Pacemaker the size of a nickel

Technology advances continue to shrink medical devices, such as this newly approved nickel-sized pacemaker from Medtronics.

According to Wikipedia, “The first clinical implantation into a human of a fully implantable pacemaker was in 1958.”  Prior to that, external pacemakers weighed 100 pounds or more and required an AC wall socket or 12-volt car battery.  Below a biomedical engineering student explains the advances in pacemaker technology.

Since Medtronics calls its new pacemaker the “world’s smallest”, it’s NEWWorthy.

Artificial Imagination

MIT Technology Review writes about “Inside Vicarious, the Secretive AI Startup Bringing Imagination to Computers“.  The company, Vicarious, even uses the word “imagine” on their website to describe generative models and how they might/can be integrated with generalizing, unsupervised learning, inductive bias, and network structure research to break through A.I. barriers.

Perhaps one reason robots and computers are limited in their A.I. (artificial intelligence) is that they can’t or have a difficult time using their knowledge to extrapolate in new scenarios.  Humans do this all the time.

For example, you’ve driven in many cities and seen what traffic patterns are like.  So now, driving in a new place — a new country even — you begin to form an opinion about what you can expect when you come into the city for the first time.  It might not be the right guess, but at least you are able to imagine what it might be like from your past experience and what you may have read about this place.  I drove in France a few years ago for the first time, and I learned quickly how to amend my imagined guesses.

Wikipedia quotes several articles regarding the term Artificial Imagination that go back to the early 2000’s, so it’s possible the term originated over a decade ago.  But with the research that is going on today, and expectations that Artificial Imagination may lead to vast improvements in A.I., the term may become NEWWorthy once again.  Who knows?  In 10 to 20 years, it could be that A.I. is used to refer to Artificial Imagination rather than Artificial Intelligence.

If Artificial Imagination rules robot intelligence, maybe it will make robots easier for people to work with.  After all, it would be nice to know that robots, like many humans, imagine themselves on a beach next vacation.


What’s a laplet?

A few years ago, there was a lot of talk about whether 2-1 (two in one, tablet/laptop) computers would be successful.  The Microsoft Surface and other 2-in-1 devices have had some success, but now some analysts think the Microsoft Surface Book defines the laplet target market.

It’s not just a tablet, like the still popular iPad.  For now, a laplet is a Surface Book.  And with a significant increase in market share over the last year, laplet sales are primed for further growth — at the expense of tablet marketshare?

As Intel bumps up against the limits of Moore’s Law — perhaps within the next 5 years — consumers and businesses will look to innovations in design and software to spur future purchases.  Time will tell whether laplets will satisfy most users needs.  That is, other than their trusty phones.

Man Using Laptop clip art

Family Tree Solitaire can be played on the web

Now (May 19, 2016) I’ve also posted quick/short rules for the game on my website in text format for printing.  There is also a pdf version of the intro video that you can print.

Tile358x173Now you can also play my new video game Family Tree Solitaire on the web for FREE– however, the web version probably won’t run in mobile (phone or tablet) browsers or internet explorer.  Below are links to getting the game for FREE on various device stores.

Get it on Windows 10AvailableAtAmazonGet it on Google Play