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February 16 2012

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A Robot Teaches Itself How to Walk

Cornell University professor Hod Lipson demonstrates how a robot can teach itself to walk without any knowledge of its form and function. "Within a relatively small number of these babbling actions, it will figure out what it looks like," Lipson says. He adds that eventually "it can figure out how to move."
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January 21 2012

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„Die meisten Zitate im Internet sind falsch.“ (Aristoteles)
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December 04 2011

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November 25 2011

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November 13 2011

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Technical Linux User Support for a Internet Problem
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November 12 2011

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November 03 2011

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October 26 2011

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October 24 2011

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October 20 2011

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October 18 2011

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October 13 2011

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Na das ging ja schnell: Bundestrojaner für Mac
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October 11 2011

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October 09 2011

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Sie fahren mit Lichtgeschwindigkeit und eingeschalteten Fernlicht über eine Landstraße. Plötzlich überholt ein Neutrino. Was sollten sie tun?
a) abblenden
b) ihren 7 jährigen Urgroßvater am Straßenrand überfahren
c) dem Neutrino den Vogel deuten und auffordern, sich gefälligst an die Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung zu halten
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October 01 2011

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September 29 2011

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Miracles of Moving Heavy Objects in the Past Revealed
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September 19 2011

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User experience

[We open in a well-lit corporate conference room. A meeting has been running for a while. Lots has been accomplished but time is running out.]

[The door opens and a tall, tow-headed twenty-something guy in glasses walks in, carrying a Mac Air and a folder.]

Manager:
Oh, here he is. This is Richard. I asked him to join us today. Glad he could make it. He's got some great user experience ideas.

Richard:
Call me Dick.

Manager:
Dick's done a lot of seminal UX work for us.

Engineer:
Hey, aren't you the guy who's arguing we shouldn't have search in e-books?

Dick:
Absolutely. It's a lousy idea.

Engineer:
What?

Dick:
Books are the best UI ever created. They've been perfected over more than 500 years of development. We shouldn't mess with success.

Product manager:
Well, this is a new age. We should be allowed to ...

Dick:
Books have never had search. If we add search, we'll just confuse the user.

Product manager:
Oh, you're right. We don't want to do that.

Engineer:
But e-books aren't physical books. They're not words on paper. They're just bits, information.

Dick:
Our users don't know that.

Engineer:
Yes they do! They don't want simple books, they want the possibilities that electronic books can bring. Do you know about information theory? Have you even heard of Claude Shannon?

Dick:
Isn't he the chef at that new biodynamic tofu restaurant in North Beach?

Engineer:
Uhh, yeah, OK. But look, you're treating books as a metaphor for your user interface. That's as lame as using a trash can to throw away files and folders. We can do so much more!

Dick:
You misunderstand. Our goal is to make computers easier to use, not to make them more useful.

Product manager:
Wow, that's good.

Engineer:
Wow.

Manager:
Let's get back on track. Dick, you had some suggestions for us?

Dick:
Yeah. I was thinking about the work we did with the Notes iPhone app. Using a font that looked like a felt marker was a big help for users.

Engineer:
Seriously?

Dick:
Yes, it made users feel more comfortable about keeping notes on their phone. Having a font that looks like handwriting helps them forget there's a computer underneath.

Engineer:
I see....

Dick:
Yes, so... I was thinking for the Address Book app for Lion, we should change the look to be like a...

Manager:
Can you show us?

Dick:
Yeah, sure. I have a mock-up here.
[Opens laptop, turns it to face the room.]

Product manager:
An address book! That's fantastic. Look at the detail! Leather, seams at the corners, a visible spine. This is awesome!

Engineer:
It's just a book. It's a throwback. What are you doing? Why does it need to look like a physical address book?

Dick:
Because it is an address book!

Engineer:
No it's not, it's an app!

Dick:
It's a book.

Engineer:
You've made it one. This time it's not even a metaphor - it's literally a book. You're giving up on the possibility of doing more.

Dick:
As I said, users don't care about functionality. They want comfort and familiarity. An Address Book app that looks like an address book will be welcome. Soothing.

Engineer:
If they want a paper address book, they can buy one.

Dick:
Why would they do that if they have one on their desktop?

Engineer:
Can they at least change the appearance? Is there a setting somewhere?

Dick:
Oh, no. We know better than the user - otherwise why are we here? Settings are just confusing.

Engineer:
I ... I really don't understand what's going on.

Manager:
That's OK, you don't have to, but I'd like to give you the action item to build it. End of the quarter OK?

Engineer:
Uhhh, sure.

Manager.
Dick, do you have the requirements doc there?

Dick:
Right here.
[Pushes the folder across the desk.]

Engineer:
Can't you just mail it to me?

Dick:
It's right there.

Engineer:
I know, but... OK.

Manager:
That's a great start, Dick. What else do you have?

Dick:
Well, actually, maybe this is the time to announce that I'm moving on. Today is my last day here.

Manager, Product manager:
[Unison] Oh no!

Dick:
Yeah, sorry about that. I've had an amazing time here changing the world but it's tiem for me to seek new challenges.

Manager:
Do you have something in mind?

Dick:
Yes, I'm moving north. Microsoft has asked me to head a group there. They've got some amazing new ideas around paper clips.

FADE
command center: User experience
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September 11 2011

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Fun With an Old Hard Drive
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September 09 2011

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I made an NTP joke once. The tim­ing was per­fect.
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September 03 2011

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