1. The Professional Claudia Menashe needed pictures of sick people. A project director at the National Health Museum in Washington, DC, Menashe was putting together a series of interactive kiosks devoted to potential pandemics like the avian flu. An exhibition designer had created a plan for the kiosk itself, but now Menashe was looking for images to accompany the text. Rather than hire a photographer to take shots of people suffering from the flu, Menashe decided to use preexisting images — stock photography, as it's known in the publishing industry. In October 2004, she ran across a stock photo collection by Mark Harmel, a freelance photographer living in Manhattan Beach, California. Harmel, whose wife is a doctor, specializes in images related to the health care industry. "Claudia wanted people sneezing, getting immunized, that sort of thing," recalls Harmel, a slight, soft-spoken 52-year-old. The National Health Museum has grand plans to occupy a spot on the National Mall in … [Read more...] about The Rise of Crowdsourcing
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All we hear is, ADSL ga-ga, 3G goo-goo... Given the fiasco over local loop unbundling and the 3G licence debacle, one could be forgiven for thinking electronic content and commerce has burst out of the starting blocks only to trip up. But there is an unlikely contender waiting in the wings, as Lisa Burroughes finds out... Radio is often viewed as TV's poor relation. When it comes to the entertainment people will pay for, visuals and graphics invariably win the day. What's more, the prospect of digital TV has many believing the days of radio are doomed. But radio companies have been quietly planning their comeback, and it's called digital audio broadcasting (DAB). Over the last few months, digital radio stations have been launching on a monthly basis in the UK, and many in the business are now calling for the media secretary to set a deadline for switching off analogue radio. So far there are two national multiplexes - core switching networks a public one owned by the BBC and a … [Read more...] about Radio
For a while, it seemed, the collapse of the nation's telecommunications network might be a good thing. Some people reacquainted themselves with nature. Admittedly, there were others who still wandered the streets looking lost, as if they had suddenly been transplanted into a different reality. They were in the midst of the real world, not the virtual reality where they had been spending most of their time. And frankly, they seemed a little disappointed with it. It was slow to move around, there weren't any interactive menus and a few complained that the graphics weren't very realistic. Their disappointment was fairly short lived, however. Soon after the mobile network went down, the PocketPad 2000 came out. It was a new kind of mobile phone, or at least that's how the marketing spin went. 'So big it's hard to lose,' the advertisement announced, pointing to the big new screen and keyboard. It was the response to complaints about the earlier model, which was so small people were losing … [Read more...] about The Incumbent: Epilogue
WIRED Logo Click to share this story on Facebook Click to share this story on Twitter Click to email this story Click to comment on this story. (will open new tab) This article is a collaboration between WIRED and Epic Magazine. Love in the Time of Robots Hiroshi Ishiguro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using them to understand the mechanics of person-to-person interaction. But his true quest is to untangle the ineffable nature of connection itself. by Alex Mar 10.17.17 It is summer 2002, mid-morning in a university research lab on the edge of Osaka, Japan. Two girls—both dressed in pale yellow, with child-puffy cheeks, black shoulder-length hair, and bangs—stand opposite each other under fluorescent lights. More precisely: One is a girl, 5 years old; the other is her copy, her android replica. They are the same size, one modeled on the other, and … [Read more...] about Are We Ready for Intimacy with Robots?
Modern advances in materials technology and innovations in design transformed the way people shop for tents. While comparing options, shoppers used to be faced with choosing between heavy tents with lots of features or lightweight, minimalistic tents. Thankfully, those days are quickly fading away as the sea of available varieties grows at a rapid clip.Today, the latest crop of tents are now lighter than ever and more versatile than any previous generation. To help navigate the crop, we’ve compared the features, benefits, weights, and designs of the market’s top styles, selecting a handful as our ultimate favorites. Whether you’re simply pitching a tent in your backyard or slinging one on your back for a multi-day backpacking trip, these are the very best tents currently available. REI Quarter Dome 2Why should you buy this: With a price tag that undercuts most of its competition, the REI Quarter Dome 2 provides ample room for two people and their gear. … [Read more...] about The best tents to keep you comfortable while sleeping under the stars
Until charging stations dot every corner, Audi’s A3 e-tron Sportback delivers the perks of an EV without the crippling range anxiety. Before The Volkswagen Group became entwined in its “Dieselgate” scandal, the organization was hard at work on electrified powertrains for consumers who want to be done dealing with gallons – of diesel or gasoline – altogether.Audi describes the A3 e-tron Sportback as a transitional vehicle for consumers who want the benefits of plug-in hybrid efficiency without drastically altering their lifestyles, as opposed to those willing to rearrange their lives around charging stations. On the surface, the A3 e-tron promises superb driving range along with high levels of technology and performance.Audi made it clear that news of emissions-cheating devices by its parent company had shocked and angered the brand, so the question is: Can a focus on electrically-assisted platforms help clear the air?Paving the road to an e-LifeWith 75 … [Read more...] about First drive: 2016 Audi A3 e-tron
History often presents us with valuable lessons. Sometimes, those lessons come from unexpected directions, as in the case of the roleplaying game (RPG) industry in general, and the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) product lines within that industry in particular. Believe it or not, this industry's history has a lot to teach those of us who develop, support, or sell software professionally. This is because, when it comes to a lot of the particulars of development and marketing, the RPG and software industries are more alike than different. They both depend on knowledge workers and creative developers, they both involve attempting to make money off of works that can essentially be copied and distributed for free in today's Internet-connected world, and they are both governed by copyright law.Hang in there. For these lessons to have their full impact, we need to start with selected details of the history of the RPG industry and the D&D game lines.In the beginningBack in the 1970s, … [Read more...] about The Open Game License: A case study in open source markets