Thursday, 17 July 2014

Photographers GAS warning - drones to provide constant lighting effect



Computer scientists at MIT and Cornell University have developed a prototype autonomous helicopter providing lighting for photographers, which readjust its position as the subject moves to achieve a constant lighting effect.

The researchers concentrated on producing an effect called rim lighting, in which only the edge of the photographer’s subject is strongly lit. They will present the work at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualisation, and Imaging in August.

http://www.imveurope.com/news/news_story.php?news_id=1535

Internet Of Things - malware hiding in inventory scanners a warning of what's to come?


Interesting to read this article devices have been designed to steal financial information. Internet Of Things is fast arriving, but this kind of attack vector, should make consumers wary of the plethora of active devices that are soon to be installed on home networks.

Financial and business information was stolen from several shipping and logistics firms by sophisticated malware hiding in inventory scanners manufactured by a Chinese company.

The supply chain attack, dubbed “Zombie Zero,” was identified by security researchers from TrapX, a cyber security firm in San Mateo, California, who wrote about it in a report released Thursday... The malware’s goal is to steal corporate financial and customer data from ERP servers, as well shipping manifest information

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2453100/malware-hidden-in-chinese-inventory-scanners-targeted-logistics-shipping-firms.html

Google create Roboto, a UI font for their entire platform



Google has spent the last year and half sweating over a sweeping overhaul of its UI font, Roboto. This new version is designed to scale across an entire universe of products, from smart-watches to TV's. It is the star in Google's ambitious plan to redesign its entire product ecosystem -- a visual and interactive language they're calling Material Design. "UI's are crafted from images and type," Matias Duarte, Android's head of design tells Wired. "But the idea of having a typeface that's thought out as a UI typeface -- that's not been done before." http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/17/google-font

Microsoft Project Adam: using neural network to classify images, alegedly faster and more accuratley than Google.



The goal of Project Adam is to enable software to visually recognize any object. It’s a tall order, given the immense neural network in human brains that makes those kinds of associations possible through trillions of connections.

Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi works on high performance computing and building large-scale distributed systems. His most recent research with three other colleagues focuses on Project Adam and its object classification, culling a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags.

Using 30 times fewer machines than other systems, that data was used to train a neural network made up of more than two billion connections. This scalable infrastructure is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems.

More http://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2014/07/14/microsoft-research-shows-advances-artificial-intelligence-project-adam/

Introducing Project Adam: a new deep-learning system

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

ThoughtWorks Conway's Law organisations design systems which are copies of the communication structures of these organisations



Conway's Law - Conway's Law, that states that "organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations", keeps appearing in unexpected places. One of the key tenets of the Agile Manifesto is "People over Processes and Tools", and we see Conway's Law reinforcing this idea both negatively and positively. Some companies are mired in siloed structures that add needless friction to engineering efforts, while more enlightened companies use team organization to drive the kinds of architectures they want. We're learning the peril of ignoring Conway's Law and the benefits of leveraging it.

Latest ThoughtWorks Technology Radar http://thoughtworks.fileburst.com/assets/technology-radar-july-2014-en.pdf

Big Data wins the world cup for Germany

Interesting insight on how Big Data was used by the German football to gain a competitive advantage against their opposing teams. SAP are the developers of the system... expect a commercial version to be available soon.

When not watching their own tapes during the World Cup, the German team was studying up on the performance of its competitors. “We also have a lot of qualitative data for the opposition available,” German team general manager Oliver Bierhoff said in an interview with ESPN this week. “Jérôme Boateng asked to look at the way Cristiano Ronaldo moves in the box, to use another example. And before the game against France, we saw that the French were very concentrated in the middle but left spaces on the flanks because their full-backs didn’t push up properly. So we targeted those areas.” http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2014/07/10/germanys-12th-man-at-the-world-cup-big-data/