The Internet of Things

internet-of-thingsWhat do you know of the Internet of Things?

Most likely you may not have heard the expression before, yet the term was first documented back in 1999 so not entirely new, and it refers to the connectivity or interconnection of all sorts of embedded devices, systems and services that goes beyond mere machine to machine communication. The important thing is that it is able to interoperate within the existing internet infrastructure.

Well, you say, how does that affect me?

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Storing your stuff –Where?

cloud_storageUp to now you may have stored all your documents and worksheets on your hard drive in your computer, or if you use a tablet or smart-phone you may have elected to use one the cloud storage services to overcome the problem of  insufficient storage capacity on your device.

As a member of Kapiti SeniorNet you may have been shown how to use OneDrive, Microsoft’s answer to cloud storage, but there are quite a number of other options well worth taking a look at. Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence under the Loup

I remember IIIn his post “Chatting to yourself” the point was made by Thor that Artificial Intelligence was well and truly on the cards for the future and being pursued by most of the large corporation in the technology area and needed watching.

This view is certainly one that is echoed by many of the insiders in the tech world including people like Steve Wozniak [Co-founder of Apple Computers] who said: “Computers are going to take over from humans”, Bill Gates said: “Within a few decades AI will be strong enough to be of concern”, Stephen Hawking [the Physicist] went one further and said: “AI could spell the end of the human race”. Continue reading

Chatting to yourself?

voice-recognitionYou may remember the recent post about the next Window 10 OS and about Siri and Cortana, the voice recognition software provided by Apple for their iPhones and Microsoft for their upcoming operating system for Windows phones and tablets.

Now I wonder how you feel about the idea of actually interacting with a device, or a machine for that matter, even if we have all seen it in the movies for years?  I don’t mean the Dick Tracy type wrist communicator, but speaking to your mobile phone and getting an answer which shows you that your question or request was correctly understood and having the knowledge to reply correctly.

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