Wayback Machine, AI, YouTube Red and emojis

The Wayback Machine gets an update

An important part of the world’s cultural heritage now resides only on the web. The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine is used by millions to access 19 years of the web’s history – offering access to over 439 billion web captures including old web pages, video and images (1 billion pages captured each week). The Wayback Machine will soon be updated. When completed in 2017, it will have more higher quality webpages that are easier to find. “Taking the Wayback Machine to the next level will make the entire web more reliable, transparent and accessible for everyone.”

Update features: http://blog.archive.org/2015/10/21/grant-to-develop-the-next-generation-wayback-machine/

 

Google is letting Artificial Intelligence run search

Artificial intelligence (AI) is developing a prominent role in search. For the past few months, a “very large fraction” of the millions of search queries per second typed into Google have been interpreted by an artificial intelligence system, nicknamed RankBrain. RankBrain uses AI to embed vast amounts of written language into vectors that the the computer can understand. If RankBrain sees a word or phrase it isn’t familiar with, the machine can make a guess as to what words have similar meanings and filter the result accordingly. This helps Google deal with the 15% of queries a day which it has never seen before. Google aims to embed AI into every aspect of its business. Facebook uses AI to filter our newsfeeds and Microsoft is using AI to increase the capabilities of Bing.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-26/google-turning-its-lucrative-web-search-over-to-ai-machines

 

YouTube Red

YouTube Red is a new $10 per month subscription service, starting in the US this week before going international. All ads are removed from all videos, everywhere you watch (however, this does not apply to paid content, such as paid channels or movie purchases). YouTube Red will be available for YouTube, YouTube Gaming apps, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV, gaming consoles. You can download YouTube videos to your phone or tablet and watch them for up to 30 days without a connection. You can also isten to videos on your phone when your screen is off (good for music). Subscribers will also get a free monthly Google Play Music subscription and access to members-only original shows and movies from top YouTubers. The YouTube Music app will start soon as a dedicated place to listen to music on YouTube.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/youtube-red-details/?ftag=CAD3c77551&bhid=23787909704659446143753669728655

 

Will you heart Facebook’s new emojis?

Facebook is adding 6 more symbols to help 1.5 billion Facebook users express themselves. Along with the Like button, we will be getting Yay, Angry, Haha, Wow, Sad and Love. Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook did not want to add the negativity of a Dislike button. The new emojis are currently being tested in Ireland and Spain. Emojis originated in ancient Japan and Japanese cell phone makers were using them in texting apps in the 1990s. “e” means picture and “moji” means character.

http://www.cnet.com/news/will-you-heart-facebooks-new-emojis/?ftag=CAD1c318f6&bhid=23787909704659446143753669728655

Yes it’s Back to the Future Day today 21 Oct 2015 – but what are the technology predictions for 21 October 2045?

 

Read what some Australian tech experts think….

 

  • 2045 will be a world of ubiquitous, continuous computing – smartphones and tablets will be so 2015!
  • We will be able to control some machines through brain control and telepathy
  • Pilots will be obsolete and planes will run on biofuels and repair themselves
  • Scramjet-powered planes will fly to London in less than an hour
  • People will be digitally ever-present in a fully connected world
  • Individuals will have a unique global digital identity – with privacy settings!
  • Data will be owned by the individual who creates it – allowing individuals to trade, share and volunteer their data for personal gain (eg.targeted advertising – yes you Google…)
  • Disrupted domestic political orders will transform the world (new Prime Ministers every 2months?)
  • Neural implants and active contact lenses will connect you digitally with your world
  • Apple’s iOS 20 delivers true artificial intelligence in all the major languages of the world to our phones and tablets. Google releases Android version later.
  • Apple and Android AI operating systems compete to control our cars, homes, phones and offices
  • And YES! Flying cars! Or rather, flying taxis.

 

http://theconversation.com/its-back-to-the-future-day-today-so-what-are-the-next-future-predictions-48740?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+October+21+2015+-+3674&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+October+21+2015+-+3674+CID_fed86e8284e6bf194323ce97c54e2fbc&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Its%20Back%20to%20the%20Future%20Day%20today%20%20so%20what%20are%20the%20next%20future%20predictions