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List of Google Now voice commands

Google Now can do tons of great stuff using nothing but voice commands. The list is more longer than you might think!

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Google Now isn’t new but the feature is getting more rich all the time. That’s because it’s learning.

The learning computer has been the dream and destination since Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace worked together on their invention the Analytical Engine computational device which is the first ancestor to the modern computer. Even in the early infancy the two debated voraciously if the device they invented which only performed the computations they programmed, could one day learn on it’s own and be interacted as though it were not a machine.

Alan Turing knew of this philosophical debate and created a test known as the Turing test which consisted of three questions for being able to tell the difference between a response of a human being from that of a computer. Turing is an incredible man worth study and recently the topic of the movie “The Imitation Game” which chronicled his work on the Enigma machine which he designed to crack the cipher being used by the German’s in World War II. He was able to foresee the power of computers and knew how easily they could be programmed to deceive as much as find truths.

This fantasy which seems like it’s part of a science-fiction novel is incredibly real. Jarvis from Iron Man is here and it’s call Google Now. Apple came out with Siri a few years back and people had a lot of fun at parties showing off the tricks they’d learned to make Siri perform.

Google Now is backed by the Google search algorithms which makes it a little different. Unlike Apple who’s core business is hardware, Google’s core business is about knowing you. They are inventing artificial intelligence that does a better job of demonstrating empathy than an actual human being is capable of doing. Coupled with Moore’s law, the Google AI is expected to be smarter than the smartest man in just a few years. Meaning we indeed will no longer be able to tell the difference between a computer that needed us to program them, and one that does not.

So Google Now may seem like a novelty, and for now it’s function is limited to that which the programmers allow. Rest assured, while we’re “playing” and “trying” Google is learning and their destination is clear. They are making the technology we really need; the technology that doesn’t need us.

Can a computer really think on it’s own? Or are some problems only built for the human brain, no matter how much computational brute force you can throw at it?

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Tim Berners-Lee: The next web | TED Talk | TED.com

This guy is WAY more important that Steve Jobs but most people have no idea about the incredibly important contributions this guy has made.

What you need to know: It has always been the dream of the world’s smartest people to be able to collaborate with their contemporaries and peers. This is the first time in history that technology has enabled the sharing of concepts to this level.

The importance of the web is that we will one day solve all the worlds problems by working together. In some cases this may be in spite of despotic regimes who do not want to yield power to democratic process and try to quash any ability to improve.

Fortunately their day is done and there’s no putting the horse back in the barn.

Knowledge is power!

Categories: Business, Computers, Economics, Linguistics, Philosophy, Privacy

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The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem

Apparently 99% of the internet is darkweb filth. (If you need to ask then no explanation will suffice)

I’m not a particularly judgmental person and think to each his own especially when it comes to one’s leisure activities. But if you’re not alarmed when you encounter the dark web there’s something really wrong with and you need to seek professional help. Seriously, if you think it’s just funny, stop reading and go tell your doctor.

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web (sorry Al Gore, I know you’re pretty important too) he wanted the greatest minds on the planet to document, collaborate and share. He wanted to cure diseases and discover alternate sources of energy. It’s unfortunate that the power of computer networks has been corrupted by the world’s most evil people and organizations.

The implication is that now everyone is being spied on constantly by the NSA, CSIS and God knows who else. If you haven’t been paying attention, too bad, too late, you said you’re ok with it and gave away your rights without even know it happened.

There’s a lot of reasons your government would want to know what you’re thinking. Chances are you wouldn’t want anyone knowing what you’re doing on the internet (the internet is 80% porn). If you’re generally uneducated on the topic, and a racist who lives in constant fear of terror attacks then you might be motivated to say go right ahead and spy on me please. (maybe?)

The funny thing is, the world’s evil doers don’t even use the regular public internet connections we use that get spied on (obviously). In fact, they use the highly encrypted and untraceable deep web technology that our own government developed, then released to the public. (true story)

As I said, this is not intended to be political, but I say we take the internet back by filling it with the best concepts and ideas we have to offer. It’s unfortunate but in some cases where free speech and human rights are not granted freely that means using anonymity and there are a lot of reasons why anonymizing technology can be used for good.

In order to empower our democratic process the population can’t be spied on and treated like criminals.

I urge everyone to find out what this means. Learn about net neutrality and modular math to know how to be a safe and responsible internet citizen.

I’m just new to this and learning but would love to learn more. Please leave a comment about other important information that should be public knowledge. Let’s play safe and keep each other from getting hurt.

Please don’t send me to irc rooms. 🙂

Categories: Computers, Linguistics, Philosophy, Privacy, Security

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