Even without Steve Job’s prophetic vision, was anyone really blindsided by this?  It’s official: Chris Christie isn’t running for President.  Let’s be honest, he probably has to deal with enough problems as it is. (NYT)

In case you’re worried Dark Energy, expanding universes and the like might come in conflict with Einstein’s theories and all we hold dear, rest assured; this year’s Nobel Laureates in Physics—winning for research into the Universe’s expansion—are confident that Eintsein remains the golden standard for physicists. “Every test we have made has come out perfectly in line with Einstein’s original cosmological constant in 1917.” (NYT)

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    Lol most of the crap in that dumb video is possible these days. He's basically using an iPad.

  2. Anonymous  

    how was he so unprepared for a lecture he was giving at 4:15 THAT DAY ?!.. that guy would never make it as a prof. here....or maybe he would...

  3. Anonymous

    I don't think that video was coincidence or conspiracy- Apple has probably been developing and tweaking this technology for the past 15 years- at that point the idea already existed, for sure.

  4. ...  

    robust voice recognition has been around for over a decade. the problem hasn't been technology, the problem has been the fact that people really don't like talking at machines so much..

  5. butt.

    ha. i get it. so punny.

  6. MAC user  

    Speaking of computers.... why are so many of the power outlets in 209 Butler not working?

    How are we supposed to study (and facebook) if we cannot even find a table with a functioning power source?

    And why is this even happening? Argh!

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