Archive for the ‘Cooperatics Advance’ Category

An introductory course to artificial neural networks

May 27, 2010

Is it still accurate to talk about “emerging countries” when we can see that the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur can produce videos of such a quality ?

Prof.S. Sengupta, Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

More videos: National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning

Surviving the singularity

June 8, 2008

A difficult, exciting, controversial video about the impact of singularity on evolution, consciousness and the future of social and political organization, starring Ray Kurzweil and Gödel, among others.

Warning: requires attention.

Singularity seems inevitable, for better of for worse. But for a dramatic war and the return of a dark age ?

Social networks made real. Internet of objects or people as objects ?

February 17, 2008
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If you need information, the Internet offers a wealth of resources. But if you’re hunting down a person or a thing, a computer’s not much help. That may soon change. Electronic tags promise to create what some call the “Internet of things,” in which objects and people are connected through a virtual network.

To see what this future world would be like, a pilot project involving dozens of volunteers in the University of Washington’s computer science building provides the next step in social networking, wirelessly monitoring people and things in a closed environment. Beginning in March, volunteer students, engineers and staff will wear electronic tags on their clothing and belongings to sense their location every five seconds throughout much of the six-story building. The information will be saved to a database, published to Web pages and used in various custom tools. The project is one of the largest experiments looking at wireless tags in a social setting.

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Google robots

September 28, 2007
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Google Robots

The Google Robot FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Last update: November 1st, 2030

What are Google Robots?

Google Robots are our human-like machines that walk the earth to record information. They do no harm, and they do not invade your privacy.

What are Google Robots good for?

Our Google Life search website is powered by the Google Robot crawler program. On the Google Life website at, you can:

  • Find out what menus the local restaurant offers at what prices
  • See a perfect 3D shape of all houses in your city
  • Know how crowded the bar is you want to go to tonight
  • Know what items to find at your local mall
  • Find out if your library has a certain book available (Also see: What’s a book?)
  • Know what you said and who you met 3 weeks ago (this feature is available only to My Public Life™ subscribers)
  • Locate your friends (this feature is only available if your friends subscribed to My Public Life™)
  • And much more!

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Read the complete Google robots FAQ.

Be realistic: be happy!

August 6, 2007
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Everyone’s favorite A-list target, Robert Scoble, announced the unthinkable a few days ago: he will be moderating his comments. But what some people found far more disturbing was Robert’s wish to make a change in his life that includes steering clear of “people who were deeply unhappy” and hanging around people who are happy. The harsh reaction he’s gotten could be a lesson in scientific ingorance, because the neuroscience is behind him on this one.

Angry/negative people can be bad for your brain

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The future of Second Life or our next collective lobotomy ?

August 4, 2007

Via Mathieu Favez

Pandora shuts down access for non US residents

May 3, 2007

Via Techcrunch

Due to regulation restrictions, Pandora was obliged to block access to its services for non US residents. This is bad news for those who have loved the music streaming service for almost 2 years. Pandora officials have been negociating deals with music majors in Europe for some time but the day when the service is available again outside the US seems remote…

For more on Pandora, open the pandora (juke)box…

Cooperative computing: the fellowship of the Grid

February 28, 2006

Think of millions of Personal Computers accumulating their aggregate power on the same task. That will give you a glimpse of the quake taking place in the computer industry these days. Cooperative computing takes advantage of widespread broadband connections and new concepts such as Grid, peer-to-peer and ASPs to bring the Internet to its next level.

I. Network technologies: Metcalfe’s magic square

Robert Metcalfe, the creator of the Ethernet protocol and founder of 3COM, has formulated an empiric law to measure the usefulness of a network:

Network usefulness= k * N²

where N stands for the number of network nodes and k for a multiplying factor.

In other words, the usefulness of a network is proportional to the square of the number of nodes that are connected. Let’s take the example of the telephone. Starting with two users, there is a network, but it’s not very useful. Once most residents in a city are connected, the usefulness of the network grows larger in proportion. Today, virtually all people living in the developed world are connected, so the telephone network has created a “global village.”

Metcalfe's law


Open the Pandora jukebox !

January 19, 2006

Pandora is a brand new adaptive online jukebox that suits your music tastes the more you use it.

Like Yahoo!Music (also known as Launchcast), the website gradually learns your musical tastes so as to broadcast titles you are likely to enjoy. The main difference is that you just have to enter a title you like and the system will find similar titles and explain you why it chose them (rhythm, mood, slow or fast, etc.). You can also share your customized radio stations, just like with Mercora.

Try it: it is pretty addictive !

Via Marketing & innovation


Feb 04, 2006:

Pandora has just added new sharing and notification features, making it a little bit more cooperative.

Dec 20, 2006:

Pandora has enhanced its socializing features through additional profile information for members: musical preferences, bios, bands fan clubs, etc.

Via Techcrunch (again).